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Travelling workshops and special conferences

In-School Virtual Workshops

Venture Academy is back again (for our 30th year!) with another exciting fleet of workshops to choose from for your school! Due to current times, we have transitioned our travelling workshops to be delivered virtually. The workshops are still delivered free of charge to schools, and have been created by engineering students. All workshops are delivered as pre-recorded videos that have the flexibility to be completed in a virtual or in-person classroom setting. All of the workshops have been created to require minimal materials, as outlined in the video descriptions, and are complete video tutorials with no additional teaching resources required by teachers.

Grades K-8

Grades K-8

Elementary Schools

Venture Academy is back again (for our 30th year!) with another exciting fleet of workshops to choose from for your school! Due to current times, we have transitioned our travelling workshops to be delivered virtually. The workshops are still delivered free of charge to schools, and have been created by engineering students.

Workshop Topics:
Given the circumstances, project materials will need to be acquired by all participants; either the individual students or classroom teacher. The required materials for all activities are loosely described in the pre-recorded video descriptions to encourage creativity in the different materials of construction, and to ensure all students are able to participate because flexibility and accessibility is a priority in all of our project creation. When designing our workshop projects we ensured that the required materials are “common household items” that are cost effective and easily accessible. 

Kindergarten: Civil Engineering & Problem Solving (Engineering and the Natural World)

Students will learn about valuable engineering and problem solving principles, such as understanding structure and stability, through an age appropriate narrative based lesson and guided project about Civil Engineering.

Grade 1: Environmental Engineering (Energy In Our Lives)

Students will learn about valuable engineering and sustainability principles, such as wind turbines and renewable energy production, through an age appropriate narrative based lesson and guided project about Environmental Engineering.

Grade 2: Mechanical Engineering (Understanding Movement)

Students will be introduced to the concepts of forces and energy, in dynamic systems, to understand simple machines and mechanisms through a narrative-based lesson and guided project about Mechanical Engineering.

Grade 3: Civil Engineering (Strong and Stable Structures)

Students will explore strong and stable structures as well as principles used by engineers to create the world around us. Participants will be able to apply their newfound knowledge of how strong and stable structures can withstand forces in real life!

Grade 4: Engineering Physics (Understanding Matter and Energy)

Students will learn about matter and energy, with an emphasis on sound energy and its applications in music, through a guided lesson and engaging hands-on project about Engineering Physics.

 Grade 5: Biomedical Engineering (Understanding Life Systems) 

Students will learn about life systems with an emphasis on integrated applications in human health, such as prosthetics, through  a guided lesson and hands-on project about Biomedical Engineering.

 Grade 6: Aerospace Engineering (Understanding Flight)

Students will learn about the concepts of forces and fluid dynamics which are necessary to achieve flight in aircraft systems through a guided lesson and hands-on project about Aerospace Engineering.

Grade 7: Chemical Engineering (Pure Substances and Mixtures)

Students will learn about pure substances and mixtures as well as their applications through a guided lesson and hands-on project about Chemical Engineering. Participants will gain experience with the scientific process through an interactive chemistry experiment!

 Grade 8: Mechanical Engineering (Systems in Action)

Students will learn all about the engineering design process while applying their new knowledge of interacting mechanical systems through a guided lesson and hands-on project about Mechanical Engineering.

Please ensure each teacher who would like to participate in our virtual workshop registers indviually below: 

Elementary Class Registration

Letter to School

Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12

High Schools

Venture Academy, previously known as LEAP Academy, is back again (for our 30th year!) with another exciting fleet of workshops to choose from for your school! Due to current times, we have transitioned our travelling workshops to be delivered virtually. The workshops are still delivered free of charge to schools, and have been created by engineering students.

Workshop Topic Descriptions

Venture Academy values the development of meaningful digital literacy skills and as a result, all of the high school workshops require each student to have a computer or laptop with internet access. Completed code, helpful resources and any required links will be provided in the pre-recorded video description to assist with project completion. Additionally, there are no required software downloads, all of the necessary resources are free and available online.

Grade 9 Physics: Electrical Engineering (The Characteristics of Electricity)

Students will learn about electrical power generation, transportation and renewable energy, including the involvement of thermodynamics in power generation through a guided lesson and project about Electrical Engineering.

Grade 9 Biology: Environmental Engineering (Sustainable Ecosystems)

Students will integrate biological concepts with technology and innovation to demonstrate the integration between science and engineering. This project is sure to extend on your knowledge of biological systems and open your eyes to new and exciting opportunities in Environmental Engineering.

Grade 10 Physics: Electrical & Materials Engineering (Light & Semiconductor Physics)

Students will explore Materials Engineering in this engaging lesson through the concepts of semiconductors that create devices like solar panels. In this guided project, students apply their knowledge of Electrical Engineering to create a practical circuit that relies on the sun’s light to function.

Grade 10 Biology: Biomedical Engineering (Tissues, Organs & Systems of Living Things)

Students will have the exciting opportunity to use technology to apply their knowledge of the cell cycle. Basic coding skills will be developed while completing the project, providing students with familiarity in writing code while combining elements of biology as well as the importance of using technology to portray their ideas.

Grade 11 Physics: Electrical Engineering (Electricity, Energy & Power Generation)

Students will learn about transportation and renewable energy in electrical power generation through a guided lesson and integrated circuit design that is valuable to our daily use of electronics and exposes students to Electrical Engineering concepts.

Grade 11 Biology: Biomedical Engineering (Scientific Investigation Skills & Career Exploration)

Students will get the chance to develop their own electrical engineering project by building and simulating a biomedical device online through a guided lesson and project. Students will gain an appreciation for the workings of body systems, such as the integumentary system and will help expose students to the fields of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

Grade 12 Physics: Electrical Engineering (Wave Nature of Light)

Students will learn about the applications of light in electronics, including their use in sensors and the importance of the electromagnetic spectrum through a guided lesson and an integrated circuit/programming project about Electrical Engineering. Basic coding skills will be developed through this exciting project.

Grade 12 Biology: Biomedical Engineering (Molecular Genetics)

Students will learn about the exciting field of bioinformatics, and the intersection of science and engineering as we apply core curriculum concepts with code. Students will learn the basics of Python programming (functions, variables, conditionals, loops) while applying them to valuable Biology concepts through a guided lesson and project.

Grade 10-12 Computer Science: Software Engineering (Programming Skills & Topics in Computer Science)

Students will continue to develop programming skills and learn about cryptography, cybersecurity and public key encryption through a guided lesson and project. This involves programming principles and decryption relating to secure internet communication in Software Engineering.

Please ensure each teacher who would like to participate in our virtual workshop registers indviually below: 

High School Class Registration 

Letter to School

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 2021 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

Registration TBA

 

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.

 

Agenda

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 12th 2021 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 28 to July 23, 2021

July 26 to August 20, 2021

Summer Highlights

Partnerships

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!