High School Workshops

Registration for Winter Workshops 2019 is OPEN!

Our 2019 Workshops begin in January. Contact us at workshops@geeringup.ca with any questions. Register for our mailing list to receive updates.


Our instructors bring 1 to 1.5 hour workshops straight to the classrooms 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:

General Workshops

1 Workshop – $160
3 Workshops* @ $140 each = $420
6 Workshops* @ $120 each = $720

Computer Science Workshops

1 Workshop – $180
3 Workshops* @ $150 each = $450
6 Workshops* @ $130 each = $780

*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 be booked in groups of three on the same day to receive this discount.

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

Workshop Topics

Are you ready for the Big One? A topic very relevant to us in the lower mainland, students will be shaken by the mechanisms behind earthquakes, what happens in their aftermath, and how engineers try to prepare for them.

BC Science Curriculum Links
Grade 8: Plate Tectonics, Major geologic events


Students will explore different properties of waves and how they relate to light. Through a combination of demos and and hands-on activities, they will learn about types of waves, the differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves, refraction, and interference.

BC Science Curriculum links
Grade 8: Light Can Behave as a Wave or a Particle, electromagnetic radiation, properties and behaviors of light


Students will play the role of a disease and race to infect the world! The game will explore the role of human actions, public health, and genetic mutations in speeding up or slowing down the rate of spreading infectious diseases.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 8: Life processes, our relationships with microorganisms, immune system, vaccination, epidemics and pandemics
Grade 9: Life processes, cellular life


Students will explore the concept of density and how it applies to our everyday lives. They will dive into activities that will cover concepts of relative density, relationship of mass and volumes, and apply these concepts in the making of a Galileo Thermometer.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Behavior of matter


Harness the power of electrons with circuitry! Students will learn the basic principles of electrical design and about the difference between series and parallel circuits. Activities will include drawing circuit schematics and building physical breadboard circuits.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 9: Completing circuits, voltage, current, and resistance


Forces and the energy behind them are a major consideration in mechanical engineering projects. Key concepts of mechanics will be conveyed through demos, and students will then have to apply these principles to design a self-propelling vehicle.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 10: law of conservation of energy, potential and kinetic energy, transformation of energy


What actually happens during a chemical reaction?! Students will learn about how atoms behave during reactions, will be presented with a variety of reaction types and will apply their knowledge to build micro rockets!

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 10: rearrangement of atoms in chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, energy change during chemical reactions


Students will play the role of a genetic counsellor, reviewing and applying what they have learned about inheritance, dominance, and pedigrees.

BC Science Curriculum links:
Grade 10: DNA structure and function, patterns of inheritance, Applied genetics and ethical considerations

 

Computer Science Workshops

Dip your toes into the exciting world of programming! Learn the basics of computer programming, syntax, and logic. Students will be guided to create their very own computer program, and delve into how more complex games are created.

BC Science Curriculum links:

algorithmic thinking, debugging, programming languages, planning and writing simple programs

 

Step into the life of a computational scientist and explore all of the possible outcomes of everyday phenomena! Learn how scientist use computers to solve real problems in STEM.

BC Science Curriculum links: 

principles of computational thinking, introductory computer programming concepts and constructs, impacts of computers and technology on society, programming language constructs to support input/output, logic, decision structure, and loops "


Students will learn how microcontrollers are used in robtic applications as the ""brain"" of the robot, collecting sensory inputs and turning them into actions. Students will create circuits to connect an Arduino to sensors and actuators, and write a program that controls the system.

BC Science Curriculum links:
hardware and software troubleshooting
ways to modify existing code to meet a particular purpose, programming language constructs to support input/output, logic, decision structure, and loops