DiscoverE

Edmonton Summer Camps (North Campus)

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About Edmonton Camps

Registration for Summer 2019 camps is now open!

At DiscoverE’s award-winning camps, participants complete exciting projects and challenges across engineering, science, technology, and math. From our gripping general science camps to our thrilling theme camps, there is fun science waiting for everyone! Our instructors are undergraduate and graduate students who act as mentors in higher education. Some of our instructors were originally DiscoverE campers themselves!

Our Edmonton camps are run on University of Alberta's North Campus. Camp hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm and early drop-off occurs from 8:00am to 9:00am while late pick-up is from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. All camps cost $275, except for camp weeks with a statutory holiday, which cost $225. Partial and full bursaries are available for youth in need. Our camps are designed for the stated grade ranges - please do not register your child in a camp outside their grade range. The grades listed indicate the grades the campers will start in September 2019.

On the last day of every camp, parents have the chance to come to campus and check out what their kids have been working on all week in our Open House!

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Please familiarize yourself with DiscoverE's camp policies.

2019 Camp Schedule

Faded dots signify weeks when the camp is full. Current registration information can be viewed by holding your mouse over one of the dots on the schedule, or by calling our office at 780-492-8779.
  • Circles indicate when a camp is running.
  • For communities outside of Edmonton, see Off-Campus Camps.

This year we are partnering with Mobile Escape! Campers get ready! At Mobile Escape summer camp, not only will campers get to solve 3 escape room challenges, they will get a chance to build their own, and challenge friends and family to try and solve it! This fun-filled, hands-on summer camp engages campers in a variety of creative disciplines: from visual art to 3D design, music and storywriting, building and making, and more! Not to mention the difficult but rewarding task of encoding and decoding tricky clues. Using creativity and imagination, campers will be challenged as they learn to work together, contributing their unique gifts and strengths to the project. This one-of-a-kind week culminates in a showcase where friends and family will get to try out the escape room made by the campers.

Campers complete Mobile Escape puzzles on the first day. They then brainstorm, blueprint, design, build and refine an escape room before showcasing the completed product Friday afternoon. Campers work in teams to complete all aspects of the escape room, including story, rules, audio elements, videos, lighting, technical wiring and programming, design, construction, artwork, decor, promotions and showcase.

Space is limited so sign up today!


Les Camps Français

Nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que pour la première fois cet été, DiscoverE offrira deux camps d’été entièrement en français. Les camps auront lieu du 8 au 12 juillet au campus St-Jean au cout de $275,00. Les camps offerts seront le génie chimique captivant pour les étudiants ayant terminés la 4e ou 5e année ainsi que l’aéronautique et le génie mécanique pour les étudiants ayant terminé la 6e ou 7e année. La description des camps se trouve ci-dessous. L’inscription à ces camps est maintenant ouverte! 

Camp Descriptions

The grades listed indicate the grades the campers will start in September 2019.

Grade 1

New Scientists

It is never too early to start learning about science! Young scientists will explore the world all around us with a glimpse into engineering, chemistry, environmental science and more!

Example project: campers will explore static electricity by making a tissue paper butterfly's wings flap using a balloon.


Grades 2–3

Astronaut Training

This camp is out of this world! Campers will explore how scientists study outer space, other planets, solar systems and stars.

Example project: campers will pretend to be ancient explorers and come up with their own constellation in the stars. They will make a model of it using space play dough and beads and create a backstory for their constellation.

Engineering Discoveries

Discover the world of engineering! Campers will learn about all the different fields of engineering and how engineering has shaped our world. If you attended this camp last year, don't worry! A brand new set of exciting projects will be awaiting you!

Example project: campers will explore the world of environmental engineering by designing a wildlife crossing for a specific animal to keep them safe as they travel across a busy highway.

Fossil Finders

Dive into the world of paleontology! Campers will learn about fossils, dinosaurs and how scientists today are learning about the Earth as it was millions of years ago.

Example project: campers will investigate how ancient life can be preserved in tree resin to create amber fossils. They will mimic this process by preserving a plastic bug and create their own amber fossil that they can take home.

 

Technology Discoveries

Discover the electronic world! Campers will learn about simple logic used in programming, technology, and build simple robots.

Example project: campers will learn about pixels and how advances in technology have led to better graphics by creating a high resolution and low resolution pixel image using different kinds of graph paper.


Grades 4–5

Captivating Chemical Engineering

Come explore the captivating world of chemical engineering! Campers will explore the atomic building blocks of our world through hands on experiments and engineering-style design projects.

Example project: campers will use their knowledge and skills to identify five unknown substances. They will be given only distilled water, vinegar and phenolphthalein to use in a variety of physical and chemical tests to identify these mysterious substances.

Earth Sciences

Unearth information about the world around us! Campers will delve into geology, geography and meteorology to discover more about what makes up the planet we call home.

Example project: campers will learn about topography and how scientists map our planet. They then will build their own 3D topographical maps of somewhere of their choosing using salt dough and paint.

Fantastic Fauna

Discover some of the incredibly unique animals that live all over the world! Campers will explore a variety of creatures from some of the smallest animals that live in the ocean to mammals that live in the desert.

Example project: campers will explore the habitat and eating habits of owls by dissecting owl pellets. Owls tend to swallow their prey whole. Some parts (like fur and bones) are hard to digest and are regurgitated as a pellet.

Robotics 4-5

For the first time, DiscoverE is offering a Robotics camp for this age group! Campers will use our huge collection of Lego Mindstorms robotics kits to build and program robots to complete various challenges.

Example project: campers will start by building and programming a robot that is capable of moving forwards, backwards, and turning left and right.


Grades 6-7

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the world of mechanical engineering! Campers will investigate what a mechanical engineer does, and some of the different industries that a mechanical engineer can work in, including aerospace technology.

Example project: campers will learn about the difficulties of space travel and design a lunar lander equipped with shock-absorbing landing gear that can keep two marshmallow astronauts safe during landing.

Mobile Escape 6-7

DiscoverE is partnering with Mobile Escape for this camp! Campers will create an outer space themed escape room over the course of the week. The escape room will involve the task of solving clues to unlock the final step in the escape room. Participants completing the camper-created escape room must solve clues to gain access to a scan card that will trigger the ending theatrics. Do you think you will be able to escape?

Music Technology

Explore the world of music using technology! Campers will be introduced to the basics behind music and sound effect production and creation.

Example project: campers will learn about the many sounds produced by the vocal cords and will get the opportunity to visually see and edit their voice using software. They will be able to manipulate their voice into sounds like a robot, creature or extraterrestrial being. 

Robotics 6-7

Explore the world of robotics using Lego Mindstorms! Campers will be able to use our huge collection of Lego Mindstorms robotics kits to build and program robots to complete challenges. If you attended this camp last year, don't worry! There is a brand new selection of projects and challenges awaiting you!

Example project: campers will build and program a robot that has the best dance moves. The entire camp will be challenged to design a synchronized dance and then there will be an opportunity to free design their own dance.

Survival Science 101

Do you have the skills to survive? Investigate what can be done with everyday materials in order to survive in extreme situations and locations, from the Arctic to a deserted island.

Example project: campers will design a shelter big enough for one camper to fit in. There will be environmental factors to take into account in the design and testing criteria in order to determine if the shelter is successful for that particular environment.


Grades 8-9

Innovate with Technology

Explore the world of design with technology! Campers will dive into some of the applications of technology in design and learn about 3D printing, photo editing, building design, and more!

Example project: campers will design and create a 3D model of a board game piece. Then, they will use software to prepare their piece to be 3D printed.

Mobile Escape 8-9

DiscoverE is partnering with Mobile Escape for this camp! Campers will create an outer space themed escape room over the course of the week. The escape room will involve the task of solving clues to unlock the final step in the escape room. Participants completing the camper-created escape room must solve clues to gain access to a scan card that will trigger the ending theatrics. Do you think you will be able to escape?

Nanotechnology & Electrical Engineering

Get excited about the worlds of electrical engineering and nanotechnology! Discover what electrical engineers do, from nanotechnology to computer design and more!

Example project: campers will explore electricity, circuits, insulators and conductors by making circuits out of unconventional materials like play dough.

Physics FUNdamentals

Physics is what makes the world turn, but how does it work? Campers will dive into the world of physics and learn how they can make the laws of physics work for them!

Example project: campers will learn about pendulums and make art masterpieces by tying a water bottle filled with paint on a meter stick and swing it like a pendulum.

Robotics 8-9

Explore the world of robotics with Lego Mindstorms! Campers will use our huge collection of Lego Mindstorms robotics kits to build and program robots to complete challenges. If you attended this camp last year, don't worry! There will be a brand new set of challenges awaiting you!

Example project: campers will design and program a robot that is capable of playing basketball. The testing criteria will be for the robot to throw a ping pong ball into a hoop.