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Carleton University STEM Camps

  
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
    STEM
  • Cost:
    $285 to $325/week
  • Ages:
    4 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    Carleton University STEM Camps answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Virtual Ventures is a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Virtual Ventures provides the youth of Ottawa with stimulating experiences in all aspects of computers, information technology, engineering, and science. Virtual Ventures marks its 30th year of operation in 2024.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Virtual Ventures has been creating programming for the Ottawa area for 30 years. Renowned for our diverse and engaging activities, we redefine learning with fresh curriculum each year. Our team of instructors, Carleton University students, infuse passion and real-world insights. We offer a unique setting where youth participate in activities on campus, in the classrooms, and labs."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our staff is a dedicated and diverse team fostering inclusivity. Actively seeking individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds, we prioritize comprehensive training. Sessions cover supporting learning disabilities, allyship for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth, and Creating Inclusive Spaces for physical and developmental disabilities. Collaborating with Carleton University resources, we emphasize equity, diversity, and inclusion. With a carefully maintained staff-to-camper ratio, a gender balance, and high retention rates, our team ensures personalized attention, continuity, and a positive camp experience for all participants."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Registration for Carleton University STEM Camps opens on February 1, 2024. Families can reach us by phone or email for a prompt response. The registration process is straightforward, enabling families to register multiple youth simultaneously. A $50 deposit secures the camp spot, with the full payment required two weeks before the camp starts. We prioritize providing accessible information for parents and campers, ensuring clarity about programs and requirements."



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Carleton University STEM Camps currently has 19 programs available.

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    Name
    Age
    Type (Gender)
    specialty
    Shortlist
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    STEM, STEAM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Mechatronics|Robotics|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Mechatronics|Robotics|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Mechatronics|Robotics|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 8 - 12
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Video Game Design, Programming (multi)
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Animation|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|C#|C++|Python|Robotics|Technology|Video Game Design|Video Game Development|Web Design|Engineering|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    STEM, STEAM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 7 - 11
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Programming (multi), STEM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Animation|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|C#|C++|Python|Robotics|Technology|Video Game Design|Video Game Development|Web Design|Engineering|STEAM|STEM
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 7 - 10
    Day Camp
    (All Girls)
    STEM, STEAM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Mechatronics|Robotics|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 11 - 16
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Video Game Development, STEM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 10 - 15
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Programming (multi), STEM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Animation|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|C#|C++|Python|Robotics|Technology|Video Game Design|Video Game Development|Web Design|Engineering|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 9 - 12
    Day Camp
    (All Girls)
    STEM, STEAM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 13 - 17
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Leadership (multi), STEM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 11 - 16
    Day Camp
    (All Girls)
    STEM, STEAM
    $285 to $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 8 - 12
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    STEM, STEAM
    $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Ages: 13 - 17
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    STEM, Leadership (multi)
    $325
    3D Design|3D Printing|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Web Design|Leadership Training|Architecture|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM



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    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 2
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Carleton University STEM Camps

    our take

    Positioned within the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Carleton University STEM Camps offer a stimulating and inclusive summer experience for youth aged 4 to 18. Virtual Ventures, the not-for-profit organization behind these camps, is renowned for its innovative approach to learning, incorporating diverse and engaging activities. Likewise, these camps are distinguished by their unique blend of hands-on engineering challenges, captivating science experiments, attention to fundamental coding concepts, and interaction with exciting technology. Catering to a variety of interests—from game design and programming to engineering—the camps offer general and specialty programs. Each camp is meticulously structured to provide a dynamic environment for exploring different STEM topics, enabling participants to expand their interests and discover new possibilities in STEM. The team of instructors, comprised of Carleton University students, brings passion and real-world insights, ensuring a rich learning experience. Their dedicated staff prioritizes inclusivity and maintains a welcoming environment for everyone. Reviews from parents underscore the camp's positive impact, highlighting the exciting projects, nurturing love for STEM, and the creation of a welcoming atmosphere. These camps offer a blend of fun, learning, and practicality, inspiring young minds to pursue their interests and potentially shape their future careers in STEM.


    Review(s) of Carleton University STEM Camps

    Parent, Nybbles Camp (Parent)Amazing Projects

    The Nybbles camp has been super awesome for my daughter - the projects have been amazing - she GLOWS when she shows us what she made and explains how it works!

    Parent, Explorers Camp (Parent)Discovering STEM

    My son has really enjoyed the past week in Virtual Ventures. I have not seen him that excited about something except Fortnite or other video games and Star Wars. Thanks for helping him to discover and nurture a love of STEM and creating things. He has been quite engrossed with this camp ... Read More

    Parent, Summer Camp (Parent)Positive Environment

    Thank you, very much for the work that you do to make the children feel welcome and for the positive environment that you create. As a parent, the camp was well organized and everyone was helpful and smiling. You are a special group of individuals, keep up the great work ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Property Details

    More details about property: Virtual Ventures is a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. We offer a unique setting where youth participate in activities on campus, in the classrooms, and labs.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    We offer in-school workshops for school groups or workshops for corporate groups. Visit our website or request your workshop by email, [email protected] https://carleton.ca/vv/teachers


  • What's New

    In the News

    January 8, 2024
    Virtual Ventures Expands Reach to 10K Youths Annually

    2022 marks the first year in the program’s history where more than 10,000 youth were reached across all programs.... Read More



    Stories

    • Camper to Instructor

      With the 2023 summer camp season coming to an end the Virtual Ventures team has been reflecting on the past 29 years of STEM outreach! Over the years VV has seen many different youth throughout their journeys in STEM. This season there are several instructors who have come full circle having taken part in VV as a camper and returning as an instructor. Meet some of our amazing instructor team!

       

      Grace

      Grace is one of VV’s university instructors entering her second year of Aerospace Engineering at Carleton! This summer Grace taught Programming camp and all girl’s technology camp, Codemaker Girls! Grace is passionate about encouraging girls to see themselves in the STEM fields. This inspired her to join the VV team as an instructor after being a camper in VV’s animation camp in 2017.

      “Seeing women in STEM at Virtual Ventures camp when I was younger and at Carleton was really cool. I want to make sure that girls know they have a place in STEM as well”.

      Grace enjoys showing different STEM topics in a fun way and helping kids see what possibilities they have to pursue STEM. In the future Grace would like to work for the Canadian Space Agency and contribute to getting rid of debris in lower Earth orbit. 

       

      Connor

      Connor is a returning university instructor heading into his final year of Aerospace Engineering at Carleton. He taught Game Design Sr summer 2022 and is teaching Engineering Sr this summer. Connor attended Virtual Ventures as a camper for many years participating in a variety of camps.

      “VV was my childhood, I’d be asking my parents to go to VV to reinforce my interest in STEM. I really liked learning about programming at camp which wasn’t a part of the curriculum when I was younger”.

      Connor hopes to become a teacher and teach secondary math and science. This goal and his passion for STEM led him to join the VV team as an instructor. “I’ve always really enjoyed teaching. I really looked up to my instructors as a camper, seeing what engineering students could do as a part of their job while in school was awesome and it was really cool seeing students get to teach other people”.

       

      Zane

      Zane attended VV for a number of years as a camper, participating in Terabytes, Engineering Sr and Innovators camp. As a high-school instructor this summer Zane taught Engineering Sr, Programming and Game Design. When asked why he wanted to return to VV as an instructor Zane shares, “VV inspired me with a love of STEM, I want to contribute to that for another generation of kids”. Zane will be pursuing Economics at Western University this fall.

       

      Mia

      Mia has been a part of Virtual Ventures for many years! She started off with VV in Explorers camp in grade one and has returned every year since. As a camper she participated in general camps, Game Design, Engineering camp and Girls camps. Mia joined the VV team to give back to the Virtual Ventures community, “It means a lot to me because I grew up at camp every single year and have so many good memories”.

      Mia is a returning high-school instructor and helped with many camps this summer including Engineering Jr, Nybbles and Explorers.

      “I find it really cool because I started out in Explorers and now I am teaching Explorers, its a full circle moment as I am now teaching the same content I learned at Virtual Ventures”.

      Mia is interested in pursuing Architecture or Industrial Design at Carleton.



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Carleton University STEM Camps have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 3 reviews of Carleton University STEM Camps here.

    What types of programs does Carleton University STEM Camps offer?
    Carleton University STEM Camps runs: day camps. Programming specializes in: STEM, STEAM, Video Game Design, Programming (multi), Video Game Development, Leadership (multi). Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Carleton University STEM Camps start?
    Carleton University STEM Camps has programs for children aged 4 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend Carleton University STEM Camps?
    Fees to attend Carleton University STEM Camps range from $285 to $325/week.

    Does Carleton University STEM Camps offer support for children with special needs?
    Carleton University STEM Camps offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does Carleton University STEM Camps offer busing?
    No, Carleton University STEM Camps does not offer transportation.



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