Workshops

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Our 2017 workshop season is now full. Sign up for our workshops mailing list in order to be notified when registration for our 2018 season opens.
If you have any further inquiries about our workshops, contact us at workshops@geeringup.ca.


Our instructors bring 1 to 1.5 hour workshops straight to the classroom with interactive demonstrations, activities, and take-home projects for students to create. Teachers can sit back, relax, and watch their students become engaged in the fun of science and engineering. Our highly-trained instructors will adapt each workshop to suit the individual strengths and challenges of each class. Please contact us to discuss how we can customize our workshops for your group.

We are based out of the UBC Point Grey campus, and our Vancouver Area workshops include Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, North Van, West Van and Surrey.

Timing

Pricing

Workshops are available:

Before Recess (9:00-10:00)
After Recess (10:30-11:30)
After Lunch (1:00 – 2:00)

This can be altered to fit your school’s bell schedule. Workshops include two instructors and all demonstration and project materials.

Cost:

1 Workshop – $130
3 Workshops* @ $115 each = $345 (Same day – 1 before recess, 1 after recess, and 1 afternoon)
6 Workshops* @ $100 each = $600

*Bulk Rates: We offer discounted rates when multiple workshops are booked on the same day by the same school. These reduced rates are based on the considerable savings in transportation costs. Please note that workshops must follow the schedules below to qualify for the discounted rates.

Travel Fees: apply to all schools outside of Vancouver. This helps offset the cost of vehicle rental and extra staff hours.

+$15 travel fee per day for schools in Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver

+$30 travel fee per day for schools in Delta, Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley, Port Moody

Where do you run workshops?

What do you offer?

How Much?

Do you offer French programming?

We cater our STEM workshops to the BC PLOs for grades K-12. You can see a complete list of descriptions below! Costs depend on your region – please select your location for more information! We also offer discounts if you book multiple workshops. Yes, for Vancouver Area workshops! We are pleased to have fluent French instructors, who have taught our workshops in both Francophone and French Immersion classrooms.

 

Workshop Topics

Elementary Workshops

How do living things change to survive in the cold winter versus the warm summer? What do living things need to survive? Join Geering Up and we will explore how living and non-living things interact in their ecosystems and discover what it would take to engineer our own ecosystem.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Seasonal Changes Affect all Living Things, Observable Features of Plants and Animals.

French Available!


It’s time to find out what makes up you, the ground you’re standing on, and everything else around us on earth. Dive into the world of matter as we learn about its properties with fun projects and demonstrations! This workshop includes experiments that will help us understand the cycles that happen not only in the sky above us but also on land. There is even a project to bring the excitement home with students.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Properties of Matter, Cycles and Patterns in the Sky and Landscape

French Available!


The world around us is filled with change, even the land we are on right now has changed over time, some of this change is reversible and other changes are permanent. It's time to put on our lab coats and become scientist to discover what causes these changes to occur and why some cannot be undone.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Physical and Chemical processes, Changing the Shape of Land.

French Available!


How do scientist sort living organisms into categories? What characteristics do living things have in common? How do living things interact with their environment? In this workshop we will explore how living and non-living things interact in their ecosystems and discover the biodiversity present on earth.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Classification of Organisms, Interdependence of Living Things on their Environment.

French Available!


Join Geering Up! for a fun energetic workshop that will explore all the different phases of matter and the different forms of ENERGY. We will learn about the different properties of matter around us and discover how they can be changed by adding or removing energy.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Matter, Energy.

French Available!


Let’s learn how some of the organ systems in your body work together to keep you alive! It’s time to get hands on with digestion and respiration! Join Geering Up as we explore the different parts of the digestive system, and learn about the organ system that keeps you breathing.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Organ systems, Digestive and Respiratory Systems

French Available!


Through hands on and interactive activities, demonstrations and a quick lesson, students will discover how Newton’s three laws work together to influence the motion of objects. Students will also learn about gravity and other forces that can be combined to create motion and those that keep objects in place.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Gravity.

French Available!


Get ready to dive into a microscopic world filled with atoms of all different types and learn how electricity fuels our lives.  Watt do you know about electricity? It’s time to learn about how electric circuits work, and build some of your own. We will spark your interest as we generate positive ideas about circuits and clean energy.

BC Science Curriculum Links: Electricity, Magnetism, Atoms, Circuits

French Available!


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High School Workshops

Come learn about light! We will break down some weird phenomena, and explore refraction and reflection with mirrors, lenses and lasers!

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 8: Light Can Behave as a Wave or a Particle;
Grade 11: Optics


Forces are everywhere in our day to day lives, but they are also a major consideration for engineering projects. Step into the shoes of an engineer and design your own project to deal with the forces around us!

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 10: Motion
Grade 11: Newton’s Laws, Forces, Energy
Grade 12: Dynamics, Work, Energy


Students will use their existing knowledge of circuits and electricity, as well as learn a new skill: breadboarding! Join Geering Up in exploring how electronics works and what amazing things it can do.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 9: Circuits: Voltage, Current and Resistance
Physics 12: Electric circuits


Learn how biology concepts play into the medical field! Students get the chance to be an epidemiologist and biomedical engineer for a day!

BC Science Curriculum Links:
Grade 8: Life processes are performed at the cellular level.
Biology 11: Cell Biology
Biology 12: Human Biology


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Computer Science Workshops

Small, smart and capable! These are all characteristics that make Ozobots a fantastic learning experience for students interested in robotics! In this workshop, students will be introduced to how robots process incoming information into actions. Through investigation and discovery, students will be asked to figure out what actions the Ozobots are capable of doing, and then test their hypotheses by having their bots complete original mazes!



How do computers keep our information safe? Join Geering Up in exploring the fundamentals of internet security by investigating how computers convert information into and out of code. In this workshop, students will create their own codes to send information in secret and attempt to crack secrets about the instructors to learn how powerful encryption is!

 


Students will apply their knowledge of the real world to programming, specifically object-oriented design. Start with a blank page and finish with a simple animation of a zoo containing the animals programmed by students themselves!

BC Science Curriculum links:
Applied Design, Skills and Technologies 8 & 9: Computational thinking
Science 9: Computational thinking

High School!


Become a game designer! A look into the code of a classic videogame will familiarize students with core programming principles. Students will make the game their own by changing variables and adding methods. Changes may include powerups, more enemies, and even another player!

BC Science Curriculum links:
Applied Design, Skills and Technologies 8 & 9: Computational thinking
Science 9: Computational thinking

High School!