Faculty of Science Summer Camps


Are you stoked about science? Get ready - science summer camps are back!

The Faculty of Science has partnered with content experts in the Department of Computing Science, the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET), the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), the Department of Biological Sciences and the University of Alberta Dino Lab to bring you another jam-packed summer full of exciting opportunities for learning and discovery.

We are home to some of the best scientific minds and materials on the planet, so campers will be learning from leading scientists and researchers, with access to world-class research labs, museums, and specimens.

It's a summer science experience you won't want to miss!



2015 Science Summer Camp Offerings

 Full Day Camps

Half Day Camps 

 Other Science Programs


Full Day

Ages 7-9

Jr. Space Explorers

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) invites kids ages 7-9 into this immersive program where they will be introduced to the exciting field of space science. Junior space scientists can learn more about space exploration and astronomy, and continue in the advanced level camps next summer. A great way to launch!
  • July 6-10, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)
  • July 13-17, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)
  • July 27-31, Price: $275

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Designing with Computers *New age group*

Designing with Computers

A girls-only camp! Explore technology using computers to design, create and animate. Learn how to design animated movies and create interactive stories and games. Have fun solving puzzles and experience the diverse world of computing.

  • July 6-10, Price: $275
  • July 20-24, Price: $275

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SciKids *NEW* (Full)

Calling all future scientists! Each day you will explore different science topics and learn how science shapes the world around us. Campers will participate in cool experiments, visit labs and museums, and interact with real scientists. Learn about genetics, chemistry, cryptography, botany, physics, and much more in this introductory science camp.

*Camp will not take place on the holiday Wednesday July 1, 2015. Special pricing applies.

  • June 29-July 3rd*, Price: $220 (Full, waiting list available)
  • August 10-14, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)

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Ages 10-12

Space Explorers

Space Explorers

In partnership with the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET), explore space science concepts through activities in astronomy and telescopes, hands-on rocketry, meteorites and impacts, galaxy formation, space weather, astronaut safety, spacecraft flight, robotics, and space program teamwork coordination.

*Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • July 13-17, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)
  • July 27-31, Price: $275
  • August 4-7*, Price: $220

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Dino Discoveries *NEW!*

Did you know that Alberta is home to some of the richest deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world? Explore the world of paleontology and dinosaurs with the University of Alberta’s world-famous paleontologists. Build your own fossils, learn about fossil preservation and excavation, and visit the Faculty of Science’s exclusive fossil collections.

  • July 6-10, Price: $275
  • July 20-24, Price: $275

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Ages 10-14

Computing Science Introduction (Full)


Interested in animation or creating graphics, games and movies? You can do it all with the wide variety of activities in this camp. Learn how to make animated movies and interactive games on the computer that you can share with others. Discover the world of web design and see robots in action. Make some new friends and get a taste of the diverse world of computing!

  • July 13-17, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)
  • July 27-31, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available)

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Minecrafters *NEW!* (Full)


Anything you imagine, you can build! Minecraft newbies and experts alike will learn about experimenting with circuits, computing science, quantum mechanics, farming, and pixel art. Campers will work together to solve challenges and build their own world within Minecraft.

*Camp will not take place on the holiday Wednesday July 1, 2015. Special pricing applies.

**Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • June 29-July 3rd*, Price: $220 (Full, waiting list available) 
  • Aug 4-7**, Price: $220 (Full, waiting list (available)
  • August 10-14, Price: $275 (Full, waiting list available) 

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Ages 12-14

Riveting Robotics


Program a robot and learn how to control your robot's sense of touch, vision, movement and hearing. Teams will work together to accomplish challenges that will test their use of logic and creativity.

*Camp will not take place on the holiday Wednesday July 1, 2015. Special pricing applies.
**Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • June 29-July 3rd*, Price: $220
  • August 10-14, Price: $275

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Intro to Gaming

Intro to Games

Design and build your very own video game, and learn how to use programming tools such as Scratch, Tynker, and Kodu. You will create artwork, design characters, program their behaviour, and take away a game you can play at home!

  • July 6-10, Price: $275
  • July 20-24, Price: $275

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Ages 13-15

Space Challengers

Space Challengers

Get up close with meteorites from the University's collection, build interactive robots, simulate working at mission control, and design and launch your own model rockets. In partnership with the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET), Space Challengers will receive an engaging and authentic high-tech experience in space science through opportunities in hands-on exploration, discovery, and critical thinking.

*Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • Aug 4-7*, Price: $220

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Ages 15-17

Game Design Workshop

Game Design

Interested in designing interactive computer games? Then this is the camp for you! You will design and create interactive stories on the computer using ScriptEase II. This student-friendly language allows those with limited or no programming experience to create games that can be played as adventures in the Neverwinter Nights game system.

  • July 13-17, Price: $275

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New for 2015: Half day camps

This year the Faculty of Science is excited to offer half-day science camps. Half day camps will be offered with special pricing, and allow flexibility for registrants.

The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation also offers half-day camps that pair well with our schedule. Please see their website at summercamps.ualberta.ca to view their 2015 half-day camp offerings. If your child is attending a Physical Education and Recreation camp for half of the day and a Science camp for the other half, we will work together to ensure your camper safely makes his/her way from one camp to the next throughout the week.

Hours for Half Day Camps:
Morning Half Day: 830am - 12pm 
Afternoon Half Day: 1230pm - 4pm

For Morning camps, campers must be at the Computing Science Centre by 8:20am. These camps will end at 12:00pm. If the camper is not attending another Science camp or another Physical Education and Recreation camp then they must be picked up by 12:20pm. If they are signed up for a Physical Education and Recreation camp then they will be escorted to the Physical Education and Recreation sign in centre for their next camp. They will then need to be signed out with Physical Education and Recreation camps.

For Afternoon camps, campers must be at the Computing Science Center by 12:20pm. These camp will end at 4:00pm. The camper must be picked up before 5:00pm at the Computing Science Centre.

Ages 6-8

Cyber Kids


Grapple with technological challenges while learning computing fundamentals through problem solving activities, animation, video game creation and programming basics.

*Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • July 20-24 (Afternoon), Price: $150
  • August 4-7* (Morning), Price: $120

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Mini Minecrafters (Full)

Mini Minecrafters

Building is fun! Learn the basics of Minecraft on the computer and work as a team to build your own world and complete fun team building challenges.

*Special pricing applies (short week due to a holiday)

  • July 27-31 (Afternoon), Price: $150 (Full, waiting list available)
  • August 4-7* (Afternoon), Price: $120 (Full, waiting list available) 

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Ages 9-11

SciKids*

SciKids

Sample all kinds of different areas of science in this fun, hands-on camp. Learn about a different area of science each day and find your scientific passion performing experiments and observing lab demos.

*Also offered as a full day option

  • July 27-31 (Morning), Price: $150

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Dino Discoveries*


Did you know that Alberta is home to some of the richest deposits of dinosaur fossils in the world? Explore the world of paleontology and dinosaurs with the University of Alberta’s world-famous paleontologists. Identify dinosaurs, examine fossils, build your own dinosaur bones, and chip away material to solve dino mysteries.

*Also offered as a full day option

  • July 20-24 (Morning), Price: $150

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