Vancouver High School Workshops

Our classroom workshops will be available again from January – June 2023! 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 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



Quake Shake

As engineers, how do we prepare for natural disasters? In this workshop, students will explore the theory behind earthquakes and apply their creativity and knowledge to design and build an earthquake-proof building!


Introduction to Machine Learning

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Students will explore real-world examples with their own machine learning algorithm that uses existing datasets to make predictions.

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


Sustainable Chemistry

How can we make plastics more sustainable? In this workshop, students will be introduced to green chemistry and will apply these concepts to create their own organic plastic that can be used to replace the common plastic water bottle!

GRADES: 10-12

3D Design

3D modelling is a field that has grown rapidly with the emergence of inexpensive computer numeric controlled devices such as 3D printers. In this workshop, students will learn how to use a free, robust 3D modelling software and practice using it by designing a mug.

Please note students will need to have a computer or tablet with internet connection to participate. Students’ designs will not be printed by Geering Up.

GRADES: 10-12

Physics Fundamentals

In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of physics and manufacturing to design a working race car from a mousetrap!

GRADES: 10-12


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

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.

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

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