Online Elementary Summer Camps

 

Geering Up’s Online Elementary Summer Camps are action packed programs all about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Each session features hands-on activities for students going into Grades 1 to 7 (for the 2021/22 school year) and feature a variety of themes including STEAM, Maker, Codemakers, and STEM Explorations! This year, we’ll be offering nine camp weeks (see schedule below). Camps are two-hours long a day and run for four or five days.

 

  • Weekly Programming from JULY 5 to SEPT 2, 2021
    SEE SCHEDULE BELOW
  • Morning Sessions: 10AM – 12PM PST
    Afternoon Sessions: 1:30 – 3:30PM PST
  • ONLINE
    LINK WILL BE PROVIDED

What are Online Elementary Summer Camps?

Our Elementary Camps offer a combination of new content and twists on crowd favourite activities such that camps differ from the content found in Spring Break Camps and Summer Camps 2020. Please note, however, that the content in a given Camp Theme will be the same between weeks. For example, if you register for STEAM 6/7 in Week 2 it will have the same content as STEAM 6/7 in Week 7. As such, please be aware that your child will repeat content if they are in the same camp multiple times this summer.

Grade Levels: Grades 1-7 (varies by Camp Theme)

Materials Boxes: For the STEM Explorations, STEAM, and Maker camps, materials boxes will be shipped out a week before your course begins. These boxes will contain all of the required materials* that participants need for camp activities.
*Please note that boxes do not include technology components like laptops/webcams, etc.

Program Pricing: $120-180 (varies by Camp Theme and program duration)
We believe that every person should be able to participate in our programs, and so we are working hard to bring you summer camps through these challenging times. As such, please see the information regarding our camp bursaries.

 

ELEMENTARY SUMMER CAMP THEMES:

STEM, STEAM, and Maker Camps

STEM Exploration Camps

This one is for our Junior Scientists! STEM Explorations is all about exploring the fun, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary nature of STEM. Your Junior Scientist will become immersed into the scientific method and engineering design. Whether it’s planning solutions to engineering problems, or experimenting with mind-boggling science phenomena, our STEM explorations camp aims to engage our participants through hands-on, relevant, and diverse activities.

Join this camp if… you have a passion for learning and exploring and want to investigate the interconnectedness of the fields of STEM.

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1, 2-3, 4-5
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $120 for 4-day programs / $150 for 5-day programs

STEAM Camps

Lab Coooooooats ON! Or maybe just a sweater – whatever gets you EXCITED for STEAM! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics – and we’re full STEAM ahead! Rooted in the union of artistic expression and STEM design processes, we aim to foster a co-enriched environment where participants can explore their STEM passions alongside artistic pursuits. Join us for a week filled with design inquiry and fun hands on projects!

Join this camp if… you want to unleash your creative side through original engineering projects and are ready to combine the worlds of art and science!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $120 for 4-day programs / $150 for 5-day programs

Maker Camps

Grab your hard hats, Maker is for our Junior Imagineers! Maker camps are dedicated to the makers, builders, and explorers in your family who might want to change the world – one block at a time! Our Maker camp encourages all those who love to tinker, question, and create to come together in a week filled with hands-on activities designed to inspire participants to build and think critically.

Join this camp if… you love to build, play, make, explore – or even destroy – to let your creativity run wild to learn more about the world!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1, 2-3, 4-5
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $120 for 4-day programs / $150 for 5-day programs

Coding Camps

As part of our Codemakers initiative, Geering Up provides camps focused on Computer Science to spark an interest in coding and technology in children from Grades 3 to 7. Potential activites include visual block coding, binary puzzles, creating basic games, computer graphics and animation, and building robots! For this camp you will require a laptop or desktop computer that uses the Windows, Mac OS, or Linux operating systems. iPads, iPhones, and Chromebooks will not work for this camp.
 
Early Girls Registration: In previous years, registration data has shown that male campers register earlier in the year. As part of our goal to promote Codemakers programs to campers of all genders, Geering Up will be holding 50% of the seats for girls in our Codemakers camps until March 31, 2021. After this date we will fill the remaining spots with students from the waitlist. If you are registering for a Codemakers camp, please select the ‘seat’ based on the gender of your camper. If you are registering a boy please choose a ‘general’ seat.

Codemakers: Computers and Me

This one is for our Tiny Tech-ers! Join us as we explore the world of Computer Science – from exciting computer activities, to working on our very first block code, this camp will allow participants to run wild in the exciting world of Computer Science! This program will involve lots of introductory computer-based activities to teach the basic principles of computer programming and coding. No previous computer experience is necessary.

Join this camp if… you want to become more acquainted with how computers work and the applications of computer science.

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 3-4
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $128 for 4-day programs / $160 for 5-day programs

Codemakers: Creative Coders

This one is for our Tiny Coders! Get excited about the functioning of apps, or using virtual programs that help make our world better! This is our software-focused camp, where we explore the world of coding and computing technologies. If you’re excited about discovering how to code, then you’ll want to join fellow coders for a week of drag and drop coding projects! All skill levels welcome.

Join this camp if… you want to learn or enhance your coding skills and be able to create all sorts of fascinating scripts and projects.

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 3-4, 5-7
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $128 for 4-day programs / $160 for 5-day programs

Codemakers: Intro to Python

Let’s talk Python – and no, we’re not talking about the snake! In this camp we will be exploring Python, a popular programming language used in web applications, scientific computing, and education. We’ll explore the fundamentals of becoming a software developer, or a junior engineer – creating cool codes and fun projects, ultimately creating a cool project that participants are sure to be proud of. This course will give you the baseline skills you need to start coding in Python. All versions of this program are for students with little or no experience with coding who want to get a start with Python.

Join this camp if… you want to explore the world of Python and build your coding repertoire.

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 5-6, 7
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $144 for 4-day programs / $180 for 5-day programs

Quantum Computing Camps

Quantum Computing Camps

Quantum Computing is an exciting new technology that uses science, engineering, and programming to make a difference in real world problems. In this camp, you’ll learn how to write code on a quantum computer, play educational quantum computing games, participate in interactive activities, and more! Throughout the week, you’ll engage in daily interactive sessions with guidance and support provided. By the end of the week, you’ll have a much better understanding of quantum computing and how it can impact the world.

Join this camp if… you want to get better at coding, play around with a quantum computer, and learn the basics of a new technology!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 5-6, 7
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $144 for 4-day programs / $180 for 5-day programs

French Camps

New to Geering Up this year are French Summer Camps! We will be offering camps taught completely in French. The camps will run the same content as their English counterparts with the only major change being the language spoken. Please note that Geering Up expects that all participants in our French camps are able to read, write, and speak French at a level akin to a French Immersion student.

STEAM Camps

Can you guess what Junior Scientists, Techno-Wizzes, and Engineers have in common? They all LOVE to get creative – and we invite you to jump in! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics – and we’re full STEAM ahead! Join our team as we learn about what helps our world thrive, from scientific discoveries to engineering feats – all while getting creative and exploring our creative side! Rooted in the union of creative expression and STEM design processes, we aim to foster a co-enriched environment where participants can explore their STEM passions alongside creative pursuits. Join us for a week filled with design inquiry and fun hands on projects!

Join this camp if… you want to unleash your creative side through original engineering projects and are ready to combine the worlds of art and science!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $150 for 5-day programs

Please note that these STEAM camps will have the same content as the English version, however, it will be taught in French. Campers are expected to be able to speak and understand French as our main focus will still be on STEM and we will not be teaching the language. However, to ensure campers’ comprehension, we will have a vocabulary section at the beginning of every day/activity.

ONLINE ELEMENTARY SUMMER CAMPS SCHEDULE

July 2021

TIME (PST) JULY 5 – 9 JULY 12 – 16 JULY 19 – 23
(ALL GIRLS* WEEK)
JULY 26 – 30
Morning Sessions
10AM – 12PM
Maker
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Intro to Python
Grades 5-6
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Computers and Me
Grades 3-4
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Quantum Computing*
Grades 5-6
STEAM*
Grade 1
 
STEAM*
Grades 6-7
 
Computers and Me*
Grades 3-4
STEM Explorations
Grades 2-3
 
Maker
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Intro to Python
Grades 5-6
Afternoon Sessions
1:30 – 3:30PM
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM*
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Quantum Computing
Grades 5-6
STEM Explorations
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Intro to Python
Grade 7
STEAM*
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM*
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders*
Grades 5-7
 
Quantum Computing*
Grade 7
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Intro to Python*
Grade 7
 
Quantum Computing
Grades 5-6

*These programs are designated as All Girls* Camps.

 

August 2021

TIME (PST) AUG 3 – 6** AUG 9 – 13 AUG 16 – 20 AUG 23 – 27 AUG 30 – SEP 2**
Morning Sessions
10AM – 12PM
STEM Explorations
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
Computers and Me
Grades 3-4
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
STEAM
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM (French)
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Intro to Python
Grade 7
 
Quantum Computing
Grades 5-6
STEM Explorations
Grades 4-5
 
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders*
Grades 3-4
STEM Explorations
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Quantum Computing
Grades 5-6
Maker
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Intro to Python
Grade 7
Afternoon Sessions
1:30 – 3:30PM
Maker
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM
Grades 4-5
 
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Intro to Python
Grade 5-6
 
Quantum Computing
Grade 7
STEM Explorations
Grade 2-3
 
Maker
Grades 4-5
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Computers and Me
Grades 3-4
Maker
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
Creative Coders
Grades 5-7
 
Intro to Python
Grade 7
 
Quantum Computing*
Grade 7
STEAM
Grades 2-3
 
STEAM (French)
Grades 4-5
 
Computers and Me*
Grades 3-4
 
Intro to Python
Grades 5-6
STEM Explorations
Grade 1
 
STEAM
Grades 6-7
 
Creative Coders
Grades 3-4
 
Quantum Computing
Grade 7

*These programs are designated as All Girls* Camps.
**Programs during these weeks will be four days long (rather than five) due to holidays on Monday, August 2nd and Friday, September 3rd.

 
 

CAMP POLICIES

Please read the information below regarding our policies in place for camps this year.

We want to be as flexible as possible while also keeping programming costs down. When a customer cancels, we lose $10 in non-refundable credit card and registration fees. We never charge a fee for transferring off the waitlist. We hope this makes it as easy as possible to change your plans.
 
More than 1 week before your camp starts: $10 cancellation fee; $0 program transfer fee
After 8:00 AM on the Monday one week before your camp: $40 cancellation fee; $20-$40 program transfer fee (depending on program selection)
After 4:00 PM on the Friday preceding your camp: No refund can be given; No transfers can be made
 
*If Geering Up needs to cancel Camp sessions at any point, all registered participants in that group will be given a full refund or the option to tranfer to a similar program.
** Note that all times refer to Pacific Standard Time

Each of our online programs is led live by a pair of University Instructors and 1-2 high school Junior Instructors. We require Criminal Record Checks for each of our staff and all of our policies are reviewed by our board of advisers and comply with the standards of Actua, our national camps network.
 
As an additional measure of safety, our online camps are recorded for participant safety and to aid in an incident review process. Please note that these recordings are not available for distribution to participants, even in the case of a missed session.
 
However, our programs should never be considered as a replacement for guardian supervision, and it is still the responsibility of the guardian to provide adult supervision for participants similar to what participants would require while completing an independent homework project. In our programs we strive to create a classroom-like environment where participants are free to learn and grow through the challenges that the program will present. This means that we ask guardians to encourage their student to complete the activities independently of adult support where possible.

At Geering Up we strive to make our programs accessible to all youth. Our registration forms provide space for you to provide additional details about your student’s unique circumstances in order for our team to provide them with a great week at camp. Once your registration is submitted, our team will review your student’s details and may reach out to discuss how to best support your camper in our programs.
 
With our programs being online the strategies may involve adult support from home where our staff can only support virtually. If you have any concerns regarding the engagement of your child in our camps, please contact us at geering.up@ubc.ca.

For details on our COVID-19 response, please refer to our updates here.

  1. How will I know where to go on the first day?

    A link will be sent out to all registrants on the Thursday before the first day. In addition, the information email will contain instructions about how to minimize technical issues on the first day.

  2. Should parents be present for the sessions?

    In our programs we strive to create a classroom-like environment where participants are free to learn and grow through the challenges that the program will present. This means that we ask guardians to encourage their student to complete the activities independently of adult support where possible.

  3. Do I need any special equipment to participate?

    A web-enabled device is what you'll need to attend the session. A webcam is a nice addition, but not needed. For coding and computer-based programs, it is highly recommended that you have a laptop or desktop and do not use an iPad, Chromebook, or tablet.
    Additionally, participants registered in non-coding camps will have a box of most of the necessary supplies mailed to them the week before their camp begins. This box will not include technology components like webcams, web-enabled devices, etc.

  4. What do I need to do to set up for the first day?

    On the first day we'll ask guardians to join us for the first ten minutes as we make sure every participant is well set up.

  5. What does the online platform look like?

    We will be using UBC Zoom for our online programs. As mentioned, a webcam and mic are nice but are not necessary. Students are able to use a chat function or their webcam/mic to engage with the instructors and the other students in the class. The platform has an option to screen-share allowing our instructors to both share resources and help students with their projects.

 

Have more questions?
You can reach us at geering.up@ubc.ca.