Classroom Kits, Workshops & STEAM Centres

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Classroom Kits

Classroom Kits are full hands-on projects and activities that are funded through various partners in industry as well as the University of Alberta. Kits come with materials, resources and supplies for a full class of 40 students and include a complete package for the teacher to guide and facilitate all activities.

If you are interested in our classroom kits, please reach out to us at

Grade 1: Mini Zoo

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Guiding Question

How do plants and animals survive?

Learning Outcome

Students investigate and examine needs of plants and animals.

In this project students express their creativity while exploring living systems, and investigating the needs of plants and animals! Each student will invent an alien creature with unique traits and needs, then build a home for their animal based on these needs. The class will collaborate to piece together their environments, creating one cohesive alien zoo containing all of their special creatures!

Grade 2: Anchors Away

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Guiding Question

How can the suitability of materials be determined for specific purposes?

Learning Outcome

Students investigate properties of materials and relate them to a purpose.

Students will investigate the suitability of different materials for a specific purpose as they design and build their own boat, exploring properties of buoyancy, density, and gravity. Students will follow instructions to build a base design for their boat including a simple motor. After that, they can improve on this base by adding their own design elements! They will then test their boat to see how various materials, design elements affect the functionality of their boat.

Grade 5: Carbon Capture

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Guiding Question

How can climate and its effects be understood? How can states of matter be explained using the particle model of matter?

In this hands-on project, your class can become the environmental engineers of tomorrow! Students will deepen their understanding of energy resources in Alberta while investigating the particle model of matter. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology is a growing industry in Canada. In this activity students will build a small-scale model of a CCS facility which can capture, compress, transport, and safely store carbon dioxide.

Grade 8: Water Treatment Plant

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Learning Outcomes

Unit A - 2: Investigate and describe the composition of fluids, and interpret the behaviour of materials in solution.

Unit E - 2: Analyze human impacts on aquatic systems.

In this scientific inquiry project, students explore the issue of clean water access while taking on the role of a chemical engineer. Just like engineers in the real world, students will design and implement different processes to purify a contaminated water sample in their own mini treatment plant. They will practice recording data by analyzing the quality of the water and learn that engineering is based on iterative design.

Grade 10: Navigating Nitinol

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Learning Outcomes

Unit A - 1: Describe the basic particles that make up the underlying structure of matter.

Unit B - 2: Explain and apply concepts used in theoretical and practical measures of energy in mechanical systems.

This interdisciplinary project uses the power of materials engineering to solve matters of the heart! Students will learn about the different types of materials, their properties, and how to characterize them with the Materials Engineering Tetrahedron. Using a very unique alloy called Nitinol, they will create a stent, insert it into a 3D printed heart, and activate it to compress an arterial blockage.

Grade 11: Carbon Capture

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Learning Outcomes

Unit D - 1: Explain how balanced chemical equations indicate the quantitative relationships between reactants and products involved in chemical changes.

Unit C - Focusing Question: Why is an understanding of acid-base and solution chemistry important in our daily lives and in the environment?

This project is designed to teach students about carbon dioxide from the perspective of chemical and environmental engineers. While exploring Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, students will build their knowledge of the carbon cycle, pH scale, and stoichiometry. Students will then put their skills to practice performing a series of experiments to create, remove, detect, and measure carbon dioxide from an air sample.

Workshops + STEAM Centres

We are excited to announce that workshops & STEAM centres will return in Spring 2024! Workshops are hour-long sessions presented by a pair of enthusiastic, highly-trained University of Alberta student instructors. All participants will engage in demonstrations and interactive experiments and will build a take-home project. Workshops function as excellent unit introductions or reviews.

STEAM centres are designed to be smaller, shorter, station-based activities for younger grade students to show them a variety of fun and exciting activities to ignite their love of STEAM!

Apply for Workshops + STEAM Centres

Grade 1: Insulation with Igloos

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Guiding Question

In what ways can environments change?

Learning Outcome

Students analyze environments and investigate interactions and changes.

In this fun, hands-on activity students will explore how seasonal changes influence our daily lives through building their own mini igloo.

Grade 3: Pyramid Slingshot

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Guiding Question

How can forces relate to changes in movement?

Learning Outcome

Students investigate and explain how forces affect the movement of objects.

Students will learn how forces relate to changes in movement. They will observe applied forces, elastic forces, and tension in action as they build a slingshot!

Grade 4: Earth & Magnetism

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Guiding Question

How can forces affect objects from a distance?

Learning Outcome

Students investigate how forces can act on objects without contact.

Using magnetic materials, students will explore how magnets interact with each other as they create a representation of Earth’s magnetosphere.

Grade 7: Structures & Forces

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Learning Outcome

Unit D - 2: Investigate and analyze forces within structures, and forces applied to them

Unit D - 4: Demonstrate and describe processes used in developing, evaluating and improving structures that will meet human needs with a margin of safety.

Students will learn about compressive and tensile forces and the role they play in structures through building their own gravity-defying tensegrity table!

Grades 1-6: STEAM Centres

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Learning Outcome

Students will build foundational knowledge across different scientific ideas, methods and thinking.

These open ended STEAM related challenges involve unstructured free play, and encourage children to ask, explore, and create! These activities help students build physical, social, and oral language skills.



  • One workshop: $290
  • Two workshops: $400
  • Three workshops: $515
  • Four workshops* (max): $630
    *Only Available within Edmonton

STEAM Centre

  • Four STEAM centres: $250
  • Eight STEAM centres: $325

Classroom Kit

  • $275, including shipping all across Canada