Summer Camp registration is now closed. (Will re-open March 2017)
SCI-FI's summer camp programs run for eight weeks in July and August. We now offer five unique types of camp: Science Camps, Technology Camps, Computer Science Camps, Medical Science Camps, and Veterinary Medicine Camps.
In Saskatoon, we offer a Girl Power program, the aim of which is to promote science and engineering to young women. We also run satellite camps in numerous Saskatchewan communities! Satellite camps contain a mix of projects and activities from Science, Technology, and CompSci camps.
These programs run from 9am to 4pm (though on the first day of camp we encourage participants to arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in).
To keep our programs fun, interesting and relevant, we create new projects every year! This means that campers coming back year after year will always have a unique experience. During May and June while instructors are delivering workshops in classrooms around the province, they are also busy planning a fresh batch of projects for campers to enjoy.
All projects and activities at SCI-FI Science Camps are designed to be fun! No matter what the scientific topic may be, we will present it in a fun, hands-on manner that makes participation a blast! Some projects that campers create (with the exception of Lego Robotics) can be brought home at the end of the week.
If you have any questions, or are looking for a copy of any of this years forms, we encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Our Science Camps cover a broad range of science topics, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and engineering. The camps are grouped in terms of different age groups based on which grade they will be entering in September:
- MacKenzie - Grades 1 & 2
- Mad Science - Grades 3 & 4
- Hutton - Grades 3 & 4
- Hawking - Grade 7+ Rubik's Cube/Logic Camp
MacKenzie: Grades 1 & 2
Mackenzie campers experience a different theme each day. During these days campers do activities and projects that reflect the theme. Mackenzie's also get to have a tour of the Natural Science Museum and get a visit from the Zoo Society.
Mad Science: Grades 3 & 4
Labcoats, goggles, and test tubes oh my! The campers will become mad scientists, mixing science potions to create all kinds of slimy, sometimes edible, sometimes glow in the dark, concoctions.
Hutton: Grades 3 & 4
Dinosaurs, rocks, and fossil hunting! Campers can be paleontologists for a week and learn all about digging for and identifying fossils. This camp will have many concepts from archeology and geology.
Hawking: Grades 7 and up
Students will learn (they will all learn!) to solve a 3x3 Rubik's cube. No prior Rubik's cube solving ability required (preferably not actually, so we can teach you from the ground up). We provide top of the line $20 cubes to the campers, (not dollar store junk cubes, only the best at SCI-FI). When not challenging each other for Rubik's races, we also learn about other logic games and puzzles. For the kid who likes a riddles, puzzles, and/or board games, this might be the camp for you. (Warning: your child may develop an obsession with solving Rubik's cubes.)
Our Technology Camps focus on projects involving applied sciences such as engineering, computers, robotics, and electronics . One of the ways we do this is with the Lego Mindstorms Robotic Invention System, which is a unique set of Lego which comes with motors, gears, sensors, and a Lego brain unit which allows kids to build and program robots to perform a variety of tasks. We offer three different Technology camps for different age groups:
- Compton - Grades 3 & 4
- Payette (Space Camp) - Grades 3 & 4
- Newton - Grades 5 & 6
- Tesla - Grades 7 and up
Compton: Grades 3 & 4
Compton campers will be learning all about electricity, energy, and hydraulics. Campers will also be designing and building their own Lego robots!
Payette: Grades 3 & 4
Payette campers will be learning all about planets, the solar system, and space. As this is a technology camp, the campers will also be using the Lego Robots!
Newton: Grades 5 & 6
Newton campers will be doing many challenges and hands on activities and projects that are based on technology. Not only will the campers enjoy science through fun activities and project, but they also get to design and build a Lego robot!
Tesla: Grades 7 and up
Tesla: Robotics will show the campers how to build their very own self-driving, self-steering, miniature, autonomous vehicle. With so much in the news these days about autonomous vehicles, we thought we would have the SCI-FI Campers run some tests with their very own (after they build and program them). No prior programming skills required.
FX - The Science of Movies! - This camp is new as of 2017. If you've ever wondered how Hollywood movies create their "movie magic", this camp is for you. This camp combines technology, chemistry, and creativity to discover the Hollywood secrets behind movies such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and many more!
Computer Science Camps
Computer Science Camps
Computer Science camps were a new program in 2009, and have contually gained in popularity! We have partnered with the Department of Computer Science to develop and deliver week-long camps with projects and activities related to computers, programming, logic, video game development and more!
SCI-FI Science Camps is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national program powered by Actua and Google. Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.www.actua.ca/
The two Codemaker camps we are offering this year are:
Codemakers - Video Game Development (Grade 7+). Students will learn to create complex interactive computer games. Through the week the students will learn the logic of computer programming in a programming language called Lua. Equipped with that knowledge, the students will get to design and create their very own computer games!
Codemakers - Raspberry Pi BootCamp (Grade 7+). Students will expand their computer science horizons outside of Windows or Mac operating systems and learn to use Linux! Each camper will come away from the camp with their very own linux computer and the knowhow to use it. Oh and the computer they take home fits in your pocket!
Codemakers - 2D Animation (Grade 7+). In this camp we will be teaching frame by frame animation, and how it's evolved over the years. Using powerful software, we will be able to create charaters or objects that move freely and can be easily animated. Independant animation has never been easier!
Medical Science Camps
Medical Sciences Camps
Medical Science Camps (formerly known as HealthSci Camps) began in 2009. The projects and activties are developed by students from the College of Medicine. Our health is intricately connected to the world around us, and by helping campers learn more about these connections we will promote healthy living, get youth excited and interested in health care, and most of all provide a fun and open environment for exploration of and learning about the human body.
Medical science includes a broad range of disciplines, such as pharmacy, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology, nutrition, etc. It incorporates the study and research of health-related issues to understand how humans function, and the application of that knowledge to improve health and to prevent and cure diseases.
- Forensic Science Camp - Grades 5 & 6
- Osler - Medical Science Camp - Grades 7, 8 & 9
Forensic Science Camp: Grades 5 & 6
Crime Scene Investigation: SCI-FI Style.
Learn the science behind solving crimes. Topics will include: fingerprint analysis, projectile trajectory, DNA and blood types and much more!
Osler - Medical Science Camp: Grades 7 and up
Campers will be learning about different areas of the medical sciences which may include nutrition, pharmacology, physiology, kinesiology, biochemistry, medicine, and dentistry! Campers also may have guest speakers and tours of different facilities on campus. If you have an aspiring doctor growing up in your household, this is summer camp for them!
Veterinary Medicine Camps
VetMed camps are offered thanks to a partnership with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Our instructors will be working with staff from WCVM to develop interesting hands-on projects so that campers will be able to explore the exciting connections between the sciences and the world of veterinary medicine.
- Bentham - Grades 5 & 6
- Fulton - Grades 7 and up
Bentham and Fulton:
The Vet Med camps give campers a chance to be a vet for a week. Campers get to do animal exams and have behind the scenes look at the Vet Med facilities including the dairy barn and animal clinics. Campers also get a chance to do a simple dissection.
Girl Power is dedicated to promoting science and engineering for young women. 2017 will mark our 15th year having a Girl Power and we are very excited to be offering five weeks of the program this summer!
Girl power is an experience exclusively for girls entering grades 5-9. This unique program has been developed to promote science and engineering specifically to girls. Girl Power is an addition to our regular camp program. It is a checkbox option when filling out the online registration form for camp.
Girls Power participants, in addition to their regularly scheduled week of camp, will get together with other girl power participants to do additional activities. They will also stay overnight with female instructors in accomodations on campus on the Thursday of camp. Meals from supper on the Thursday to lunch on the Friday will be included along with games, experiments, and tours. There is a maximum capacity of 18 girls for each week so register early!
Girl Power Registration Fee ~ $99 (In addition to Camp Fees).
- July 10-14 - Overnight stay on the Thursday the 13th
- July 17-21 - Overnight stay on the Thursday the 20th
- July 24-28 - Overnight stay on the Thursday the 27th
- July 31-Aug 4 - Overnight stay on the Thursday the 3rd
- August 14-18 - Overnight stay on the Thursday the 17th
Please Note: Girl Power is only available for camps that take place in Saskatoon.
Satellite Camps outside of Saskatoon
2017 Dates and locations
Outside of Saskatoon: TBA
Satellite Camp is currently not open. When it is, you can visi here to register. If you have any trouble with registration call 306-966-5539 for the registration desk.
Satellite camps are camps that are held in other communities outside of our "home base" in Saskatoon. In the past we have offered camps in Prince Albert, Yorkton, North Battleford, Kindersley, La Ronge. We also have Northern Camp programs in locations like Stony Rapids, Black Lake, Uranium City, Wollaston Lake and Fond du Lac.
In camp locations where we are not able to offer a full slate of science and technology camps for all age groups, we offer camp programs that feature projects from a combination of Science, Technology, Health Science, and Computer Science fields.
In locations with two camps, these programs are called:
- Bragg - Grades 3, 4 & 5
- Maxwell - Grades 6, 7, 8 & 9
Registration is now open!
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