MasterMinds Leadership Program

 Who is MasterMinds for?

MasterMinds is for High School students who are passionate about Science, Technology, and Engineering. Anyone who enjoys programming, electronics design, or building things with their hands will feel right at home. Available for students entering grades 11 or 12 in September, or who are just graduating from grade 12!

MasterMinds is a great way to set yourself up for success at a Post-Secondary Institution. Through MasterMinds, you will also be provided with the unique opportunity to be part of the UBC Learning Community and connect with Faculty and Students – all of this before even beginning university.

The program is divided into two parts:

1. One week of MasterMinds training

2. One week of volunteering as a Junior Instructor at our camps.

What happens during the week of MasterMinds training?

During this time participants get to experience a university learning environment. All activities are held in UBC lecture halls and labs. Participants will take part in daily design challenges, tours, and experiments. Activities will come from all STEM disciplines including: programming, robotics design, chemistry experiments, and microelectronics.

Examples of activities:

  • Tours of Triumf (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics)
  • Programming an Arduino, to interface a Wii Nunchuck and a marble maze
  • Tour of the Thunderbots (UBC’s autonomous soccer playing robots)
  • A glider design challenge in UBC’s wind tunnel
  • Leadership training on the UBC rope course
  • Chemistry experiments is a chemistry lab
  • Dissections in a biology lab
What happens during the week of volunteering?

We believe you truly learn something when you have to teach it, and so during the week of volunteering MasterMinds are assigned to one of our camps as a Junior Instructor. Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating the camp room as directed by the Instructor
  • Assist with the supervision and safety of 25 campers
  • Designing and teach a STEM activity
 Who staffs this program?

Our team of Instructors is made up of university students from the faculties of Engineering and Science. Each Instructor is passionate about their field of study and has extensive experience working with youth.


Registration is open now!

How much does MasterMinds Cost?

$255 for a two week program. A list of everything included in the program is available here. We also offer scholarships!

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Program Highlights
  • tours of UBC facilities
  • daily design challenges in UBC labs
  • leadership training
  • 40+ hours of fun volunteer experience with kids

Have more questions? Feel free to contact us.