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Venture Academy K-12

Venture Academy is a summer program for grades K to 12 that brings the excitement of engineering to life. Our curriculum develops problem solving skills and engages young minds through experiments, hands-on projects, and fun, education-based activities. Professors, graduate students, Ph.D. students, technicians, faculty, staff, alumni and community all contribute to the success of bringing Venture Academy to the forefront of its success.  Gain a deeper understanding of science, mathematics and technology while exploring today’s most exciting areas of engineering and computer science. Enriching, hands-on activities encourage creativity, personal growth and a passion for learning. Get a jump on university with Venture Academy!

History

2021 is Venture’s 30th year! Venture Academy encompasses all grades; K to 12.

Venture  began in 1991, as Engineering and Science camp with spaces for 120 children. It was started by Dr. Brian Allen, an undergraduate engineer, and with the strong support of the Faculty of Engineering. Venture’s goal was to introduce children to the principles of engineering and science through discussion, exploration and practical applications.

In 1994, Venture became part of Actua, a national organization that provides support to local organizations that offer educational science and technology programs to youth.

In 1995, a Computer and Technology stream was developed to increase the impact of Venture’s programming and expand the variety of engineering disciplines covered. Recognizing a need for greater involvement in the community, Venture began offering travelling workshops to local elementary schools in 1998, with programming that complemented their classroom curriculum. Venture has continued to grow over the past decade via expansion of existing programs and outreach initiatives. Most recently, in the fall of 2009, Venture started a Girls Club dedicated to promoting education in engineering, science and technology to girls in a fun and interactive club environment during the school year.

Established in 2005, The Learning Enrinchment Advancement Program (LEAP) started. LEAP attracts bright and eager students from across Canada and around the world. The intensive program combines lectures, design projects, lab experiments, industry tours and extracurricular events. Work on leading-edge projects with professors, graduate students and undergraduates . Along with academic preparation for university, LEAP offers students a taste of campus life with the opportunity to live in residence during their session.

In 2020 LEAP is joining forces with Venture to make one cohesive program for grades K to 12. 

Over Venture Academy 30 years of operation, its program has grown to reach over 1885 students from grades 1 to 8 at their summer camp, and over 30, 000 additional students through workshops and outreach events. Venture continues to grow every year while maintaining the superb standards campers, parents, and teachers have come to expect. Venture’s increasing success is demonstrated through its achievement of the Hamilton Reader’s Choice Platinum Award for the best overall summer camp in Hamilton.

Venture 1991

Venture 1991

Venture 2002

Venture 2002

LEAP 2005

LEAP 2005

LEAP 2012

LEAP 2012

2021 Programs

2021 Camp Programs

Grades K-7

Grades 8-12

Fees & Dates

Please note all in person 2020 camps have been cancelled- the dates and fees relate to 2021

 

 Dates

Grades K to 7Grades 8 to 12

Week 1*

June 28 - July 2, 2021

 
$270

 
$320

Week 2

July 5–9, 2021

 $290$340
Week 3

July 12- 16, 2021

 $290$340 

Week 4


July 19 – 23, 2021

 $290 $340
Week 5
July 26– 30, 2021

 $290 $340

Week 6*

August 3-6, 2021 $270$320 
Week 7
August 9-13, 2021

 $290 $340

Week 8*

August 16-20, 2021 $270 $320

*Weeks 1 & 6 are four day holiday weeks with a special rate. There is no camp Thursday day July 1st and 
Monday August 2nd, 2021

Camp is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

Additional extended care hours  (8:00am to 5:30pm) can be added at a fee  of $60.00 during registrtaion. Please notre extended care is for grades K to 7 only.

Experience the lab!

Experience the lab!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy:
All cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to the start of the registered week of camp. There is a $85 administration fee that will be applied.

No Refunds due to unforeseen circumstances will be allotted, example - unexpected closure of the University. NO REFUNDS on Busing or Extended Care. Refunds to credit cards may take up to 60 days.

Busing 2021

Busing is offered from Burlington (2 stops), Oakville (1 stop) and Mississauga (1 stop)

Burlington, Mississauga & Oakville Bus Stops:

There will be no supervision provided at the bus stop. Your prompt arrival to pick up your children is appreciated. If you wish for your child to walk home from the bus stop, please provide a letter of permission with your registration. Please arrive ten minutes early

Bus Cost Per weekPick Up Drop Off

Mississauga Bus (1 stop)
John Fraser Secondary School 
2665 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5M 5H6

 $75 7:35am 4:50pm

Oakville Bus (1 stop): 
Glen Abby Recreation Centre
1415 Third Line, Oakville, ON L6M 3G2
*Pick-up is behind the rec centre, on the North side, by the tennis courts*

 $75 7:50am 4:40pm

Burlington Bus. (2 stops): 
 Stop 1: Mainway Recreation Centre 
4015 Mainway (The corner of Mainway and Walkers Line)

 $75 8:05am 4:20pm

Burlington Bus:
Stop 2: Burlington Central Library
2331 New St 
*Pick-up is in the library parking lot

 $758:20am 4:45pm

Buses to and from Campus

Buses to and from Campus

Accommodations

Are you from out of town and need some where to stay?

Stay on campus

Stay on campus

You can book directly with Conference Services at McMaster to stay on campus. Note you must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older to stay in residence.

Stay in Hamilton

Stay in Hamilton

Stay in some nearby hotels in Hamilton

Commuting from outside Hamilton

Commuting from outside Hamilton

There is a Go bus station located on campus!

If you have a group of 15 or more students who need to stay in residence?

Contact us and we can assist you with accommodations on campus. vespi@mcmaster.ca

International Students

For students from around the world, we offer an inclusive introduction to Canadian university life. Working in McMaster’s world-class laboratory facilities students will undertake hands-on engineering and science projects that prepare them for higher education. Experience the best that Canada has to offer in a safe, culturally-diverse mid-sized city only a short drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

McMaster University Top 75

McMaster University Top 75

The university is ranked 72 in the internationally respected 2020 Times Higher Education rankings in Switzerland.

How to apply

How to apply

More information can be found on the following link!

Accomodations

Accomodations

Need a place to stay or commuting from Campus? We have options!

Fireball Family

The alumni, staff, faculty and mentors who make our program as great as it can be!

3D Printing in the Epic Lab with Dr. MacDonald

3D Printing in the Epic Lab with Dr. MacDonald

Flocculation Demo with Ryan Larue

Flocculation Demo with Ryan Larue

Exploring the MakerSpace with Josh Hu

Exploring the MakerSpace with Josh Hu

Shake table demo with Peter Koudys

Shake table demo with Peter Koudys

Elm Programming with Yumma Irfab

Elm Programming with Yumma Irfab

Clean room tour with Ross Anthony

Clean room tour with Ross Anthony

Data Science Laboratory with Dr. Fei Chiang

Data Science Laboratory with Dr. Fei Chiang

Biosensing Presentation with Dr. Shahin Sirouspour

Biosensing Presentation with Dr. Shahin Sirouspour

Touring the Learning Factory with Dr. Ishwar Singh

Touring the Learning Factory with Dr. Ishwar Singh

All about Engineering Physics with Dr. Matthew Minnick

All about Engineering Physics with Dr. Matthew Minnick

Exploring the Greenhouse with Dr. Susan Dudley

Exploring the Greenhouse with Dr. Susan Dudley

Levitation lab with Simon McNamee

Levitation lab with Simon McNamee

Egg drop challenge with McMaster Mars Rover Project

Egg drop challenge with McMaster Mars Rover Project

Membrane fabrication with Sara Filice

Membrane fabrication with Sara Filice

Learning all about concrete with Paul Heema

Learning all about concrete with Paul Heema

Parent Guide

All the information you need to know before you attend our summer programs!

2021 Parent Guide TBA