The following camps are offered at Science Quest during the Summer:
(SK – Grade 1)
In Kinder Creators, we use engaging experiments to spark exploration and interest in important scientific topics. Topics are age-appropriate and based off of the Grade 1 Ontario Science Curriculum, so campers can learn while having fun! We focus on connecting science to the real world by learning about living things, energy, seasons, planets, the environment, materials, and structures. We strive to teach the WHY behind the WHAT. With hands-on activities, these young, creative minds will thrive. Our instructors develop an A, B, and C week of Kinder Creations so your camper can enjoy three weeks of camp without repeating any activities!
In Junior Thinkers, we expand our thinking to connect science to real world implications. Topics are age-appropriate and based on the Grades 2 and 3 Ontario Science Curriculum, so campers can learn while having fun! Through various activities, we investigate the characteristics of animals and plants, life cycles, types of movement and simple machines, properties of solids and liquids, the water cycle, photosynthesis, strong and stable structures, balance (centre of mass vs. centre of gravity), and types of forces. We discuss how humans use and affect these different systems. Our instructors develop an A, B, and C week of Junior Thinkers so your camper can enjoy three weeks of camp without repeating any activities!
Science & Engineering Camp
In Science & Engineering Camp, we use the engineering design cycle and hypothesis testing to deeply understand scientific topics. Topics are age-appropriate and based off of the Grades 4 – 8 Ontario Science Curriculum so campers can learn while having fun! We cover the main branches of science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. Your camper could learn about anything from habitats, biodiversity, human organ systems, cells — to — light and sound, atoms, changes in matter, flight, and electricity. Our instructors develop an A and B week of Science & Engineering Camp so your camper can enjoy two weeks of camp without repeating any activities!
Explorteurs Français (WILL NOT RUN IN SUMMER 2022)
Afin d’inclure la grande communauté francophone de Kingston, nous lançons notre nouveau camp Explorateurs Français. Ce camp aura deux semaines, A et B, afin que votre campeur puisse participer dans deux semaines de camps fantastiques sans répéter d’activités ! Les sujets sont basés sur le curriculum en sciences de l’Ontario pour les élèves de la deuxième à la quatrième année et encouragent l’amusement et l’apprentissage. Nous explorons les quatre sections principales de la science : la biologie, la chimie, la physique, et le génie. De la biodiversité et les cellules, au vol et a l’électricité, votre petit explorateur peux découvrir le monde. Le camp Explorateurs Français est instruit par une équipe d’instructeurs francophone pour l’immersion maximale et est approprié pour les élèves francophones ou en immersion française.
To include Kingston’s large French-speaking community, we are launching our new French Explorers camp – Les Explorateurs Français! This camp will consist of an A and B week so your camper can enjoy two weeks of camp without repeating any activities! The topics covered are based off the Grades 2 – 4 Ontario Science Curriculum and encourage fun and hands-on learning. We cover the four main branches of science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. Your little explorer could learn about anything from habitats, biodiversity, human organ systems, and cells — to — light and sound, atoms, changes in matter, flight, and electricity. The camp ‘Explorateurs Français’ is led by a team of instructors who are fluent in French for maximum immersion, and is intended for francophone and French immersion students.
Girls Quest Camp
Girls Quest Camp is everything that is awesome about our Science & Engineering Camp, but only for female-identifying campers! Campers will participate in a fun, high-impact science adventure designed to promote women in science and engineering. Girls Quest is instructed by a team of individuals who identify as female and are undergraduate students from Queen’s University. Our instructors develop an A and B week of Girl’s Quest so your camper can enjoy two weeks of camp without repeating activities!
Tech & Computing Camp
Currently, both beginner and intermediate camps are pooled together for each week upon registration. We will be sending out a survey regarding student skill level closer to the start of camp, and plan to design course material based on camper needs for each week. We plan to make all activities scalable so that campers who need extra help, or want to learn more are able to do so. For more information, please email [email protected]
This year tech camp will offer camps based on skill level, rather than age. Any camper going into grades 4 – 9 can participate in Beginner Tech Camp or Intermediate Tech Camp. Please read the descriptions below to make sure that your camper is placed in the camp that will best suit them!
Beginner Tech Camp: for campers with an interest in things like computers, video games, music production, or graphic design! No prior coding or software experience is required! Lessons will be taught from the most basic level to ensure that everyone can build their technological knowledge on a sturdy foundation!
Intermediate Tech Camp: for campers with some coding experience using coding languages like Scratch, Python, HTML, Java, C, C++, or RobotC. Campers in this camp should know how to use a “for loop” or an “if/else-statement” and how to “run” a chunk of code.
All campers are welcome to try either skill level of tech camp, but it is important to choose the one that best matches your camper’s abilities. This way your camper can move at a comfortable pace and have fun learning with peers at the same stages of learning as they are!
Novice: Grades 4-5
Senior: Grades 6-9
Robotics Camp allows kids to learn everything they would ever want to know about the world of robots! Campers will learn all about the coding, building, and energy required for a robot to work. Working with Science Quest’s variety of robots such as Jade robots, Lego Mindstorms, Spheros, Ozobots, MicroBits, and our brand new EV3s, campers have the chance to explore how robots work. Our instructors develop an A and B week of Robotics Camp so your camper can enjoy more than one week without repeating any activities!
Girls Quest Robotics & Tech Camp
Girls Quest Tech & Robo Camp is everything that is awesome about our Robotics and Tech & Computing Camps, but only for female-identifying campers! Campers will participate in a fun, high-impact science adventure designed to promote women in tech, computing, and robotics. Girls Quest is instructed by a team of individuals who identify as female and are undergraduate students from Queen’s University. Our instructors develop one week of Girl’s Quest Tech for your camper to enjoy!