Elementary Workshops

Geering Up is excited to announce that we are now ready to offer both in person and virtual STEM workshops from January – June 2022! Workshops will be led by two Geering Up instructors and 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 all of BC!



  • Workshop Dates:
    January 17, 2022 – June 24, 2022


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


  • Cost: TBA
    See more details in the Workshop Fees section below.

ELEMENTARY WORKSHOPS

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



Roaming Robots

Robots are all around us! In this workshop, students will learn what a robot is and how they can be controlled. This workshop is unplugged – no computers are required.

GRADES: K/1



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.

GRADES: 2/3

* 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.



Innovation Generation

3D modelling allows students to bring their creative ideas to life. This workshop will culminate in a design and build challenge where students will create their own projects with the help of a 3D modelling software.

GRADES: 3/4



Dino Run

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

GRADES: 4-6

 



Manufacturing Pioneers

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

GRADES: 6/7

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Virtual and in-person workshop fees to be announced in fall 2021. 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.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 a STEM workshop 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 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 internet!

3. What materials will my class need to participate?

To participate in our virtual workshops, students will need a computer or tablet with an internet connection. Students may work individually (one student per laptop/tablet), or in pairs (two students per laptop/tablet). Other materials may include a writing utensil and paper.

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?

Prior to the start of the virtual workshop, you will need to: log onto the video calling platform; ensure students are logged into their computers/tablets; and if possible, have students open the website for the workshop in advance.

The website link for each workshop, 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.



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