Elementary Workshops





Geering Up is excited to announce that we are now ready to offer in person workshops from January – June 2022! 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 17, 2022 – June 24, 2022
    Excluding February 28, 2022 – March 25, 2022.

  • 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



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

Amazing Bots


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


Roaming Robots

Virtual & In-Person

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


Emotion Dectector

Virtual & In-Person

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.


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 experimental demos and even hands-on experiments such as slime!


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 and complete space missions!


Scratch Dino Run

Virtual & In-Person

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.


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.


Manufacturing Pioneers

Virtual & In-Person

In this workshop, students will become engineers and manufacturers and use 3D modelling and programming to create their very own digital designs.

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




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

We are very excited to re-launch our in-person workshops! Geering Up instructors will be able to join your
classroom 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.
As these are unprecedented times, we will be closely following all provincial COVID-19 health guidelines and
ensuring that our staff and those receiving our workshops remain safe.

Our workshops can be conducted via a virtual platform, such as Zoom, and can be offered to students during their in-person class time at school, or during their home-learning/out-of-school periods depending on your school's schedule.

If students are in school during the workshop, Geering Up instructors should be projected on a classroom screen for all students to follow along. Geering Up will provide you with a link in advance of the workshop. If students are at home, Geering Up Instructors can join your virtual classroom. Each student or pair of students will need a computer with internet connection to participate in the workshop activities.

Upon registering, please let us know if your students will be joining our workshops from the classroom or during their home-learning/out-of-school period.

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

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.