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Community Initiatives & Outreach

Travelling workshops and special conferences

In-School Workshops

McMaster Youth Programs offer free travelling workshops in May & June to schools within the Greater Hamilton area! Each workshop is developed using the Ministry of Education’s guidelines to ensure that it’s geared to what students are learning in school.

Elementary Schools

Venture Academy offers FREE travelling workshops for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Workshops are approximately 1-hour in length and are delivered during the regular class schedule. Developed to aid students in their in-class learning, workshops are made to bring science and engineering to life. Our goal is to open their minds to the idea of applied science in a fun and exciting manner!

Workshop Topics:

KINDERGARTEN: Civil Engineering (Engineering and the Natural World)

GRADE 1: Enviormental Engineering (Understanding Matter and Energy)

GRADE 2: Mechanical Engineering (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms)

GRADE 3: Civil Engineering (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms)

GRADE 4: Engineering Physics (Understanding Matter and Energy)

GRADE 5: Biomedical Engineering (Understanding Life Systems)

GRADE 6: Aerospace Engineering (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms)

GRADE 7: Chemical Engineering (Understanding Matter and Energy)

GRADE 8: Environmental Engineering (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms)

New option this year!

Grade 1-4: Software Engineering (Understanding Technology) *
Grade 5-8:
Software Engineering (Understanding Technology) *
* School Computer Lab or classroom laptop set required

Spring 2020 workshops run from May 11, 2020 to June 9, 2020 

2020 Registration

High Schools

Through Venture Academy, FREE workshops are offered to Academic Level classes in grades 9-11 to encourage high school students to pursue careers and education in STEM fields. Workshops last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and are made to fit into the regular class schedule. Venture Academy's workshops are designed to aid in classroom learning and provide students with an interactive and engaging learning experience.

Workshop Topics: All at an Academic Level (not for applied courses)

Grade 9 Physics: Electricity and Circuits 

Grade 9 Earth & Space Science:  Space Innovation & Design

Grade 10 Chemistry: Chemical Reactions (Enviormental Applications)

Grade 10 Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Systems 

Grade 10 Biology: Functions of the Body Systems

Grade 11 Chemistry: Chemical Reactions (Physical Properties)

Grade 11 Physics: Energy Transformation

Programming Workshops * *requires class set of computers with internet access*

Grade 10 Programing: Web Development

Grade 11 Programing: Cryptography & Cyber Security

Spring 2020 workshops run from May 11, 2020 to June 9, 2020 

2020 Registration 

Girl Only Initiatives

One of our biggest initiatives are girls only events. These events take place during different parts of the year and reach a wide range of ages. All programming is free, and offer a diverse set of challenges and opportunities for girls to experience!

Indigenous Outreach (InSTEM)

March Break Camp

Venture Engineering and Science Programs will be hosting a March Break in Six Nations

During the week of March Break  in 2020 (March 16-20, 2020) Venture will run Science and Engineering Day programs. Sign up for the whole week or a couple days!

The week runs Monday to Friday from 9:30am- 3:30pm 

This year the camp will be hosted at JC Hill 1738 4th Line, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Register now!


InSTEM Conference

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, in partnership with Actua and Indigenous Student Services, will be a hosting full day conference at McMaster University to engage Indigenous adolescents in engineering and science.

The event will feature a wide array of science and engineering based activities. The goal of this conference is to expose youth to the enormous opportunities present in the fields of science and engineering and the tremendous impact that Indigenous youth in particular can have on creating a better future for everyone.



Check out the cool things we'll get to do!

Leaders in Training Program

Leaders in Training (or LiT) assist staff in the classroom or lab and lead their own projects at Venture camp. They use their leadership, enthusiasm, creativity and hard work to create an exciting learning environment for students! Must be entering grades 9-12 in September 2020

Leader in Training participants will be able to explore multifaceted topics revolving around Engineering, Science and Leadership. They will become familiarized with McMaster's campus while participating in workshops on topics including:

What is Engineering? What do Engineers do?

What is a Leader in Training? Why is volunteering important?

Professional development: Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills

Teamwork: Working together, time management and how to give and receive constructive feedback

Rundown on McMaster's STEM programs and post-secondary pathways

DEADLINE to apply is March 13th 2020 at noon

Months to Volunteer

Lit's must choose one month to volunteer. Volunteering is from 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday in the summer.

June 29th to July 24th, 2020

July 27th to August 21, 2020

Summer 2019 Highlights


Canadian companies support youth through STEM initiatives

GM Girls Camp

BlackBerry Camp

Community Initiatives

Our Outreach team is actively involved in various activities around the community in the school year !

Appleby College Summer Opportunity Fair

Appleby College  Summer Opportunity Fair is an evening where students interact with the Outreach team to learn about the summer volunteer and learning experiences. Students are encouraged to ask questions about post-secondary opportunities at McMaster and how to start their learning journey.

BASEF Science Fair

Venture and LEAP put on an hour-long presentation/ show for the participants and visiting schools at the BASEF Science Fair conducted at Mohawk College, with a total of over 1,000 students. A Venture and LEAP camp bursary was also awarded to deserving participants for innovative projects.

Computer Science at Mac

Students from St. Joan of Arc visited McMaster University to learn what University life is like and to expand their knowledge of computer science and deepen their learning of programming. 

Glenforest Xplore STEM Conference

The conference aims to inspire the next generation of students from grade 8 to 12 to pursue Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The McMaster Youth program facilitates educational workshops with hands-on activities to encourage youth to pursue STEM careers

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC)

Venture is partnered with the HRIC and hosts weekly science and engineering workshops and activities for the Akwe:go Program. Indigenous students from grades one to eight work on design challenges and insturctor challenges and insturctor-led activities to put their problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test! 

Homeschooling @ Mac

Each year, Venture hosts 60 homeschooled students from grades three through twelve and leads them through science and engineering based activities.

Metamorphosis Conference

The Metamorphosis Girls STEM Conference was created to support girls at a critical time when they are likely to become disengaged with STEM. The Outreach team attends the conference to promote women within STEM fields and to provide support and encouragement to all attendees.

NYA:WEH Program

Venture Academy works with the NYA:WEH Program at Cathedral Catholic Secondary School to promote STEM through hands-on projects. This partnership works towards inspiring Indigenous high school students to pursue STEM through their classes and post-secondary education.

Take your Kids to Work Day

Every year we welcome grade nine students to McMaster campus to learn about Engineering at McMaster University. Students take part in a hands-on project to foster their interest in engineering and science careers.

TD STEM Girls Club

Girls in grades 4 to 6 have the oppurtunity to participate in a reoccurring club that focuses on all things STEM. It is completely free to participate and is sponsored by TD Canada

YMCA: Beyond the Bell Program

Venture is partnering with the YMCA after school programs to host workshops for students from grades one through eight. Students work on design challenges and instructor-led activities to put their problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test!

YWCA STEM Girls Program

The YWCA Hamilton’s STEM Girls Club meets twice a week and was developed to follow a group of girls over 3 years from Grade 6 to Grade 8 and participate in STEM activities. Venture delivers monthly workshops and hosts the group at McMaster for tours and activities at the end of the year.