Summer Camp

We will be offering Virtual Camps in July and August 2021. See below for details!

NEW: Virtual French Space Explorers now offered!

NOUVEAU : Camp d’été, Explorateurs de l’espace virtuel maintenant offert !

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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.

In collaboration with Space Explorers Camp, the Computer Science department’s Bit by Bit Summer camp will hold morning as well as afternoon computer science related sessions one-two days a week. These sessions will be covering various topics and activities including programming using Python, block-based visual programming such as Scratch, graphic design, web development using HTML and CSS, and/or unplugged computer science activities.

Want to learn more about Bit by Bit? CLICK HERE 

Virtual Camps 2021: Due to COVID-19, we are offering virtual camps in the months of July and August. Virtual camps are offered in both French and English. Camp runs weekly in half-day sessions from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm. 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 2021:

  • Theme 1: Travel to Mars!

What would you pack for a week-long trip to Mars? For Space Explorers campers, it is time to start packing! Spend the week virtually exploring the surface of Mars, visiting rovers like Curiosity and Perseverance, and planning your very own team mission. After attending this week of Space Explorers, campers are sure to be Martian experts! 

  • Theme 2: Exploring the Universe!

All aboard the Space Explorers spaceship! Spend the week flying through our Milkyway galaxy with our expert staff exploring our solar system, blackholes, exoplanets and more! Campers can expect an interactive and unforgettable trip to the furthest corners of our universe with this Space Explorer theme.  

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, Tabetha Sheppard is a science communicator and holds a BSc. in Geology. To know more about our team, click here.

When:

Summer camp will run for 5 weeks in 2021, during the months of July and August.

  • Week 1: July 5-9, 2021 (Theme: Exploring the Universe)
  • Week 2: July 12-16, 2021 (Theme: Travel to Mars)
  • Week 3: July 19-23, 2021 (Theme: Exploring the Universe)
  • Week 4: Aug 2-6, 2021 (Theme: Travel to Mars)
  • Week 5: Aug 9-13, 2021 (Theme: Exploring the Universe)
  • Week 6: Aug 23-27, 2021 (Theme: Travel to Mars)

Virtual Camp times: You can choose either 9 am or 1pm sessions. 3-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.

Camp themes alternate weekly in Mars and Universe sessions, so join us for both!

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

Where:

Virtual Camps: 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:

Virtual Camps: 75$ + tax, per week of half-day sessions.

Registration:

To register, please CLICK HERE!

Attendance:

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.