On Campus Workshops

Science AL!VE offers on-campus workshops from September to April by request (dependent on instructor availability). Each two hour workshop is designed for classes and groups of participants currently in grades K through 7. On-campus workshops expose participants to the University environment while they explore the dynamic fields of science, technology and engineering. Topics for the 2015/2016 on-campus workshops are listed below.

Our workshops correspond to the new 2016 BC Science Curriculum learning outcomes.

Our workshops combine theory and application with interactive hands-on activities, experiments and demonstrations. Therefore students are able to explore science, engineering and technology in a fun and interactive manner, while satisfying curriculum requirements. 

Workshop Availability

  • On-campus workshops are available in October through April.  All of our staff are full time university students (including the directors) so please have a few dates in mind!
  • Science AL!VE can not guarantee that a workshop will be able to booked in this time period due to staffing availabilities

Workshop Price

  • Our 2 hour workshops are $90 each. Discounts are available for schools that book multiple workshops. 

2016 Workshop Topics

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.