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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

The Venture program 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: Mechanical Engineering (Understanding Matter and Energy)

GRADE 2: Chemical Engineering (Understanding Matter and Energy)

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 Materials Form and Function)

GRADE 8: Environmental Engineering (Understanding Matter and Energy)

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 TBA

High Schools

Through the LEAP summer program, 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. LEAP'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 with Acids and Bases

Grade 10 Climate Change: Sustainable Energy Systems 

Grade 11 Chemistry: Atmospheric Gasses with Chemical Reactions

Grade 11 Physics: Electricty and Magnetism 

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

2020 Registration TBA

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!

Special Events and Conferences

Go ENG Girl (Grades 7 to 10)

Go ENG Girl (Grades 7 to 10)

In partnership with ONWiE, McMaster is happy to offer an exciting event where girls between the grades of 7 to 10!

Go CODE Girl (Grades 7 to 10)

Go CODE Girl (Grades 7 to 10)

Go CODE Girl will educate, inspire and equip girls with the digital skills, confidence and resources needed to pursue education in technology, computing and engineering, for girls in grades 7 to 10

Girl Guides Badge Day

Girl Guides Badge Day

Venture is excited to offer Girl Guide Day @ Mac! We will provide a fun day of activities aimed towards achieving the Physics badge!

Eng Overnight: For Grade 11 Girls

Eng Overnight: For Grade 11 Girls

Are you a Grade 11 girl who is interested in attending Engineering at McMaster University? Come visit our campus and get an opportunity to interact with female undergraduate engineering students and see what McMaster Engineering is all about through this overnight experience! During your time at McMaster University, you will be able to experience hands on workshops, campus/residence life and expand your soft skills!

Scholarship for Girls

Scholarship 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

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


InSTEM Conference

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University, in partnership with Actua and Indigenous Student Services, will be a hosting two day overnight 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.

This event is intended for all Indigenous students in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, regardless of proficiency in science or math. Quite simply, it is about having fun and realizing the amazing opportunity that we all have to make a difference. It will teach leadership skills, team-building and of course science and engineering.

In an effort to make this day accessible to everyone, this event is offered to indigenous students free of charge. 

Deadline to Register: TBA (April 2020)

Student Registration

Staff/ Adult Chaperone Registration


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

Free InSTEM Summer Camp

McMaster's Faculty of Engineering and Venture are excited to host the Indigenous Youth Camp at various locations! Indigenous students entering grades 5-8 (in September 2019) will enjoy a FREE week of camp where they will explore science, engineering, computers and technology. From dissections to computer programming, electrical circuits to chemistry, there is something here for everyone! This is a great opportunity to participate in fun hands-on workshops, make new friends and learn what engineering is all about. We hope to see you this summer!

We will be offering our free summer camps at McMaster University in July/August 2020

Week 5: July 27- 31, 2020
Week 6: August 3-7, 2020


1. Complete the fillable Registration Form, save as a PDF and email to

2. Print the Registration Form, complete in ink and send in by one of the following methods: 

    Email - Scan your completed form, save as a PDF and attach to an email to

    Mail - Carm Vespi, 1280 Main St. W. JHE-A201D, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7

3. As a last option please phone our office to register your child at 905.525.9140 Ext. 24906

Summer Camp Locations

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!

Leader in Training Conference

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: Dtrengthen 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

How To Present: Creating a stage presence, catering to various audiences and educating effectively
Mentors shadowing and Q&A session

DEADLINE to apply is March 6th 2020 at noon

Leaders in Training (or LiTs) 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!

If you are a student going into grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in September 2020, you can apply!

DEADLINE to apply is March 6th 2020 at noon

The leadership conference is a mandatory one day event where Leaders in Training receive required training for the summer program. They will learn necessary leadership skills, meet the instructors and participate in fun workshops to gain vital work skills!

Receive the following: 


- Earn High school community volunteering hours

- LiTs are invited to complete 1 month at Venture for extra hours and enhanced skills

- Gain insight into University life by shadowing current engineering students at McMaster University

- Receive a Venture LiT Certificate stating completion of program

- Learn valuable interview skills

- Take part in formal work evaluations that occur periodically during camp to keep up your good work!

 Month 1 Month 2
June 29- July 24, 2020 July 27 August 21, 2020

You can choose month 1 or month 2 or both! 

Thursday June 25, 2020
9:30am- 4:30pm

The leadership conference is a mandatory one day event where Leaders in Training receive required training for the summer program. They will learn necessary leadership skills, meet the instructors and participate in fun workshops to gain vital work skills!

What will you learn at the leadership conference:

- Fundamentals of Leadership

- Conflict Resolution and Decision Making 

- Collaboration and Group Development

- Counselling Techniques and Effective Communication

- Self-Development and Goal Setting

- Resume and Interview Skills

Leadership Conference

Map & Directions

Working Together

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

LEAP 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.

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.