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SUMMER CAMP “Vancouver Explorers STEM Adventure” – Ages 7 to 12 – Jul 4, 2022 to Jul 8, 2022 – ALL DAY, 8:30am to 4:30pm – Vancouver Studio Pickup/Dropoff
July 5 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:30 am, repeating until July 8, 2022
The Vancouver Explorers Camp is for ages 7-12 and includes daily field trips to leading science, technology, engineering, art and math destinations, in and around Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver area.
Each day, you drop off your child at our Vancouver Studio and they will then taken on a full day science adventure. They will will go on expert led guided tours of exhibits at each location, engage in STEAM based activities, play games (scavenger hunts, curriculum based learning games, etc.) and work on small “on-the-go” makers kit projects.
During the week, your little maker will visit ALL of these locations:
– Vancouver Aquarium
– Science World
– H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (aka Vancouver Planetarium)
– The Greater Vancouver Zoo
– The Maritime Museum
– The Flight Museum
– The Museum of Anthropology
– The Beatty Museum of Biodiversity
Over the course of the week, your little maker will:
LEARN about a wide range of STEAM topics; from dinosaurs to space, maritime history to the roots of human civilization, and much more!
BUILD their own creations, such as 3D dinosaurs, with ‘on the go MiniMakers builders’ kits – all which they get to keep (sometimes the excitement of the day doesn’t allow us to complete the kits but we’ll send them home in a carry bag with instructions for completing them at home).
EXPERIENCE top science attractions in Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver area, guided by experts, participate in some super cool activities.
EXPLORE the world of science across multiple disciplines– from your favorite planets and elements in our solar system to the rich and diverse nature in Stanley Park!
MAKE friends, ENJOY amazing summer experiences and CREATE memories for a lifetime!
Every day will be unique and an opportunity to imagine, be creative and works hands-on to make it the most fun camp ever!
There will also be a vast array of world class science exhibits to see, to inspire a lifelong love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Occasionally we change the agenda due to availability of exhibits, opening and closing times of attractions and other factors beyond our control. We will update the website to reflect these changes. Should a change create a challenge for you or your child, let us know. We will do what we can to accommodate.
– A deep dive into science, where the day will be spent at Science World, exploring amazing exhibits, be taken on science focused guided tours, and end with fun and games.
– Explore the T.Rex traveling exhibit, only 66 million years in the making.
– Guided tour of regular exhibits with science focused context and commentary to help build knowledge and understanding.
– Exhibits from physics, to biology, to chemistry, to energy, to insects – we will cover it all over the course of the day
– Build 3D model of a T-Rex to better understand these unique creatures.
– A virtual trip into Outer Space with a guided tour of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, including the Vancouver Planetarium. They will check out some awesome space exhibits, attend a solar system show at the Planetarium, and much more!
– Actually see a moon rock brought back during the Apollo missions. There are only 5 in the world, available to the public – This is one of those 5! How cool is that!
– Attend a guided tour of the planetarium where they will learn about our solar system and universe in a fun and exciting setting that is out of this world.
– Pilot a mock mars rover that is deployed on real life science missions
– Energize their curious minds with knowledge of Astro-science and space exploration, and understanding of how astronauts live, in space..
– Go on a historical exploration of adventures and missions at sea, with a guided tour of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
– Explore one of the world’s great Arctic explorer vessels, the St. Roch, the first vessel to
cross the Northwest Passage in 1940-1942 and circumnavigate North America..
– Visit the heritage harbor where they will be educated on the importance of sustainable use of the oceans, in an interactive and engaging way.
– Build a wind generator that demonstrates the power of wind and motion that they get to bring home. A fun toy to remind them about caring for oceans.
– An excursion to the valley, where the day begins at the *Greater Vancouver Zoo with a guided experience, where we delve into biology, and explore the natural world. This includes learning about animals, their habitats, environments and behaviors
– Lions, tigers and bears – Oh my! The GVZ has a diverse range of animals from various regions around the world which, which we will take a closer look at during the visit
– Active learning and discussions around adaptation, survival, food chains and much more – all in context of the animals they are observing
– Journey back in time to on a Mesozoic Adventure, where animatronic dinosaurs come to life and concepts of extinction are discussed
– Activities with zookeepers and planned adventures across the zoo.
– Then we will take off to the Museum of Flight in Langley to learn about aerodynamics, lift, drag and everything one needs to know to get off the ground.
– Explore a wide range of air planes including the famous Avro, the Lockheed Starfighter
and the Waco AQC-6
– Hear exciting tales and learn about flight directly from pilots, and the opportunity to see how real planes function
– Build a motorized airplane model (does not fly but does move across the ground) and
race your fellow makers.
*We spend a bit longer in the vehicle this day. Let us know if there is anything we can do to ensure your child has a comfortable experience while traveling to Langley.
– This day of the camp begins with a look into our heritage as a species, at the *Museum of Anthropology at UBC.
– They will then move on to exploring the roots of our collective civilization and how societies, cultures and innovation have all influenced one another
– Immerse themselves and glean an understanding of the local heritage and culture of First Nations people in BC
– Interpretation of art and guided education of craftsmanship of essential items throughout human history.
– The day finishes at the Beatty Museum of Biodiversity, Vancouver’s Natural History Museum is where we explore over 500 exhibits including fossils, shells, insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants.
– See also the Museums show piece exhibit, the Blue Whale skeleton. The Blue Whale is the worlds largest animal.
– Expert led discussions on biomechanics, extinction, natural disasters and planetary physics
– Build a model of a Brachiosaurus.
*Currently the Museum of Anthropology requires masks for visitors. As well, there is a strict no food or drink policy while inside the museum. We are happy to make accommodations if necessary.
– Expedition to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, to explore our natural world and its creatures, both above and below the water!
– A detailed and guided visit of the exhibits at the Vancouver Aquarium, to take a deep dive that will teach them about some elements of biology and wildlife behavior.
– Explore BC’s Wild Coast and learn all about the marine diversity of BC.
– Step into the Amazon Rainforest where bats, snakes and monkeys await you.
– Next head to the Tropics where colourful tropical fishes and a green sea turtle that swims with the sharks.
– Develop an understanding of conservation and pollution that is impacting our oceans, and what that means in the context of our daily lives
– Watch a show in the 4D movie theatre featuring marine life.
– Enjoy a ride on the Urban Forest Train and learn about the nature living in the park and beyond
– Fun and games all over the park (weather dependent) including building your own working bubble machine.
Drop off time: 8:30 – 9:00am
Pick up time: 4:30pm
Price/Spots available: $529 per week, per student – max 5 students per week
What your child needs to bring with them each day:
– Water bottle
– Lunch and snacks (nut free – following “school rules”)
– Backpack for personal items
– Sunscreen, hat and attire for the elements
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. I have multiple children, does MiniMakers offer sibling discounts?
A. Certainly! We provide 20% off the price for second siblings, 30% off for the third, 40% off for the fourth and so on. We appreciate that keeping your children together over summer is important for many families and we offer sibling discounts when signing up multiple makers. To ensure you get your spot in the camp, we suggest booking through the website and then contact us for applying the credit back. Alternatively, you can book with us over the phone and we can reflect the discount in real time.
Q. What is the ratio of instructors to students?
A. Since this is an offsite exploration, the maximum ratio is 1 instructor to 3 students since we believe in strong and personal connections with your Maker. We also view safety as our top priority and 1 to 3 offers an appropriate level of supervision.
Q. What is included with the camp tuition?
A. Everything! Except lunches and snacks. Please ensure your little maker brings enough food for the day, just like they do for school. Everything else is included, from admission to activities and supplies, all included in the camp tuition.
Q. Will there be MiniMakers tools used in this explorers camp?
A. The Explorers camp is outside of our equipped studios and only STEM building kits will be brought offsite (which includes everything needed for assembly). Child safe tools will not be used offsite and if your maker is interested in building their own creations, please register for a studio camp session.
Q. Will I receive photos of my child during the camp?
A. No. Currently we do not offer professional photography. However, if you wish to have ‘snapshots’ or candid’s taken during the day let your instructors know prior to departure, and if possible they would be happy to accommodate.