STEM Minds Virtual Festival

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. 

 

Join us for a Virtual Festival unlike any other! Explore the wonderful world of STEM with FREE virtual sessions guided by our expert staff throughout the day!

Session topics will include 3D Design, Video Game Design, special guests, and more!

This event is by registration only. Once you have registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you. You will receive the full session details on Tuesday, June 2nd. 

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see a full breakdown of session themes and activities. 


FESTIVAL DETAILS

Location: From your home! A link to join our virtual session will be provided in a separate email the day prior to the event. 

Ages: 

Stream 1 – For Ages 4-7*

Stream 2 – For Ages 8-10 [WORKSHOP SESSIONS SOLD OUT. GUEST SPEAKER SESSIONS AVAILABLE]

Stream 3 – For Ages 11-14

Dates & Times: Wednesday, June 3 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST (Toronto time zone). 

Scroll to the bottom of this page for full session descriptions, times, and details.

*All children in the ages 4-7 stream must have an adult present with them for the duration of the workshop session. 

**Please note that there is a limit of 25 participants per session. 


Onboarding Procedure:

Registration for this event closes at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2. You will be sent an email for each session you have registered for by 3:00 pm that same day. 

Please add [email protected] to your approved senders list in order to ensure you receive all email communications. 

You are responsible for reviewing the onboarding email in detail and being prepared with all materials before the session start time. The sessions begin promptly at the listed start time. Due to time constraints, no students will be admitted to the session 10 minutes after the session start time. 

All participants are responsible for ensuring that their Zoom display name matches EITHER the child’s name or the parent/guardian’s name. Participants whose Zoom names do not match our registration list will not be permitted to join the class. In order to ensure you do not experience any delays, we highly recommend double checking your Zoom profile settings well in advance of your session start time.


Technology Requirements:

In order to participate in the STEM Minds Virtual Festival you will require a computer with an internet connection and will need to download Zoom video conferencing software. Please review the session descriptions at the bottom of this page for a full explanation of whether you will require a laptop/desktop computer or if an iPad/tablet can be used. 

For ages 4-7, all children must be supervised by a parent/guardian for the duration of the session. For all sessions that involve the use of an app (e.g. coding, video game design, etc), you will need 2 devices in order to join the session; 1 device of any kind to view the instructor on and 1 tablet to use the app on. You will need to download the app prior to the start of the session. A phone is not recommended due to the small screen size.


Behaviour, Safety, and Privacy:

Please click here to download our Virtual Learning Safety Guidelines to learn more about our shared responsibility to support student safety and privacy in our online classes.

Please click here to download our Digital Citizenship Guide to understand how to be a respectful online student.

If you are registering for multiple children or multiple sessions, please add them to the cart separately.

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Enrolment Information

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Workshop A: 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | Coding with Code-a-Pillar

Learn to code with Code-a-Pillar! Students will learn the basics of code as they explore the Code-a-Pillar app!

Required Materials:

 

Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | Video Game Design

Why just play video games when you can make them? Join us as we go through the journey of a video game designer and learn how to design, create, and program your very own fully playable video game using Bloxels!

Required Materials:

 

Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | 3D Design

Join us as we explore the world of 3D design to learn more about how this technology is shaping our future through fun, hands-on challenges.

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection. An iPad/tablet will not be sufficient.

Guest Speaker 1: 11:15 – 11:45 am EST

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | Sam Sproule & Julia Rivard from Squiggle Park/Dreamscape
The educational game company Squiggle Park will be leading you through an interactive demonstration of their digital games where reading is gamified to engage any level of reader from preschool to grade 8.
 
Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | Sam Sproule & Julia Rivard from Squiggle Park/Dreamscape
The educational game company Squiggle Park will be leading you through an interactive demonstration of their digital games where reading is gamified to engage any level of reader from preschool to grade 8.
Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | Kim Cooper & The FIRST Robotics Canada Youth Council
Dream of becoming a robotics engineer when you’re older? Learn how to get involved in local robotics events from FIRST Robotics Canada themselves!

Workshop B: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | Video Game Design

Why just play video games when you can make them? Join us as we go through the journey of a video game designer and learn how to design, create, and program your very own fully playable video game using Bloxels!

Required Materials:

 

Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | 3D Design

Join us as we explore the world of 3D design to learn more about how this technology is shaping our future through fun, hands-on challenges.

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection. An iPad/tablet will not be sufficient.

 

Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | Coding with Python

Ready to explore the creative side of code? Get hands-on with one of the most popular programming languages as we discover how coding and art combine to create some amazing things!

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection. An iPad/tablet will not be sufficient.

Guest Speaker 2: 1:15 – 1:45 pm EST

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | Leslie from HELMLife
Looking to try something new while at home? Join Leslie from HELMLife as she highlights some activities that you can do from the comfort of your living room.
Required Materials: 
  • Paper, pencils, an eraser, markers, and any other drawing materials of your choice!
 
Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | Leslie from HELMLife
Looking to try something new while at home? Join Leslie from HELMLife as she highlights some activities that you can do from the comfort of your living room.
Required Materials: 
  • Paper, pencils, an eraser, markers, and any other drawing materials of your choice!
Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | Ali Hirji from the Durham College Cybersecurity & AI Hub
Have you ever wondered why everyone is talking about AI and Cybersecurity these days? Join Ali from Durham College as he shares some highlights on what’s going on in their AI hub.

 

Workshop C: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | LEGO Challenge

Become an engineer with LEGO as you participate in a design challenge! Students will learn about strong and stable structures compete in our Tallest Tower challenge!

Required Materials:

  • LEGO
  • LEGO base (optional)
  • Blank paper
  • Writing utensils

 

Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | Coding with micro:Bit

Ready to get hands-on with code? Discover the relationship between coding and electronics as we learn to program with  micro:Bit!

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection. An iPad/tablet will not be sufficient.

 

Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | Video Game Design

Why just play video games when you can make them? Join us as we go through the journey of a video game designer and learn how to design, create, and program your very own fully playable video game using Flowlab!

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop with an internet connection. An iPad/tablet will not be sufficient.

Guest Speaker 3: 3:15 – 3:45 pm EST

Stream 1 (Ages 4 – 7) | Kathleen Miller from Science Rendezvous
Take science out of the lab and into your living room! Join Katie from Science Rendezvous as she shares insights on how you can explore science at home.
Stream 2 (Ages 8 – 10) | Kathleen Miller from Science Rendezvous
Take science out of the lab and into your living room! Join Katie from Science Rendezvous as she shares insights on how you can explore science at home.
Stream 3 (Ages 11 – 14) | Sarah Wagg from Durham College eSports
Esports is the fastest growing form of entertainment in the world, join Durham College’s Sarah Wagg in exploring the educational routes and opportunities that lead to careers in gaming!

Additional information

Ages

Stream 1: Ages 4-7, Stream 2: Ages 8 – 10, Stream 3: Ages 11 – 14

Session

Workshop Session A: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Workshop Session B: 12:00 – 1:00, Workshop Session C: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Guest Speaker Session 1: 11:15 – 11:45 am, Guest Speaker Session 2: 1:15 – 1:45 pm, Guest Speaker Session 3: 3:15 – 3:45 pm