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  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
  • Cost:
    $30 to $450/session
  • Ages:
    8 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 18 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    About York University; Science Engagement

    Science Engagement Programs offers innovative and engaging programs designed to inspire youth to discover exciting topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Out of the Faculty of Science at York University, our programs use a discovery and inquiry-based learning approach that is focused on ‘learning by doing’.

    School-year programs include online STEM Workshops and STEM Clubs.

    Summer programs include online STEM Camps, in-person STEM Camps for elementary students, and in-person lab programs for high school students.

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

    COVID-19 Response 

    We are so excited to announce that we will be offering both ONLINE and IN-PERSON programs during this upcoming Summer 2022 season!

    York University's current covid-19 mandates for Summer 2022 are as follows:

    1. Masks are required for all community members visiting campus; 2. Daily screening mandates will be paused; and 3. York’s Vaccination Mandate policy will be paused and proof of vaccination is not currently required.

    Thank you for your patience and for your continued interest in Science Engagement Programs during this time. The safety and health of our community is our number one priority.

    For more information, please visit our website:

    View recent COVID-19 updates from York University; Science Engagement

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; York University; Science Engagement currently has 0 program available; 18 TBD.

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    Virtual Program
    Ages: 3 - 8
    Science (multi), STEM
    $30 to $45
    Virtual Program,
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Python|Scratch|Robotics|Math|Animals|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Day Camp
    Ages: 15 - 18
    Education (multi), Science (multi)
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Virtual Program
    Ages: 13 - 18
    Science (multi), STEM
    Virtual Program,
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Animals|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Day Camp
    Ages: 15 - 18
    Science (multi), Medical Science
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Day Camp
    Ages: 13 - 17
    Animals, Science (multi)
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Day Camp
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Science (multi), Health Science
    Engineering|Health Science|Medical Science|STEM
    Robotics|Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Marine Biology|Medical Science|Safari|Space|Zoology|STEM
    Ages: 7 - 14
    Education (multi), Instructor lead (group)
    Robotics|Instructor lead (group)|Math|Animals|Engineering|Health Science|Medical Science|Safari|STEAM|STEM

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes

    Scholarships & awards:

    • Financial Assistance Program

      Amount: 95% Deadline: Rolling annually
      Type: Need based
      Details: Legal guardians of children and youth who wish to register for a Science Engagement program are eligible to apply for a bursary. All applications will be assessed based on financial need and in accordance to Science Engagement Programs' Bursary Policy. While all eligible applications will be considered, the highest priority will be given to applications that have not received funding from the program in the past and that demonstrate financial need. Please note that applications that have previously received two bursaries from Science Engagement Programs within the most recent five-year period of application will not have their applications assessed on a rolling basis. Those applications will only be assessed after the first application deadline has passed and if funding remains for that program.
      Application Details: Complete application with supporting documents
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of York University; Science Engagement

    our take

    Science Engagement sessions engage with the outcomes of the provincial curriculum, extending them in a range of meaningful ways, through hands-on, cooperative learning. Students also work within a professional setting, and learn from student leaders that themselves are working in those fields throughout the year. The facilities, as you’d expect, are exceptional—a majority of the sessions take place within Faculty of Science at the Keele Campus of York University—as is the organization of the programs and sessions.

    Editor's Review

    Three Things: York University; Science Engagement

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at York University; Science Engagement

    User reviews of York University; Science Engagement  — Read all 15 reviews

    Helix Student Review
    Anonymous student in Marine Biology (Camper)

    I had a great experience at Helix Summer Science Institute. The course was very interesting and I not only go tot learn the material, but had the chance to have hands-on experience. This course was a lot more than I was expecting. The instructor was very helpful and interesting and did a great job of teaching the course in a way in which we could learn easily. Many of the questions I came here with have been answered ... Read More

    Helix Student Review
    Anonymous Student in Pathobiology and Microorganisms (Camper)

    Through the course that I took at Helix, I learned a great deal. It provided me with the opportunities to learn more complicated and challenging concepts that I desire and it was really nice meeting and working with like-minded peers. It also gave me more insight into what it would be like to student science in university, and has helped me with making decisions concerning my future. ... Read More

    Online Summer 2021 Space Science camp
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    This program was very exciting and entertaining and I learned a lot of new things! My instructors were very nice and helpful whenever I had difficulty doing something. This program was amazing and I honestly couldn't think of anything that could have made this program better. Thank you for an amazing week at Space Science Camp! ... Read More

    Love it Too Much
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    I want to say keep it how it is I love this program just leave it I love it to much for u to change it

    My Favourite Thing...
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    [My favourite thing about camp was...] that my enstroters were very nice and helped me when had a qwesten.

    Discussion with Friends
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    It was an amazing journey and I loved every minute of it. It didnt even feel like a classroom, more like a friendly discussion with my friends. I learned so much and Im never gonna forget this.

    Connecting with Mentors
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    This is my first time doing this camp and I really enjoyed it! The camp counsellors were VERY nice and friendly! They made this camp a lot of fun and enjoyable! It was also really nice to meet a University student, Marishia, who has similar career path ideas as me and answered my questions about it as well. Thank you for an awesome week! ... Read More

    Will Definitely Come Back!
    Anonymous Student (Camper)

    Thanks you so much. This program was really fun and I will definitely come back ;) The camp instructors where very engaging and made the game just that much more fun. They listen to everything I had to say and gave me feedback based on what I was doing. I would rate them 11/10. Thanks, so much ... Read More

    Fantastic Instructors
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    I just want to say a big thank you to you and your instructors Justin and Vanessa. This is the best virtual camp that our children have attended so far! ... The instructors are constantly engaging the students and making sure they are understanding and following the instructions, and of course, the instructors were being extremely patient and helpful. They kept reminding the students that it’s ok to make mistakes and we may not get things perfect the first time. They are always encouraging the kids to try their best and praising them when they have good attitudes. It was a great learning experience and the kids had fun! Thank you ... Read More

    Online Summer 2020 Programs
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    The program was fantastic - my son was familiar with Arduino and had been using code from a book to do projects already. However, with your program, he said he really understood how to code on his own! He enjoyed each day and already asked if there’s a next level he can sign up for! Would be fantastic if you had a continuation ... Read More

    Online Summer 2020 Programs
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    Your camps are just fantastic! Educational and fun, best we've found out there. Congratulations and Thank You!

    Online Flight Academy Camp
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    The Flight Academy online camp has been the best extra-curricular online program my son has joined so far (and he's joined many!) He's been eager to get online and see what you'd be doing every day. The facilitators are very well prepared, engaging, explaining in just the right amount of detail and "seeing" and encouraging every kid's contributions. He's learned a good amount of science, and he's been flying rockets in our backyard all week. Thank you, you are amazing ... Read More

    Online Summer 2021 Programs
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    Kudos to you and your team on a successful summer! Great work on the engaging sessions where the staff were very professional and also equally charismatic and where guest speakers were very relevant and informative. [My Child] spoke very highly of the person who had worked to provide COVID vaccines this year, and also spoke of all the anecdotes of the speakers, and also the lead students; he recalled fondly current and past years' speakers and team leaders of the sessions, such as the nursing speakers and other students who instructed these sessions both this current and last year. Also, great work on the pre-planning of the experiments (what a great box of experiments, stickers/ baggies/ notes, and organization of all the materials!!!) and the early follow-ups with participants and parents to gauge how the sessions were progressing (online and with the students directly).Your team surpassed itself this year, despite the many challenges of schedules, the virtual context and all the uncertainty that COVID brought to the sessions both last year and this year ... Read More

    Pandemic Learning
    Anonymous Parent (Parent)

    Exactly what my child needed after a long year of distance learning from the pandemic... He's re-inspired and excited about learning. Thanks!

    Why I Keep Coming Back
    Anonymous Student (Camp alumni)

    I love the interaction with the instructors and love the fun atmosphere. That's why I come back year after year.

  • Location & Site Details


    Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto
    334 Lumbers Building , 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3
    Sentinel Park, Toronto
    334 Lumbers Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Dorm or Building


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Residence option available for high school programs only. Students staying in residence will be provided with a meal card and will have the opportunity to participate in trips across the GTA.

    Is York University; Science Engagement technology free? Please note that we encourage campers to leave all electronic game devices at home, as we are not responsible if they are lost. If your child carries a cell phone with them, we ask that it be put on vibrate during camp hours.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Cora Reist and Kimberly Tran, Manager, Science Engagement Programs
    OCT certified

    Dear Friends,

    We are thrilled that you are considering Science Engagement Programs for your child! We have had an exciting journey as we pivoted to meet the needs of our little Science Engagement community. We have introduced our online STEM programs, in the form of week-long camps, weekly STEM Clubs, and now online March Break workshops to amazing reviews:

    • Exactly what my child needed after a long year of distance learning from the pandemic... He's re-inspired and excited on learning. Thanks! -- Parent, Summer STEM Camp 2021
    • My son loves these stimulating, engaging and highly educational classes! ... Thank you for your commitment to educating next generation through provision of high quality courses. -- Parent, Fall STEM Club 2021
    • It was an amazing journey and I loved every minute of it. It didn't even feel like a classroom, more like a friendly discussion with my friends. I learned so much and I'm never gonna forget this. -- Participant, Summer STEM Camp 2021

    ​We re-launched our in-person Summer 2021 Science Camps with enhanced covid-19 safety measures that align with York University's Better Together Health and Safety Plan. We are working with the University to return to a full in-person program on the York University Keele Campus during Summer 2022, in addition to our online STEM Camp programs.

    More information about our Summer 2022 camp offerings will be posted at the end of February. Thank you for your patience and consideration, and we hope to see you soon!


    Cora and Kimberly

    Managers, Science Engagement Programs

    In the News

    September 30, 2021
    Boo Bubbles Experiment on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet

    Ziya Tong, co-host of Daily Planet, and Cora Reist, Manager of Science Engagement Programs, demonstrate a dry ice Boo Bubble experiment... Read More

    November 27, 2018
    Budding young scientists will enjoy YorkU's Science Saturdays

    Explore topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at York Science Saturdays for students in grade 3 to 8.... Read More


    • Helix Summer Science Institute Parent Reviews
      • "I have never seen my son come home so excited by everything he did during the day. Not only was the camp a tremendous amount of fun, but it was educational at the same time, covering things far more professionally and at a more advanced level than he would ever cover in school at his level. I am completely impressed by the depth of knowledge that comes out of this camp." - Anonymous Parent
      • "My son attended the AI program and he enjoyed it a lot. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, the facility was great, the team were friendly and organized and more than anything it was all about learning. My son found this program very educational and informative and was very happy to select this course. Thank you Helix team for offering such a wonderful program. This program makes a difference in our community as it builds and prepares our youth for future. We will definitely return and strongly recommend this program!" - Anonymous Parent
      • "My son learned a lot in his 2 weeks at Helix. The first week, he came home telling me all about proteins and some things he learned about medications and titration. Impressive! In the second week, he learned some university level math that helped him design a computer game. He was very excited about this field and even worked till 11 pm on night on his game design!" - Anonymous Parent
    • Helix Summer Science Institute Student Reviews
      • "The participants of the course were like-minded individuals who were genuinely interested in the subject at hand. The teachers were great at feeding us knowledge and the fast-paced dynamic learning environment was fit for students to thrive in. The course was the perfect combination of lecture-based and hands-on learning. The experience was quite unique to the typical high school learning atmosphere. It was refreshing to be surrounded by people who were passionate about teaching & learning science." - Anonymous Student
      • "The only camp where I made aspirin and conducted the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay and Thin-Layer Chromatography. 11/10 worth breaking the scale. - Raf, student in Medical Pharmacology
      • "It was very good as the teacher was great, and the material was taught in a way that grabs the attention of someone. I especially enjoyed the sports and feminism topics on Wednesday as they provided helpful insight on how to calculate things such as weighted average or using venn diagrams to solve word problems." - Anonymous Student
      • The teacher made sure that the environment was friendly and comfortable for everyone (huge shoutout to Andrew). When one of our feeder fish died, he played a sad song as he dramatically threw the fish into the garbage and as he did that, some students were laughing while others were pretending to cry. In that moment I saw how comfortable the class was with each other and the teacher. We forgot to take pictures throughout the week so in the last day Andrew was staging pictures and the whole class was joking around (this was the best day). This program helped me understand "deeper" marine biology and therefore giving me an idea of how it would be to work as a marine biologist. There were plenty of hands-on experiments (which the whole class enjoyed). - Anonymous Student in Marine Biology
    • Science Explorations Summer Camp Parent Reviews
      • "A mix of hands-on experience and lectures, this unique introduction to the medical field beats all our expectations! It is one-of-a-kind, this seems to be the only camp that really talks about medicine and sciences which is fantastic! Coming home from camp, my children go on and on about what they've learned and they talk about how they can discuss science with counselors who are studying science in university. My children will continue to delve into their science interests every summer with York University's camps." - Anonymous Parent about Mini-Med Camp
      • "My daughter's main focus is dance. It's all she cares about. Wasn't sure how she much she would enjoy Mini Med 2.0. She was hooked from the first day. It was refreshing to hear her talk about everything she learned and how much fun she had!" - Anonymous Parent about Mini-Med Camp
      • "Biophysics of physical therapy camp was a wonderful experience for my daughter - being a young athlete and gaining this knowledgeable is crucial. She is excited to come back for the mini meds and pharmaceutical ones as well to continue to grow her skills and interest in post-secondary studies. Thank you" - Anonymous Parent about Biophysics of Physical Therapy (All-Girls camp)
      • "Without exaggeration, this was a life changing week for our daughter. She arrived with a curious spark about science and left with a brightly burning passion. Her instructors Vanessa and Vanessa inspired her like no other educators. She would leave camp totally energized. Some nights she spent 2 hours recreating her day and sharing what she had learned. Then she would spend another couple of hours researching sigma and pi bonds, chemical reactions and brainstorming ideas for next year's science fair. This was the summer camp she had been wanting her whole life to be part of. It wouldn't surprise me if years from now she will look back on this week and the impact it had on her" - Anonymous Parent
      • "My son came home happy every day after camp telling us all the different things he learned. He asked to come back next year and that says a lot. He was engaged, informed and interested in learning more. We are happy we chose your camp for him." - Anonymous Parent
    • Spark Lab Program Reviews
      • "My child had an amazing time at the spark lab program, she would always come and tell me the many things she'd learned that day. This program I find is very engaging to her and I would recommend going next year." - Anonymous Parent
      • "I really enjoyed how engaging the program was. I personally love science and to have myself immersed into the world of Science was fascinating, and at such a young age too." - Anonymous Student
      • "This experience at Spark lab program was phenomenal. It was greater than I expected, I learned so much without realizing and I gained a great passion regarding science. All in all it was very enjoyable and I would come back next year!" - Anonymous Student in Nutrition Science


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does York University; Science Engagement have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 15 reviews of York University; Science Engagement here.

    What types of programs does York University; Science Engagement offer?
    York University; Science Engagement runs: virtual programs, day camps, year-round programs. Programming specializes in: Science (multi), STEM, Education (multi), Medical Science, Animals, Robotics, Health Science, Zoology, Instructor lead (group). Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does York University; Science Engagement start?
    York University; Science Engagement has programs for children aged 8 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend York University; Science Engagement?
    Fees to attend York University; Science Engagement range from $30 to $450/session.

    Does York University; Science Engagement offer support for children with special needs?
    York University; Science Engagement offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does York University; Science Engagement offer busing?
    No, York University; Science Engagement does not offer transportation.

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