Minds in Motion

STEM programs for kids, year-round

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 girls psyched about science! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 9am - 12pm? This is the place for you! Learn about science, engineering, technology and mathematics 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! Participants will get a chance to explore the University of Calgary and meet professionals working in the fields of science and engineering!!.

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Kids Applied Science and Engineering Club

Grades 3 – 5

Calling all kids psyched about science! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm? This is the place for you! Learn about science, engineering, technology and mathematics in a super fun environment. Instructors will lead you through several exciting sessions of hands-on projects that will leave you craving more science! Participants will get a chance to explore the University of Calgary and meet professionals working in the fields of science and engineering!!.

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Minds in Motion Online Clubs

Girls Applied Science and Engineering Online Club

Grades 2 – 4

Calling all psyched about science girls in grades 2 to 4! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 9am - 12pm from the comfort of your own home? This is the place for you! In a virtual setting, learn about science, engineering, technology and mathematics in a super fun, all girl virtual environment. Instructors will lead you through several sessions of exciting projects that will leave you craving more science with the addition of STEM homework assistance.

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Kids Applied Science and Engineering Online Club

Grades 4 – 6

Calling all psyched about science kids in grades 4 to 6! Need something fantastic to do on your Saturdays from 1pm - 4pm from the comfort of your own home? This is the place for you! In a virtual setting, learn about science, engineering, technology and mathematics in a super fun, virtual environment. Instructors will lead you through several sessions of exciting projects that will leave you craving more science with the addition of STEM homework assistance.

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Coding Minds – Minecraft Online Club

Grades 3 - 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. This online club will be done from the comfort of your own home and will have weekly live interaction with Instructors. Join us online this fall to dive deeper into the world of Minecraft!

Please note: Minecraft will need to be pre-downloaded onto your computer before this club starts. There is a fee of $26.95 at this link: https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/store/minecraft-java-edition. If you do not already own a copy of Minecraft, please ensure to install this software and test that it works before the first day of Clubs. Kids are required to have a computer device in order to participate. Activities are subject to change and are presented as examples only.

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Minds in Motion School/Organization Workshops


Minds in Motion Remote Workshops

Is your school or organization looking for remote virtual engagement for your students? Minds in Motion is now offering free-of-cost STEM workshops for your remote classroom. These workshops are recommended for elementary grades.

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Minds in Motion Remote Professional Development


STEM Unplugged

Let us show you how to make STEM fun and engaging without the use of technology! In our STEM Unplugged professional development session we give teachers and pre-service teachers insight as to how they can integrate unplugged activities into their classrooms. Give your students the building blocks to coding, robotics, and programming without the use of technology!

Please email workshops@mindsucalgary.ca to book a PD session

Design Thinking

Innovation meets design thinking to solve some of the classrooms greatest problems! This Design thinking professional development workshop will help teachers and pre-service teachers create a new mindset towards problem solving. We will offer interactive activities to help stimulate the idea of design thinking in your classroom using technology for any curriculum. 

Please email workshops@mindsucalgary.ca to book a PD session

Digital Literacy in the Classroom

Teach your students to become thoughtful consumers and producers of technology and why it is important to be digitally literate! Digital literacy spans far further than coding and programming concepts. This workshop will help teachers and pre-service teachers understand the importance of digital literacy and provide the tools to help students become thoughtful users of technology.. 

Please email workshops@mindsucalgary.ca to book a PD session

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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