Classroom Workshops

Please note: the topics below are from the 2017 season, 2018 topics will be posted soon

Our Classroom Workshops are available in May-June 2018.

If multiple classes from one school are registering, please schedule them to be on the same day(s).

Our workshops bring enthusiastic instructors to your classroom, to engage students in STEM and the BC Science Curriculum! We combine theory and application with interactive hands-on activities, experiments and demonstrations. Students are able to explore science, engineering and technology in a fun and interactive manner, while satisfying curriculum requirements. To book please email sciencealive@sfu.ca

Please note that due to material limitations we are only able to provide two workshops of the same topic at the same time.

Workshop Costs

  • Our 2 hour workshops are $95 each. Discounts are available for schools that book multiple workshops. These discounts are based on the considerable savings in transportation costs.
  • 2 workshops at $90 each = $180 (Same day: 1 morning, 1 afternoon or 2 morning or 2 afternoon)
  • 4 workshops at $85 each = $340 (Same day: 2 morning, 2 afternoon)
  • 4 workshops at $85 each = $340 (Same day: 4 morning or 4 afternoon)
  • 8 workshops at $80 each = $640 (Same day: 4 morning and 4 morning)

Full time workshops will be available May-June 2018. Available dates will be posted in October.

2017 Workshop Topics

Intro to Scratch Programming Grades 4-7
Theme: Computer Science and Coding

We are excited to announce our Introduction to Scratch Programming workshop, which will help students understand the ideas behind computer science and coding, get hands on learning and experience in seeing the process of coding. These workshops require a computer lab, or submit a request for a class set of laptops.

Kindergarten
Theme: Natural Wonders

What is that you see outside? Is it a bird? Or is it a plane? In this workshop, our young scientists will be learning how to identify many of the different things that surround us in nature! What’s the difference between the rocks you see on the sidewalk and the flower growing next to it? What makes one non-living and the other living? Join us to find out! BC Science Curriculum Links: Plants and animals have observable features. Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.

Grade 1
Theme: Matter Matters

Why does ice cream melt on a hot day? Why can’t we see the air we breathe? In this hands-on workshop, students will learn all about the 3 main states of matter and how they work together to make up the world around us. BC Science Curriculum Links: Matter is useful because of its properties.

Grade 2
Theme: Our Changing World

For 4.6 billion years, our planet has been changing and shifting, and is constantly transforming! How do mountains form, and trenches expand? How does our atmosphere affect the landscape? How does the water cycle influence our environment? It is time to unravel the mysteries of our shape shifting earth! BC Science Curriculum Links: Materials can be changed through physical and chemical processes. Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment.

Grade 3
Theme: Brilliant Biodiversity

What is biodiversity and why is it important? This workshop will introduce young scientists to the many relationships between living things, and their observable characteristics. Explore the interconnectedness of ecosystems and their inhabitants! BC Science Curriculum Links: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

Grade 4
Theme: Engaging Energy

This fun energetic workshop will explore the many different forms of energy! Energy is all around us, and can be observed in many different ways! Sound, light, thermal, kinetic, magnetic, nuclear…the list goes on! Energy can be manipulated and used for a variety of purposes. May the forces of energy be with you! BC Science Curriculum Links: Energy comes in a variety of forms that can be transferred from one object to another.

Grade 5
Theme: Simple Machines

Calling all engineers! This interactive workshop is about everything that spins, rolls, pulls, glides or can fly. From pulleys to levers, students will learn all about mechanical advantage, while testing out some inventions of their own. BC Science Curriculum Links: Machines are devices that transfer force and energy.

Grade 6
Theme: Captivating Chemistry

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Chemistry”? Is it balancing equations, or explosions coming out of beakers? The answer is both! In this workshop, our “Scientists-In-Training” will be exploring how chemistry works in the real world! After learning how to properly and safely execute experiments, we will get to try some hands on chemistry experiments! What is a precipitate, and why does it form? Sign up to see! BC Science Curriculum Links: Everyday materials are often homogeneous solutions and heterogeneous mixtures.

Grade 7
Theme: Electrifying Energy

What makes our lights turn on? What is going on when our computers run out of battery? Find out in this exciting workshop on electricity and electromagnetic force, where we’ll be exploring how circuits work in all of our electronics. We will spark your interest as we generate positive ideas about electricity! BC Science Curriculum Links: The electromagnetic force produces both electricity and magnetism.

 

Sample Schedule*:

School: Name of School             Date: 05/12/15                Contact information:Name, phone and email

Time: 9:00 am -11:15 am (with a 15 min break for recess between 10:30 and 10:45)

Workshop 1             Teacher A               Gr 2             28 kids     room 214

Workshop 2             Teacher B               Gr 5             25 kids      room 222

Workshop 4             Teacher C               Gr 4             29 kids     room 129

Workshop 4             Teacher D               Gr 3             23 kids     room 101

 

Lunch

1:00pm-3:00 pm

Workshop 1              Teacher E               Gr 3             28 kids   room 450

Workshop 2              Teacher F               Gr 7             27 kids     room 104

Workshop 3              Teacher G               Gr 2             32 kids   room 211

Workshop 4              Teacher H               Gr 6             29 kids   room 412

 

*Please note this an example of a typical 8 workshop schedule.  We understand that schools run on a variety of schedules and we can shorten workshops if it works better for your school.  We are flexible with recess and can run fewer workshops if you do not want 8. We allow a maximum of 2 of the same topic running simultaneously (i.e. two morning Radical Reactions workshops).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.  We're happy to modify the schedule to meet your school's needs.