Minds in Motion

Summer Camps and more

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. Visit Actua at actua.ca to learn more.

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 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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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, 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! 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, 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! 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 School/Organization Workshops


Digging for Dinos (Kindergarten Curriculum Focus)

Recommend Kindergarten - Grade 1     

We invite you and your paleontologists in-training to travel back in time to learn more about the pre-historic creatures that roamed the Earth. Students will become captivated as they participate in this hands-on workshop that will expand their knowledge of dinosaurs and inspire them to use their imaginations. ROAR!         

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Building Blocks (Grade 3 Curriculum Focus)

Recommend Grades 1 - 4  

No hard hats or steel-toe boots required at this construction site! Your class will become civil engineers, as they learn about different shapes and their respective strengths.  Students will also design their own towers using their knowledge of strengthening components such as trusses and bases. The fate of their towers will be tested on our Minds in Motion earthquake simulator! 

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Electrifying Electricity (Grade 5 Curriculum Focus)

Recommend Grades 3 - 5     

What is electricity and how is it used? Students gain insight into the electrifying world of electricity. This problem-solving workshop will focus on simple circuits, its components and applications. Your classes’ knowledge will be enhanced through an interactive design challenge. This high voltage workshop will leave the students amped-up for more!         

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MiM Tech

Grades 4 - 9

What more could you ask for than, electricity, computers, and robots? Students will learn about circuits and the application of robotics in society. In this three-hour workshop students will work in teams to design a robot using Lego Mindstorms.  Once complete, the students will then program the robots to perform various tasks. 

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Encryption and Ozobots

Grades 4 - 7

In this Codemakers workshop students will learn how to code using colours! Students will learn how to speak the language of computers through tiny robots and are sure to become producers, not just users of technology! This workshop is also themed around unraveling the mystery of encryptions. They will learn not only how computers protect vital information they'll create vital information that only people with the correct key can unlock! No computers required! 

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Programming with SpherO

Grades 4 - 9

Allow us to inspire your students' interests in robotics and programming with our friend SphereO! Programming has never been so fun and interactive with SphereO's drop and drag interface. Students will help their new robot friend maneuver through a self-created maze using their new found coding skills!

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LittleBits and the Invention Cycle

Grades 3 - 8

Spark the creativity in your inventors as they are able to explore endless possibilities with Littlebits! Students will gain knowledge on the engineering design process as they learn how to create fully functional circuits. Students will start the lesson with a 15-minute design challenge using littleBits. The class will then reflect on their process and learn how their experience connects to the littleBits Invention Cycle.

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Embarking on Google Expedition

Grades 5 - 9

It is not every day that you can give your students the opportunity to explore Mt. Everest or the Great Wall of China. Google Expedition allows our instructors to take your class on the adventure of a life time using virtual reality. Join us as we take your class around the world to experience learning in a way never seen before!

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Minds in Motion Teacher 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. 

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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.. 

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Wearable Tech

In this professional development workshop, teachers and pre-service teachers will learn to construct sleek wearable tech from simple materials! Spark the idea of tech creation in your classroom with our exciting and innovative wearable tech workshop in partnership with the Schulich Robotics Club. 

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