Vancouver Elementary Workshops

 

 

 

 

Our classroom workshops will be available again from January – June 2023! Each workshop will be led by two amazing Geering Up instructors and will consist of exciting software based and hands-on activities that stimulate computational thinking and digital literacy. Students of all levels can participate and be equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to further explore computer science and engineering after the workshop. Workshops are available to schools across Metro Vancouver! 



  • Workshop Dates: JANUARY – JUNE, 2023


  • Available Times:
    9 – 10:15AM, 10:30AM – 12:00PM, 1 – 2:30PM
    We are happy to accommodate your school’s bell schedule.


  • Cost:
    1 General Workshop – $175/Workshop
    3 General Workshops (in the same day) – $155/Workshop
    6+ General Workshops – $135/Workshop

ELEMENTARY WORKSHOPS

BC Curriculum Ties: All of our workshops meet multiple components of the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies and Science Curriculum for K-7.

All elementary workshops are also available in French!


Ecosystems Everywhere

In this workshop, students will learn about the fundamentals of living things through various games and explore the basics of life by building their very own biodome!

GRADE: K



Molecules Matter

Everything around us is made of matter! In this water-cycle themed workshop, students will explore the properties of matter through hands-on activities such as making a cloud in a bottle!

GRADE: 1



Roaming Robots

Robots are all around us! In this workshop, students will learn what a robot is and how they can be controlled.

GRADES: K-1



Amazing Bots

Can you identify a robot from a machine? In this workshop, students will learn about the components of a robot and guide their mini Ozobot robot to complete tasks!

GRADE: 2



Crazy Chemistry

Put on your lab coats and safety goggles because in this workshop we will be performing chemical reactions! Students will be able to explore chemical processes and their properties through hands-on experiments such as slime!

GRADE: 3



Emotion Detector

Technology is a vital part of how we communicate today. In this workshop, students will use technology to communicate by programming an online micro:bit simulator to express different emotions.

Please note that micro:bits are not required to participate in this workshop, however, if you have micro:bits in your classroom, you can use them during this workshop.

GRADES: 2-3



Elemental Energy

We use energy every day in our life! In this workshop, students will learn how energy is transferred and transformed by applying their creativity to develop their own working circuits to create working tools!

GRADE: 4



Oh my Organs

In this workshop, students will explore the world of biomedical engineers and their role in designing prosthetics. Students will learn the fundamentals of working organs and apply their creativity to design challenges.

GRADE: 5



Scratch Dino Run

Programming is all around us and is used to build all the games we love to play! Using Scratch, students will learn to use code and their creativity to create their very own interactive game.

Please note students will need to have a computer or tablet with internet connection to participate.

GRADES: 4-5



Phenomenal Forces

Do you know the forces acting on a ball that is tossed in the air? Learn all about forces that act on us every day and explore Newton’s Laws through a variety of thrilling hands-on activities.

GRADE: 6



Quantum Soap Bubbles

In this workshop, students will get an introduction to the weird world of quantum computing, and the kinds of problems it can help us solve. Using hands-on activities, students will get to see these problems in everyday life.

GRADE: 7



Manufacturing Pioneers


In this workshop, students will explore the world of biomedical engineers and their role in designing prosthetics. Students will learn the fundamentals of working organs and apply their creativity to design challenges.

Please note students will need to have a computer or tablet with internet connection to participate.

GRADES: 6-7

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In-person workshop fees vary depending on how many workshops you choose to sign up for. Please see above for details. To help offset the cost of vehicle rentals and travel time, travel fees apply to all schools outside of Vancouver. We recognize that some schools may be experiencing additional financial difficulties during this time. Should you want to participate but find that cost is a barrier, please don’t hesitate to contact us at workshops.geeringup@ubc.ca.

Our workshops are designed for single classes of up to 30 students. Each of our teams can teach up to three workshops per day, according to the following schedule. We are happy to accommodate the nuances of your school's bell schedule.
Workshop 1: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Workshop 2: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop 3: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Geering Up instructors will be able to join your classroom in-person for an entire session to guide the class through STEM workshop(s) of your choice. Please ensure that there is a way for our instructors to project slides and, depending on the course you have selected, each student or pair of students may need a computer/device with internet connection to participate in the workshop activities.

1. Why should I bring this into my classroom?

70% of tomorrow's jobs will require STEM skills, but less than half of high school students graduate with the prerequisite STEM courses (Skills Competencies Canada). BC's new ADST curriculum heavily integrates computer science and applied science skills to help address that gap. Geering Up workshops aim to help educators satisfy BC's new ADST curriculum by providing their students the opportunity to investigate STEM in fun, innovative, and hands-on experiments and projects. Our workshops allow students to build future skills, connect with current university undergraduate students, and gain tools, knowledge, and inspiration to explore a future in STEM!

2. Will I need to download any software prior to the workshop to participate?

No! Workshops will not require the downloading of any apps or software. All of the software we use in our workshops are web-based applications that you and your students can access through the internet!

3. What materials will my class need to participate?

For our in-person workshops materials may include computer or tablet with an internet connection. All other materials will be provided by the Geering Up team. A teacher letter with information about the workshop content and a list of any additional materials needed will be provided in advance of your scheduled workshop.

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

Please keep an eye out for a teacher letter with information about the workshop content and a list of any additional materials needed. This will be provided after registration, and in advance of your scheduled workshop.



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