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Venture Grades K-8

Venture is a summer camp that brings the excitement of engineering to life. Our curriculum develops problem solving skills and engages kids through experiments, hands-on projects, and fun, education-based activities. Our male and female instructors are role models as people, engineers and as scientists. Our diverse group breaks down stereotypes and shows students that anyone who is passionate about engineering, science and technology can pursue it. We know it is critical to develop students’ interest in science early on and to keep them interested. Venture’s curriculum does just that.  

About us

Why Venture?

Venture Camp offers interesting hands-on projects that integrate engineering and science technologies in an educational and entertaining manner.

 Our qualified Undergraduate Engineering Instructors make engineering and science concepts easy to understand, fun and encourage the joy of learning with experimenting. They are committed to Ventures' objectives, are enthusiastic about the program, and enjoy the opportunity to encourage future university engineering students.

Venture Camp has access to a wide range of McMaster’s top resources – including a planetarium, nuclear reactor, specially-equipped labs, and recreational facilities such as an Olympic size pool.

History

This is Venture's 28th year!

Venture Camp 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.

Over Venture’s 27 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 in 2010, and Diamond Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,  2016 and 2017 for the best overall summer camp in Hamilton.

Fall & Winter Programs

We provide day long events for students going into grades 1-8 on Saturday's in October, November, January and February! Check out the programs we provide!

DateProgramFee 
Saturday November 3, 2018Codemakers (gr 5-8)$85
Saturday November 17, 2018Eng Experience (gr 1-4)$85
Saturday November 17, 2018Eng Experience (gr 5-8)$85
Saturday January 12, 2019Eng Expereince (gr 1-4)$85
Saturday January 12, 2019Eng Expereince (gr 5-6)$85
Saturday January 19, 2019Codemakers (gr 5-8)$85
Saturday February 9, 2019Robot Experience (gr 5-8)$85

Engineering Experience Days

Codemakers Days

Summer Programs

Registration for 2019 will open in the new year. Below are the programs offered during the 2019 summer of the Venture Summer program! Please note: Curriculum repeats itself each week for each camp

Engineering & Science (gr. k-8)

Engineering & Science (gr. k-8)

Engineering and Science brings the hands-on STEM experience to another level, from dissections to performing chemistry experiments, the laboratory will become a second home. Gain a core understanding of what it takes to be involved in a STEM field while being motivated to think outside the box. This program is beneficial for anyone with an interest in STEM.

Computers & Technology (gr. 3-8)

Computers & Technology (gr. 3-8)

Technology is everywhere! Become fully immersed in the world of mechatronics, software and electrical engineering, where students are encouraged to use their minds to build their own electronics. The future is computers and technology, students with this interest are thinking well ahead!

Yes She Can! (gr. 6-8)

Yes She Can! (gr. 6-8)

Yes SHE Can! is an ALL female summer program that allows girls to explore their interests in Science, Engineering, and Technology! With Yes SHE Can! girls are empowered by Female Leaders and Mentors from McMaster University who provide them with the confidence to explore what it really takes to be in the disciplines of science and engineering.

Codemakers (gr. 5-8)

Codemakers (gr. 5-8)

Utilizing dynamic computing skills, Codemakers allows youth to get involved at every level of innovation. From coding and hacking to hands on computer tear-downs, Codemakers will demonstrate what it takes to make our everyday devices tick.

Summer Fees & Dates

Session Dates

Week 1*

July 2 – 5, 2019

Week 2

July 8 – 12, 2019

Week 3

July 15 – 19, 2019

Week 4

July 22 – 26, 2019

Week 5

July 29 – August 2, 2019

Week 6*

August 6– 9, 2019

Week 7

August 12 – 16, 2019

Week 8

August 19 – 23, 2019

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 upon request

Fees

Program

Regular Week Fee

Holiday Week Fee

Engineering & Science

$290

$270

Computers & Technology

$290

$270

Yes SHE Can!

$290

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Codemakers

$290

$270

Total Experience (Two of the above)

$20 discount

No additional discount (only for two full weeks- not applicatble for holiday weeks)

Please note that the Total Experience Discount only applies when selecting two regular camp weeks. It does not apply when selecting one regular week and one holiday week.

Check out our Parent Guide to camp!

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

Busing is offered from Burlington (2 stops), Oakville (1 stop), Mississauga (1 stop) and Stoney Creek (3 stops).

Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville & Stoney Creek 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 STOP

COST PER WEEK

PICK UP

DROP OFF

Mississauga Bus (1 stop): 
John Fraser Secondary School 
2665 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5M 5H6
$757:35 a.m.4:50 p.m.
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*
$757:50 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Burlington Bus. (2 stops): 
 Stop 1: Mainway Recreation Centre 
4015 Mainway (The corner of Mainway and Walkers Line)
$758:05 a.m.4:20 p.m.

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

$758:20 a.m.4:15 p.m.
NEW! Stoney Creek Bus (2 Stops): WEEK 2 & 5 ONLY
Stop 1: St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School
1361 Barton St, Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5L1
$758:00a.m.4:45 p.m.
NEW! Stoney Creek Bus: WEEK 2 & 5 ONLY
Stop 2: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School
298 Hamilton Regional Rd 8, Stoney Creek, ON, L8G 1E6
$758:15 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Scholarships for Girls

McMaster University is dedicated to inspiring young women to change our world by pursuing the field of engineering and is therefore constantly working to increase female enrolment. Through our Girls Clubs, and events like Go Eng Girl, Go CODE Girl and our Venture programming, our female faculty, undergraduate and graduate instructors aim to introduce girls to their potential. Our Instructors’ goal is to show you how collaborative and creative engineering can be and that we really can change the world, one girl at a time.

Please note: Online registrations will not accept scholarship requests. Please do not register your child online if you are applying for a scholarship. - We cannot do refunds

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. (noon). 

Eligibility Requirements:

Girls entering grades 6, 7, and 8 in September 2019: who have a keen interest in learning how things work, and how engineering and science affect  your everyday life.

Have not recieved a Venture scholarship in the past

Term of Scholarship:

Week 1: July 2 to July 5, 2019  Engineering and Science

Value of Scholarship:

Full scholarship to attend Week 1 of camp, valued at $270.00.

We want to encourage girls to pursue engineering and science related courses in high school. A week at Venture might make you realize you want to become an engineer and make a difference.

 Visit the  Scholarships  page to apply!