Online Saturday Clubs

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Registration for the 2021/2022 Winter and Fall Online Saturday Club sessions has closed. Summer 2022 summer camps are coming soon; check out our Camps Information page for details!

Saturday Clubs are weekly meetings all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We invite students in Grades 2-12 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.

Registration for Fall & Winter 2022/2023 clubs will open late summer. Unfortunately, we will not be running Spring 2022 clubs this season as we prepare to return to a full summer camps season. Join our mailing list to stay updated with Geering Up’s registration releases!

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.

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.