Vancouver In-Person Saturday Clubs

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Registration for the 2021/2022 Winter and Fall Vancouver In-Person Saturday Club sessions is now open! For information about our Online Saturday Clubs, see the page HERE.

Saturday Clubs are weekly meetings all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). In our Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 clubs, we invite students in Grades 1-12 in the 2021-2022 school year to join us in exciting themes including Maker, STEAM, and Creative Coders! These weekly ten-session programs are led by two passionate undergraduate staff and are sure to excite almost anyone with a passion for STEM.

Online Saturday Club
  • SATURDAYS
    SEE BELOW FOR FALL & WINTER SESSION DATES
  • 10AM – 12PM
    PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
  • UBC Vancouver (Point-Grey Campus)
    MAIN MALL, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z4

What are Saturday Clubs?

Each semester features a mixture of new inquiry-based curriculum and hands-on activities. Our Fall and Winter Saturday Clubs are designed to have new content that differs from previous Fall and Winter Clubs, Summer Camps, and Spring Break Clubs combined with new takes on some fan favourites.

Grade Levels: Grades 1-12 (varies by Club Theme)

Program Pricing: $230 for 10 club sessions
We believe that every person should be able to participate in our programs, and so we are working hard to bring you programming. As such, please see our bursary information at the bottom of the page if you require financial assistance to participate.

Registration Deadline: Registration for Fall 2021 In-Person Clubs closes September 11, 2021 and registration for Winter 2022 In-Person Clubs closes January 15, 2022

 

SESSION DATES

Fall Session Dates (10 sessions)

  • September 18, 25
  • October* 2, 16, 23, 30
  • November* 6, 20, 27
  • December 4

*Please note that October 9th and November 13th will NOT have a Clubs session

Winter Session Dates (10 sessions)

  • January 22, 29
  • February* 5, 12, 19
  • March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • April 2

*Please note that February 26th will NOT have a Clubs session

FALL CLUB THEMES

STEAM Club

Originality, creativity, and innovation form the pillars of our STEAM programs for grades 1-2. STEAM focuses on the union of art and all things STEM! In this club we aim to encourage campers’ passion for science alongside art and design! During this ten week program participants will explore different themes each week which will allow them to develop their own excitement for STEAM, some topics may include astronomy, crazy chemistry, and much more!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1-2
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Maker Club

Makers unite! Join us in our grades 3 and 4 Maker Club as we push the boundaries of DIY. This magnificent Maker club calls all who love to learn, explore, and inquire through creation and design! Our program takes on DIY projects that encourages our participants to immerse themselves in engineering topics! Our ten week program includes themes such as computer, environmental, and mechanical engineering in addition to many more disciplines!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 3-4
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Robotics Club

Tech lovers, this is a club for you! Join us as we explore the intersection of programming and hardware in an exciting club for grades 10, 11, and 12. In this new spin on a fan-favourite program, participants will learn how to write code for use with microcontrollers such as Arduino and Micro Bits and apply that technology to create marvelous machines!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 10-12
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Aerospace Engineering Club

Having mastered the land and seas, there is only one place left to go; up! Join us as we explore the incredible innovations made to travel not only in the sky above, but to the stars beyond. Our new Aerospace Engineering club is an amazing place for students in grades 8 and 9 to learn the science behind flight, discover amazing technologies, and think critically as they design their
own inventions for the future of air and space travel.

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 8-9
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Creative Coders Club

Calling all Creative Coders! We want you to come explore the amazing world of coding and computing technologies through this fantastic 10-week club! Each week, participants will learn about computer science topics through mediums such as block coding and HTML. We welcome all campers of any skill level from new coders to programming wizards. So what are you waiting for? Come join us to learn all about the wonderful world of ones and zeros!

In previous years, registration data has shown that male participants register earlier in the year. As part of our goal to promote Creative Coders programs to participants of all genders, Geering Up will be holding 50% of the seats for girls* in our Creative Coders clubs until August 30th, 2021. After this date we will fill the remaining spots with students from the waitlist. If you are registering for a Creative Coders Club, please select the “seat” based on the gender of your participant. If you are registering a boy please choose a ‘general’ seat.

*The Geering Up team has an inclusive view of the words ‘girl’ and ‘women’ and use * to specifically and intentionally include cis and trans women, as well as genderqueer or non-binary people and other gender minorities.

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 5-7
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

WINTER CLUB THEMES

Maker Club

Makers unite! Join us in our grades 1 and 2 Maker Club as we push the boundaries of DIY. This magnificent Maker club calls all who love to learn, explore, and inquire through creation and design! Our program takes on DIY projects that encourages our participants to immerse themselves in engineering topics! Our ten week program includes themes such as computer, environmental, and mechanical engineering in addition to many more disciplines!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 1-2
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

STEAM Club 3-4

Originality, creativity, and innovation form the pillars of our STEAM programs for grades 3-4. STEAM focuses on the union of art and all things STEM! In this club we aim to encourage campers’ passion for science alongside art and design! During this ten week program participants will explore different themes each week which will allow them to develop their own excitement for STEAM, some topics may include astronomy, crazy chemistry, and much more!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 3-4
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

STEAM Club 5-7

To those who like to ask big questions, this is the club for you. In this club we will investigate some of the biggest scientific mysteries. Rooted in the union of artistic expression and STEM design processes, we aim to foster a co-enriched environment where participants can ask questions and ponder over the complexities of the world. We’ll cover introductory topics such as the microscopic DNA in our body to the creation of the seven magnificent wonders of the world. Join us for a club filled with inquiry, exploration, and hands-on projects!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 5-7
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Robotics Club

Tech lovers, this is a club for you! Join us as we explore the intersection of programming and hardware in an exciting club for grades 8 and 9. In this new spin on a fan-favourite program, participants will learn how to write code for use with microcontrollers such as Arduino and Micro Bits and apply that technology to create marvelous machines!

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 8-9
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

Aerospace Engineering Club

Having mastered the land and seas, there is only one place left to go; up! Join us as we explore the incredible innovations made to travel not only in the sky above, but to the stars beyond. Our new Aerospace Engineering camp is an amazing place for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to learn the science behind flight, discover amazing technologies, and think critically as they design their own inventions for the future of air and space travel.

Curriculum will be different from last year’s clubs with the exception of a few fan favourites with a fresh twist!

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 10-12
PRICING: $230 for 10 sessions

CLUB POLICIES

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

Due to the continuously changing nature of COVID-19, and because health and safety are a paramount concern for us at Geering Up, we will alter our policies regularly to match with current government regulations. If changes are made to our safety policies, we will send these updates to all registered participants 2 weeks prior to the start of your club.

 

  • Each participant will be assigned a desk.
  • Each group will be isolated from other club groups for the entire session
  • Whenever possible, physical distancing will practiced
  • Sign in/out as well as daily pickup/dropoff will occur outdoors
  • Unfortunately, there won’t be tours or guest speakers attending our clubs
  • Materials and shared surfaces will be sanitized regularly, according to BC guidelines.
  • Participants will be required to wash their hands frequently (between activities and at the beginning and end of the day).
  • Geering Up clubs will run 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Different support strategies. We may not be able to provide the same level of 1:1 support as we have in past year. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding exceptionalities and whether our staff can providing care for your camper while maintain safety protocols. We would love to hear from you what strategy may work for your child. Similarly, we will not be able to provide 1:1 support for participants who are less comfortable with English instruction. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding participants with English as a second language and we can discuss arrangements further.

If you would like more information on our COVID-19 plans for in-person programs, view our Fall 2021 COVID-19 Parent Policy document.
Please note that as provincial guidelines change, our policies may update to reflect these changes. Thank you for your patience.
For details on our COVID-19 response, please refer to our updates here.

 

For in-person clubs, we offer the following cancellation policy:

  • $25.00 fee for cancellations made one or more weeks prior to the start of your camp
  • 50% of camp registration fee for cancellations made less than 1 week prior to the start of your camp
  • No refund can be given after 4:00 PM on the Friday preceding your camp

We want to be as flexible as possible while also keeping programming costs down. When a customer cancels, we lose money 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

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our in-person cancellation.

In the event that our in-person programs are cancelled, we will be happy to transfer you to an equivalent online program free of charge or provide you a full refund.

Bursary applications are currently open! For more information on how to apply for bursaries, please review the page HERE

 

Have more questions?
You can reach us at clubs.geeringup@ubc.ca.