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LAUNCH x Laurier

Summer of STEAM

Summer Programs

LAUNCH and Laurier

Presents Summer of STEAM

Offered by the week or by the season, LAUNCH Waterloo and the Laurier Faculty of Education bring you the Summer of STEAM! This series has just the right mix of programming to keep your kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, art, and math all summer long.

Programs will feature small teams online with live coaches. Teams will work together to explore STEAM activities, ask questions, work with their teammates, and gain valuable, online collaborative skills.

Custom LAUNCH Boxes will be delivered to your door so all materials are at your fingertips. These STEAM kits will bring hands-on fun to online learning.

General Info

Summer of STEAM runs from Monday, July 13 to Friday, August 21, 2020.

  • Two formats available: Six-week season or one-week programs

  • For children entering grades 1-9

  • Programs delivered online with live coaches

  • Each program includes weekly LAUNCH Boxes – your very own STEAM kits!

  • Limited spaces available

Cost

a young child using prism goggles

Six-week
season-long camp:

$600

One-week
online camps:

$110

*Bursaries are available for students requiring additional financial assistance. Please contact the LAUNCH Waterloo team for details – [email protected]

Schedule

*Schedule subject to change

Season-long Camps

July 13 - August 14

Join us for six-weeks of fun and interactive STEAM activities! Parents - one easy registration for a full summer of STEAM for your kids.

Grades 1-3

Hands-on STEAM

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00AM to Noon

Do you like experimenting and discovering how things work? We’ll make miniature hovercrafts and marshmallow catapults, create rainbow density columns with different liquids, explore coding, conduct science experiments using candy, and more!

Grades 4-6

CSI: Crime STEAM Investigation

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Ever wonder what it might be like to be a Forensic Detective or Investigator at a crime scene? Find out what it takes to become a CSI Expert! Campers will learn about the nature of forensics and crime scenes and how to gather evidence! There will be a series of activities such as evidence collection, fingerprint analysis, discovering splatter patterns, hair analysis and more—that will make you a CSI Expert. Our investigators will not only be able to create their own crime scenes, but solve the crime scenes of other students as the camp focus on experiential learning.

Week-long camps

Join us for a week full of STEAM. Programs will run each day Monday to Friday with small teams and live instructors online.

Grades 1-3

Biology and Me!

August 10-14, 9:00AM to Noon

Why is it called the “funny bone”? What makes you special? Why does our heart beat differently when we sleep? Did you actually get rid of the germs when you washed your hands? Explore the human body from head to toe and get to know yourself better! Extract DNA from peas, make edible (yes, edible!) models of DNA, and create a colourful model of the brain. Campers will create unique monsters with various genetic traits. Create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. Discover what makes you YOU ...in Biology and Me!

a cardboard spaceship

Grades 4-6

Not Just Another Narrative

July 13-17, 9:00AM to Noon

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not share your story with the world? Not Just Another Narrative is a program for all storytellers and is designed to prove that storytelling isn’t confined to pen and paper. Through the creation of graphic novels, oral storytelling, puppets and green screens, campers will be challenged to create stories in ways they never imagined. Additional activities such as designing puppets to act in a theater and creating a stop motion flipped fairy tale will help captivate imaginations and offer tools to help the storytelling continue all summer long.

Survival Camp

July 20-24, 9:00AM to Noon

It’s 2030 and it’s finally happened: We are living in a post-apocalyptic society. The modern luxuries you are used to, like clean running water, electricity, organized societies and technology are a thing of the past. Would you be able to survive? Join us at survival camp to learn how to build stills to purify your own water, how to find and prepare unlikely plants for food and medicine, how to make medical equipment from items in nature, and how to make a strong shelter that can withstand the cold, windy winters in Ontario. Survival and orienteering activities will present a variety of challenges that you will encounter in a post-apocalyptic world, helping to prepare you to be a survivor!

Super Secret Spy School

July 27-31, 1:00PM - 4:00PM

1 18 5 25 15 21 18 5 1 4 25? If you can read this, or if you want to learn how to read this and other ciphers, Super Secret Spy School is for you! We’ll create and decode different ciphers, get out of an escape room, find enemy secrets in breakout boxes, learn to survive on a field mission, and build your own spy tools and secret safes.

Let's Make Music

August 4-7, 9:00am to Noon

Do you have the music in you? When we think of music, we think of the songs we hear on the radio. But, there is so much more that goes into making a song! Campers in this session will learn how to code a music video, write and produce a song presented by artists in the music industry and more! Let’s drop a beat!

From Genes to Germs

August 10-14, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

What makes you unique? How does a diaper help explain what happens when we digest food? Why does your heart beat differently than a mouse’s heart? Explore the human body from genes to germs and get to know yourself better! Extract DNA from peas, conduct an experiment to pull iron filings out of cereal, and create a model of the lungs. Campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet and determine if you really “are what you eat”. Create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. All aboard for a scientific journey from Genes to Germs!

Grades 7-9

Survival Camp

July 20-24, 1:00PM to 4:00PM

It’s 2030 and it’s finally happened: We are living in a post-apocalyptic society. The modern luxuries you are used to, like clean running water, electricity, organized societies and technology are a thing of the past. Would you be able to survive? Join us at survival camp to learn how to build stills to purify your own water, how to find and prepare unlikely plants for food and medicine, how to make medical equipment from items in nature, and how to make a strong shelter that can withstand the cold, windy winters in Ontario. Survival and orienteering activities will present a variety of challenges that you will encounter in a post-apocalyptic world, helping to prepare you to be a survivor!

Super Secret Spy School

July 27-31, 9:00AM to Noon

1 18 5 25 15 21 18 5 1 4 25? If you can read this, or if you want to learn how to read this and other ciphers, Super Secret Spy School is for you! We’ll create and decode different ciphers, get out of an escape room, find enemy secrets in breakout boxes, learn to survive on a field mission, and build your own spy tools and secret safes.

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Coaches

Hello! My name is Carolyn and I'm a Junior/Intermediate teacher in the Wellington area with a specialization in Mathematics. I have a background in Computer Science and am passionate about sharing my experiences in engaging and interactive ways. I am excited to join our campers on a virtual exploration into the world of STEAM and introduce them to some creative coding outside of the classroom!

Hi! My name is Heather. I'm an elementary French Immersion teacher in Waterloo. I am passionate about experiential and discovery learning, and equity in education. In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving with sharks, travelling, exploring our local trails and spending time with my family. I'm looking forward to meeting you virtually for super secret spy camp and survival camp!

Hello! My name is Deanna and I teach Grade 8 Math & Science in the region. I love learning and experimenting, especially in Biology (the study of living things!). I look forward to putting on our virtual lab coats and exploring Science together!

Hi! My name is Erin and I am currently teach grades 4 and 5 with the Waterloo Region District School Board. I love reading, writing and STEM projects. The bigger, the better! I also enjoy running and gardening. I am so excited to meet new students this summer and to get the creative ideas flowing!

Hi! My name is Amanda. I'm going to school to become a pharmacist so I can help people take medicine safely. I love to explore the science around me everyday like how chemistry (the study of what everything is made of) can help you bake the best cupcakes. I'm looking forward to exploring the world of science with all of you!

My name is Kelly and my background is in criminal justice studies and I have been studying the field for about 6 years and I am currently completing my Masters in Education. Teaching in this field is one of my greatest passions! I am excited to explore and discover crime scene investigations virtually with you this summer through STEM education!

Hello, Bonjour! My name is Marisa and I teach French Immersion with the Waterloo Regional District School Board. I have a passion for the French language and the Arts and am very excited to be running the Let’s Make Music camp this summer! In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, playing hockey, baking and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting everyone and jamming together!

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