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

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 session.

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.

Session Descriptions & Links

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!

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop or iPad/tablet with an internet connection

All Day

Hidden Live Virtual Scavenger Hunt

HIDDEN.LIVE is a real-time game of discovering secrets hidden in plain sight. It’s a global community for people who like to play real-time scavenger hunts in their own neighbourhoods. During the pandemic, this is mostly a “play at home” game.

Can you find all of the hidden clues scattered around the STEM Minds website?

Username: stemminds

Password: mindstorm

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.

Accessing the Tool:

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!

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop or iPad/tablet with an internet connection

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.

Accessing the Tool:

  • www.trinket.io
  • Login credentials will be provided at the start of the session

Ages 11-14

Ali Hirji from Durham College 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.

Required Materials:

  • Desktop computer/laptop or iPad/tablet with an internet connection

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.

Accessing the Tool:

Important Information & FAQs

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.

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 above 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.

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.