Online Saturday Clubs

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Registration for the 2021/2022 Winter and Fall Online Saturday Club sessions is now open! For information about our In-Person Vancouver 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
  • ONLINE
    LINK WILL BE PROVIDED

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.
*NOTE: If your child has participated in a Python or JavaScript camp or club, they will find much of the material in the Fall and Winter Clubs is similar due to these programs aiming to teach a skill assuming no background knowledge.

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

Program Pricing: $220 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 Online Clubs closes September 9, 2021 and registration for Winter 2022 Online Clubs closes January 13, 2022

Materials Boxes: If your chosen club theme includes a Materials Box, it should arrive during the week leading up to the club session.

 

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

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
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $220 for 10 sessions

Python Club

Sorry zoologists, this Python isn’t your average reptile. In fact, this Python is a popular programming language used on the web, in the lab, and in the classroom! In our Python Club, participants will learn all the skills they need to start coding in Python. This club takes those with little to no experience with the language and sets them up for success by teaching them the fundamentals through activities and projects. If you want to learn a skill while challenging yourself, this is the club for you!

You will need a laptop or desktop computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux to join this club. iPads, iPhones, and Chromebooks will not work for this club.

*Please note this is the same content run from previous Python club sessions*

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 10-12
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $220 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!

You will need a laptop or desktop computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux to join this club. iPads, iPhones, and Chromebooks will not work for this club.

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
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $220 for 10 sessions

WINTER CLUB THEMES

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
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $220 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
MATERIALS BOX: Yes
PRICING: $220 for 10 sessions

JavaScript Club

If you were expecting a calligraphy course for baristas, this sadly isn’t for you. But don’t despair! In our JavaScript Club, participants can pick up a new coding language used everywhere in web development. This program focuses on teaching the fundamentals of programming in JavaScript to those with little or no experience using the language. If you want to create cool programs and learn coding through a combination of activities and projects, this is the club for you!

You will need a laptop or desktop computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux to join this club. iPads, iPhones, and Chromebooks will not work for this club.

*Please note this is the same content run from previous JavaScript club sessions*

GRADE LEVELS: Grades 10-12
MATERIALS BOX: No
PRICING: $220 for 10 sessions

CLUB POLICIES

Please read the information below regarding our policies in place for clubs 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 club starts: $10 cancellation fee; $0 program transfer fee
After 8:00 AM on the Monday one week before your club: $40 cancellation fee; $20-$40 program transfer fee (depending on program selection)
After 4:00 PM on the Friday preceding your club: No refund can be given; No transfers can be made

*If Geering Up needs to cancel club sessions at any point, all registered participants in that group will be given a full refund or the option to transfer 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 programs 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 time in clubs. Once your registration is submitted, our team will review your student’s details and may reach out to discuss how to best support your child 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 programs, please contact us at geering.up@ubc.ca.

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

Bursary applications are currently open! For more information on how to apply for bursaries, please review the page 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 clubs.geeringup@ubc.ca.