Summer Camp

PLEASE NOTE: Western has suspended in-person summer camps. Click here for details.

We will be offering FREE Virtual Camps in July and August. See below for details!

What:

The Space Explorers Program’s summer camp is a 1-week camp for children in Grade 4/5/6. At the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space), we aim to empower children with the basic knowledge and workings of the many branches of planetary sciences. Campers will engage weekly in hands-on activities, daily projects, and demonstrations highlighting space focused issues in the fields of astronomy, biology, engineering, geography, and geology.

Due to COVID-19, we are offering virtual camp in the months of July and August. Camp runs weekly for one hour each day. All sessions are live and guided by our Instructors, with the support of Counselors. On Monday, Instructors will start with a brief introduction, set goals and expectations, and do Icebreakers so that participants can get to know each other. The remaining time will be for engaging in Space STEM activities and Q&A.

Campers will be provided with (optional, but fun) additional supplementary activities that can be conducted at home with mostly household materials. Time will be allowed for troubleshooting any problems or answering any questions that may be encountered during the week of activities.

We will be offering two distinct themes in 2020:

  • Theme 1: Mars!
  • Theme 2: Universe!

If your child is interested in the search for life beyond Earth, robotics, astronomy, or simply the thrill of exploration, this camp is a perfect outlet for their curiosity and creativity!

Who:

The camps are run by the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space), a leading organization for planetary science and exploration research and training in Canada. The Camp Coordinator, Dr. Parshati Patel, has a PhD in astronomy and planetary science. To know more about our team, click here.

When:

Summer camp will run for 4 weeks in 2020, during the months of July and August.

Camp times: You can chose either 10 am or 2pm sessions. 1 hour slots, please choose ONLY one time slot for the week. Both daily time slots will offer the same content in order to make our program accessible to different time zones. The content for both weeks in July are the same and the content for both weeks in August are the same as well.

  • Week 1: July 20-24, 2020 (Theme: Mars)
  • Week 2: July 27-31, 2020 (Theme: Mars)
  • Week 3: Aug 10-14, 2020 (Theme: Universe)
  • Week 4: Aug 17-21, 2020 (Theme: Universe)

Camp themes are different between July and August sessions, so join us for both!

Camp details will be emailed to the registered email address Friday before the camp start date.

Where:

The Space Explorers Program will be using an online software, Zoom, to deliver the virtual programming. In using this software and as a part of this experience, webcams and microphones may be used to support your child(ren)s experience.

For more information on how the virtual camp will operate, check our FAQ page

Cost: FREE!

First come first serve! If the sessions are full, there will be a waiting list!

Registration:

To register, please CLICK HERE!

Attendance:

Space Explorers Virtual Program is free and registration is set up on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have registered for a camp session and need to cancel or make changes to the selected time, please contact spaceexplorers@uwo.ca ASAP prior to the program start date, as there will be a waiting list for full sessions and this will allow other campers to have the opportunity to attend. 

If you know in advance that your child will be absent from camp, we ask that you contact us at spaceexplorers@uwo.ca or call (519) 661-2111 ext 88508.

Disclaimer: 

The Space Explorers Program will be using an online software, Zoom, to deliver the virtual programming. In using this software and as a part of this experience, webcams and microphones may be used to support your child(ren)s experience. Please ensure that the environment surrounding your child, that may appear on camera during the session, is free from: nudity, violent content, inappropriate language/visuals and major distractions. Please be aware that any violations of the environment policy will result in immediate disconnection from the session and possible expulsion if necessary or repeated.  

Code of Conduct: 

Abuse, whether visual or verbal, towards the instructors, counselors, fellow campers or others will not be tolerated. This will result in a call to the parent or guardian and in the immediate removal of the child from the camp session.  

While instruction is being given, there should be no unnecessary disruptions (verbal or visual). In the virtual setting, if there is a question, the “Raise Hand” function can be used to alert the instructor to the question. In order to hear from each camper and to answer all questions, campers must take turns and be respectful of each other when participating.