Minds in Motion

Year-round STEM programs

BUILD, INVENT, EXPERIMENT!

Come put your mind in motion! Have fun this year in Minds in Motion programs that are designed to foster an excitement about the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Minds in Motion offers clubs, camps, workshops, outreach and professional development programs year-round. 

These programs are being offered at the University of Calgary by Active Living and The Schulich School of Engineering. To find out more about our programs and book our outreach programs please email workshops@mindsucalgary.ca

Please note that the activities listed are subject to change and are presented as examples only. 


Minds in Motion is a Network Member of Actua. Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of STEM education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at actua.ca.

Minds in Motion camp with University of Calgary
Minds in Motion camp with University of Calgary
Minds in Motion at the University of Calgary
Minds in Motion camp with University of Calgary
Minds in Motion camp with University of Calgary
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Minds In Motion Clubs


Girls Applied Science and Engineering Club

Grades 2 - 4

Calling all psyched about science girls! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 9am - 12pm? This is the place for you! Learn about science, engineering, and technology in a super fun, all-girl, environment. Instructors will lead you through several exciting sessions of hands-on projects that will leave you craving more science! This club is a great way for your child to interact with other girls while meeting multiple curricular requirements in STEM for Grades 2 - 4. Get on your lab coats and get ready for some fun!

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Kids Applied Science and Engineering Club

Grades 3 - 5

Calling all psyched about science kids! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm? This is the place for you! Learn about science, engineering, and technology in a super fun, environment. Instructors will lead you through several exciting sessions of hands-on projects that will leave you craving more science! This club is a great way for your child to interact with other kids while meeting multiple curricular requirements in STEM for Grades 3 - 5. Get on your lab coats and get ready for some fun!

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Coding Minds Club

Grades 3 - 5

Is your child looking to optimize their performance in coding? Students will have the opportunity to become innovative coders and explore the foundations of digital literacy, coding and programming. They will learn to develop their understanding of logic, computational thinking, artificial intelligence and universal coding languages. Students will dive into programs like Scratch Jr. developed by MIT Media Lab to code their own game, TinkerCAD to develop their understanding of 3D printing principles and Minecraft to enhance their problem solving skills by creating their own automated landscape. Join us to help kick-start your programming career!

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Coding Minds - Minecraft Club

Grades 4 - 6

Is your child looking to optimize their performance in coding? If you are new to Minecraft®, this club will be perfect to get you into this wonderful open world. Kids will have the opportunity to become innovative coders and explore the foundations of digital literacy, coding and programming. They will learn to develop their understanding of logic, computational thinking and universal coding languages in Minecraft®. We will focus on everything from modding the game to learning about redstone circuits and beyond. Join us to dive deeper into the world of Minecraft®!

Minecraft® is a registered trademark and does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program.

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Gaming Minds Cup

Grades 4 - 6

Are you looking to break onto the local gaming scene and see how your skills stack up against other competitors? Minds in Motion would like to present the Gaming Minds Cup eSports Tournament! This tournament will give players the ability to showcase their talents over the course of four weeks. Featuring some of gaming's best titles in Mario Kart 8™ and Super Smash Bro Ultimate™ on Nintendo Switch ™ and Minecraft™ and Fortnite™ in our Computer Laboratory! The tournament's top gamer of each game will be awarded a prize at the end of the journey! The Gaming Minds Cup will take place in a safe and secure environment monitored by University of Calgary staff. Join us and improve your gaming skills, meet new friends and experience the glory of defeating your competitors!

Nintendo Switch™, Epic Games® and Microsoft® are registered trademarks which do not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program.

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Minds in Motion School/Organization Workshops


Minds in Motion Workshops

Is your school or organization looking for curricular connecting STEM workshops for your students? Minds in Motion is offering free-of-cost STEM workshops both virtually and in-person for kindergarten to grade 12 classrooms.

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Discover Engineering Workshop

The Schulich School of Engineering has re-designed and adapted our outreach programs to mitigate the impact of social distancing on our connectivity. We are pleased to offer online class visits, this year covering four curriculum-related topics.

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Minds in Motion Summer Camps


Early Minds

Entering Grades 1 and 2

Start discovering science in everything around you! Dissect owl pellets, build simple machines, travel back in time to uncover the mystery of the dinosaurs and have fun learning about chemical reactions and electrical circuits. Campers will explore and investigate the exciting world of STEM through games, stories and experiments. Get on your lab coats and get ready for some fun!

*Please note: Early Minds A, B and C are all the same type of camp with similar projects and themes.

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Energy Engineering

Entering Grades 3 – 9 

How can you power a city’s homes and vehicles using only clean energy? This fun filled week will have you investigating how scientists and engineers are using technology to produce different forms of renewable energy such as, hydro, wind, thermal and solar power. Campers will use this knowledge to design and build their own innovative and energy efficient city through hands-on activities and group challenges. Come get excited about engineering as a future career as you get those circuits firing while designing, building and powering a metropolis!

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Engineering 101

Entering Grades 3 – 9

Come be an engineer! Spend a week learning about the design process, the exciting opportunities in engineering and experiencing what engineers do at the University of Calgary. From concept generation to prototype development, campers will learn to work in teams using creativity in exploring and solving problems that can make a difference in the world. Get your thinking cap out and become a scientific mind in engineering!

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Girls Applied Science and Engineering

Entering Grades 3 – 9

Calling all girls! Come put your scientific mind in motion! From the elements below us to the world above, all-girls camps delve deep into the exciting fields of science, engineering and technology. Get a chance to combine your creativity with technical skills in this jam packed week of investigating scientific concepts and applying the engineering design process through exciting hands-on activities and challenges. Come get excited about engineering as a future career as you get on your lab coats and get ready for some fun!

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Technology

Entering Grades 3 – 9

Just can't get enough tech? Spend a week learning about computer engineering and electronics through inventive solutions and exploration of computer software programs, circuit designs, robotics and application to real-life scenarios. Improve your problem solving skills in this super-fun environment full of hands-on activities and challenges! Get ready to plug-in for a quest into the world of tech and gadgets that will leave you charged-up for more!

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Natural Sciences

Entering Grades 3 – 9

Investigate the world around you through an exploration of the natural sciences. This fun-filled week will have you looking at the world in a whole new way through hands-on activities and group challenges to foster and enrich inquisitive minds. Learn about chemical reactions, perform a dissection, extract DNA, and unravel the mystery beyond the lens of a microscope. Get on your lab coats and get ready for some fun!

 

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Girls Technology

Entering Grades 3 – 9

Calling all girls who just can’t get enough tech! Spend a week learning about computer engineering and electronics through inventive solutions and exploration of computer software programs, circuit designs, robotics and application to real-life scenarios. Improve your problem solving skills in this super-fun environment full of hands-on activities and challenges! Bring your imagination and innovation for a quest into the world of tech and gadgets that will leave you charged-up for more!

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EngScape Room

Entering Grades 5 – 9

Join us in the University of Calgary’s first ever engineering themed escape room camp. Put your mind to the test while collaboratively learning how to solve, create and unlock your very own escape room! More information coming soon.

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