A Brief History of SCI-FI Science Camps

SCI-FI Science Camps was founded in 1989 by a handful of engineering students. We delivered our first summer camp in 1990 and reached 140 youth. Since our inception, we have reached over 140,000 children through more than 7000 classroom workshops, and have enrolled another 22,000 youth in week-long summer camps. SCI-FI has grown from a summer staff of four (a director and three instructors) to a summer staff of more than thirty!  We were the first program of our kind in Western Canada, and are currently one of the largest nation-wide.  


Today, SCI-FI is staffed by students from various colleges on Campus including Engineering, Education, Medicine, Vet Med, and other sciences.  We carry out classroom workshops, community programs, science clubs, and during the summer months of July and August hold eight weeks of camps at the College of Engineering on the U of S campus. We also run camp in over 10 other locations across the province. 

Recent Happenings at SCI-FI:

In 2015 we...

    • Offered a new high-tech co-ed Clubs program called "Innovators"

    • Aquired a year-round, full time Director.

In 2014 we...

  • Offered a girls-only computer science summer camp for grades 7-9.
  • Made Quidditch the lunch-time sport during Summer Camps.

In 2013 we...

      • Opened up a new Northern Camp location in Uranium City. 

      • Replaced all of the aging RCX lego mindstorms with NXT lego robitics kits!  

      • Acquired a classroom set of Arduino prototyping boards for our gr. 7-9 technology camps.

      • Offered Space camp and Rocks and Fossils camps for the grade 3-4 age group.  
      • Ran a test week of Rubik's cube/logic camp for the grade 7-9's.


In 2012 we...

      • Moved to a more accessible location in Room 1C03 on the main floor of Engineering.

      • Came under new management (part-time).

      • Built our own dunk tank to be part of our end of the week festivities.


In 2011 we...

      • opened our first ever Saskatoon camps for children going into grades 1 and 2 (Mackenzie).

      • opened two new camp programs - Space for grades 5-9 and Robotics for grades 7-9.

      • enrolled over 2100 campers in our summer programs - our busiest summer ever!

      • provided science experiences to over 13,000 children province-wide.

In 2010 we...

      • recieved the Actua Photo and Story Award for our reports to Actua, our national association.

      • hired our first ever full-time director.

      • partnered with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to offer a  brand new Veterinary Medicine Camp.

      • expanded our Health Sciences camp to 7 full sessions.

In 2009 we...

In 2008 we...

      • reached over 13,000 students in 2-hour, interactive elementary school workshops.

      • had over 1,650 campers register for our week-long summer camps in 20 locations across Saskatchewan!

      • brought the fun and excitement of science and technology to over 50 Saskatchewan communities (scroll down for map)!

      • partnered with Actua's Dream Team to deliver week-long science programming in Boys and Girls Clubs in Saskatoon, Toronto, Summerside (PEI) and Newfoundland!

In 2007 we...

  • received the Actua Award for Leadership and Innovation (PDF).
  • reached over 11,300 students in classroom workshops.
  • had over 1,400 campers register for our week-long summer camps in 14 locations across Saskatchewan!
  • enrolled over 80 kids in our fun Saturday science clubs!

Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at www.actua.ca.

SCI-FI Science Camps
1C03.2 - 57 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A9

Phone: 306-966-7755
Fax:     306-966-5237
E-mail: science.camps@usask.ca