Grade 1

Needs and Characteristics of Living Things – Creative Creatures: In this workshop, students will learn about the different things that living creatures need in order to stay alive. From legs and arms, to wings, ears and eyes, students will take everything they learn and make their own fun creature! 

Energy in Our Lives – Wild Wild Wind: In this workshop, students will learn about different types of energy including renewable and non-renewable energy. With a strong focus on renewable wind energy, students will create their own anemometer to see wind energy in action!

Daily and Seasonal Changes – Wild Wild Wind: In this workshop, students will look at the four different seasons and learn about characteristics during each season. Students will learn about weather conditions, both good and bad, and then build their own anemometer to test just how fast the wind is going!

 

Grade 2

Growth and Changes in Animals – Blooming Butterfly: In this workshop, students will learn about the life cycles of different animals. Examples include how a chicken develops in the egg and continues to grow big and strong! Students will then learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and have the chance to make their own visual display of the cycle.

Properties of Liquids and Solids – Copper Sailors: In this workshop, students will be introduced to the concept of buoyancy and density. Students will compare different objects ability to float in water and discuss why some things float and others sank. Following discussion, students will build their own boat and test how many pennies it can hold before it sinks to the bottom!

Air and Water in the Environment – High Flying Kites: In this workshop, students will discuss how air and water can be used for energy and to make things move! Students will determine where we can find air and water in the environment, and how we know they are creating energy. Examples include a discussion about wells, wind turbines, and rivers. Students will then make their own kite and use wind energy to make them fly!

 

Grade 3

Growth and Changes in Plants – Looney Lawnheads: In this workshop, students will be introduced to the concept of photosynthesis! Students will discuss the different things that plants need to grow, and how they change from a seed into a flower (or vegetable!). Following discussion, students will create their own chia pet-like structure to take home and take care of!

Strong and Stable Structures – Teetering Towers: In this workshop, students will learn about everyday structures, what it takes to make them stable and careers behind building structures! Following the lesson, students will put on their engineering hats and compete to build the strongest and tallest tower!

Soils in the Environment – Waste Not, Want Not!: In this workshop, students will learn about six different types of soil, where they can be found and what they can be used for. Students will also learn about different living and non-living things found in soils and what we can do to help keep soil healthy! Following the lesson, students will create their own mini composter to take home!

 

Grade 4

Habitats and Communities – Survivor Thunder Bay: This workshop focuses on the different roles within an ecosystem (producers, consumers and decomposers). The students will be tested on their knowledge of these roles through an interactive survival game. Each participant will be assigned a role in the ecosystem, with their own set of rules that they must follow in order to survive. The ecosystem will be impacted by humans, disease and natural disaster forcing students to rethink their strategies for survival! **Requires the use of a gym or field

Light and Sound – Harmonious Harmonicas: This workshop focuses on the construction of the student’s very own harmonica! They will learn how harmonicas work, what sound is and where it comes from. Students will then make their own harmonica with a full understanding of its functioning and the properties of sound.

Rocks and Minerals – Mine Your Own Business!: Students will be introduced to the interesting field of mining in Canada. They will learn the different minerals, metals and rocks that Canada specializes in mining, how the mining process works (including cost, materials, and time) as well as the environmental impact mining has on the world. Students will apply their newly found knowledge and mine in the classroom! They will be required to purchase materials to mine with, be conscious of the environmental impact they are making as well as try to extract the most minerals in a short amount of time.

 

Grade 5

Human Organ Systems – I Heart My Heart: Students will understand the three major parts  of the circulatory system (heart, tubules and blood) and how they work together to perform daily functions. The activity involves building a working single pump mechanism that demonstrates how the heart works. Students will also be able to hear each others heart beat with a stethoscope they will construct out of simple materials. By using the stethoscope students will have the chance to see the difference in resting and exercised heart rate!

Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms – Chair Challenge: This workshop shows the different types of natural forces acting on everyday structures. For example, tall buildings, houses and bridges along with the destructive impacts they withstand. By understanding how to design stable structures to better defend against tornadoes, floods, earthquakes etc., students will build a chair structure to test against common forces like the weight of an adult human!

Conservation of Energy and Resources – Pinwheel Windmill:  In this workshop, we deliver the fundamentals of renewable and non-renewable resources. Students will understand the basic forms of energy with respect to how energy is not created nor destroyed; only transferred. By knowing the needs of being ‘green’, students will build a windmill that will use wind power to lift a weight in order to demonstrate the change from wind energy to mechanical energy.  

 

Grade 6

Biodiversity – Survivor Thunder Bay: In this workshop, students will discuss the different levels of biodiversity on our planet, starting with individuals to ecosystems. It demonstrates how all plants and animals are connected and the importance of keeping a diverse world. The students will participate in a fun interactive survival game to demonstrate this idea. Each person will be assigned a role within an ecosystem where  humans, disease and natural disasters force students to rethink their strategies for survival! **Requires the use of a gym or field

Flight – Flight is not a Fight: In this workshop, students will learn about the forces acting on planes, birds and other flying objects. Discussion will include lessons on lift, drag, gravity and thrust as well as Bernoulli's Principle. Following the lesson, students will participate in an inquiry-based activity in which they will be required to build a flying structure that can fly a certain distance! A friendly competition will be included to see who's flying structure can go the farthest! 

Space – Time to tell Time: In this workshop, students will discuss different celestial objects found in our galaxy. Students will learn about characteristics of the earth, including how it's rotation changes the seasons. Following the lesson, students will create their own sundial in which they will apply their knowledge on earth's rotation around the sun and use it to tell time! Who needs a smartphone when you have a sundial!

 

Grade 7

Interactions in the Environment – Survivor Thunder Bay: A focus on the food chain and trophic levels in an ecosystem. Students will learn about each of the roles within a food chain (producer, consumer and decomposer) along with energy transfer within the food chain. Students will also learn about the impacts when human activities, natural disasters or disease destroys a part of the food chain. They will then use their knowledge and apply it to a fast paced activity on the game of life (in the food chain). Each participant will be assigned a role in the ecosystem, with their own set of rules that they must follow in order to survive. The ecosystem will be impacted by humans, disease and natural disaster forcing students to rethink their strategies for survival. **Requires the use of a gym or field

Form and Function – Rockin’ Roller Coasters: A brief review on the different forces that are applied to roller coasters and other structures in the real world. The lesson will review torsion, shear, compression and tension and how each of these forces must be considered when designing structures. With this information, students will use different materials to construct their own roller coaster tracks and test how they have to change the track based on what they want to accomplish (speed, distance, defying gravity, etc.).

Heat in the Environment – Greenhouse Egghouse: A focus on the idea of global warming including a discussion on the Greenhouse effect, how greenhouses work and radiation. Students will also learn how the changing climate has impacted different ecosystems and places around the world, as well as ways to slow down global warming. This lesson will be followed by an activity where students must apply their understanding of radiation and the greenhouse effect to create their own greenhouse!

 

Grade 8

Cells –  Genetic Bingo!: This workshop dives deep down into cells to discuss DNA including it’s purpose, where it’s found and why we study it. Students will then get the opportunity to extract DNA from a strawberry to understand it’s shape and complexity. Then, find out how similar you are to your classmates with an exciting game of genetic bingo!

Systems in Action – Mousetrap Motivation: In this workshop, students will apply their knowledge of simple machines and learn how multiple simple machines can be brought together to create a mechanism! Students will then utilize a mousetrap to create a mousetrap powered vehicle and discuss how they should adapt their vehicles in order to accomplish increased speed or increased distance! A friendly competition will be held to determine who's vehicle goes the fastest, and who's goes the farthest!

Fluids – Buoyancy Buccaneers:  In this workshop, students will learn about properties used to described fluids including density and viscosity. Students will also discuss buoyancy and how it relates to density, followed by engineering their own boats! A friendly competition will be held to determine how much weight their boats can hold before it sinks to the bottom!

NEW - Codemakers Workshop!

In this workshop (available for students of all ages), students will learn the basics of binary code and computer science technology. Students will learn how to read and write binary code, and then write their name (or something else!) in binary code that will be placed on necklaces, bracelets or a key chain!