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Workshops for Schools and Community Groups

Our hands-on workshops complement your regular classroom instruction and directly support the learning expectations of the Ontario Elementary Curriculum. While we typically offer our workshops for grades 3 to 8, we can adapt them to cater to grades 9 to 12, or create a custom program based on the unit of study.

Choose between our In-School Science Workshops and Digital Literacy Workshops. Custom STEM programming options are also available. Continue reading for more information about workshop offerings.

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Our Hands-On Approach

Our high-energy and interactive workshops use a hands-on, discovery-based approach to learning. Students work in teams through guided projects and experiments to gain an understanding of abstract STEM concepts. Our instructors also share related scientific research taking place at York University and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to the students’ day-to-day lives.

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Our Instructors

Our team consists of enthusiastic undergraduate science and engineering student instructors. They have an infectious passion for STEM, magnetic personalities, and a genuine desire to inspire youth. In addition to STEM subject mater expertise, our instructors have extensive training in pedagogy, best practices in teaching and instruction, effective classroom management and conflict resolution. They also have training in community building, diversity, and inclusion. Our team reflects the diversity of today’s GTA classrooms – meaning they make for great role models for your students!

How to Request a Workshop

  1. To request a workshop, please submit an application online. If you have any questions, please email us at
  2. Workshops are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Your booking is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.

Workshops Offered

Choose from any one of our curriculum related workshops below, spanning across all strands in the Ontario Elementary Curriculum.

  • Time: Each workshop is 1 to 2 hours in length, depending on the duration of your class.
  • Class Sizes: Each workshop typically accommodates up to 30 students.

In-School Science Workshops

Bring STEM to life in your classroom!

At Science Engagement Programs, our objectives align directly with yours! Our In-School workshops are designed to excite youth about STEM and ignite a genuine passion for learning. Each of our hands-on workshops complement your regular classroom instruction and directly support the learning expectations of the Ontario Elementary Curriculum:

  • STEM Skills and and Connections
  • Life Systems
  • Matter and Energy
  • Structures and Mechanisms
  • Earth and Space Systems

Grade Level: Grades 3 to 8

Pricing: $250.00 per workshop. See brochure for more details.

Dates: October-March: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays; May-June: Monday to Friday

CanCode Digital Literacy Workshop

The CanCode Digital Literacy workshop program is an initiative in partnership with the Government of Canada and Actua.

Grade Level: Grades 3 to 12

Pricing: $250.00 per workshop, see brochure for more details. Subsidies available for schools and community groups who serve all-girl, gender diverse, or Black youth.

Dates: October-March: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays; May-June: Monday to Friday

With funding from Canada, Government of Canada
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Custom STEM Programming Options

Interested in a specific topic in STEM not listed? We offer custom STEM programming options for elementary and high school, with options such as:

  • Organizing a campus visit as a consolidation activity for your unit, with a campus tour, a related research presentation by a university Faculty member, and a hands-on workshop.
  • A full day of theme-specific activities, such as Mini-Med School, Mini-Engineering, CSI: Camp Scene Investigation, Space Science, and more.
  • Other activities of interest to your students.