Free coding e-workshops

Are you searching for a way to engage your students in live synchronous learning? Science North is pleased to offer a series of new e-workshops to engage your students.  Supported by the Government of Canada, this FREE interactive e-workshop is delivered to students using video conferencing technology. With links to the mathematics and science curriculum, your students will learn about coding in a fun and hands-on way, without having to leave the classroom!  

Things to consider when booking an interactive e-workshop: 

  • schools must complete a connection test upon confirmation of booking 

  • maximum of 30 students per session 

  • schools need: a microphone, speakers, a projector, a webcam and a high-speed internet connection  

  • workshops for grade 4-10 also require individual laptops/iPads for each student participant 

  • e-workshops are a single point connection between Science North and one participating school 

Science North is flexible with availability. Once you decide this is something you would be interested in, please contact Tina Leduc at leduc [at] sciencenorth.ca to discuss booking your program. 

Coding in Nature (Grades 1 to 3)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
30 - 40 minutes in duration

Animals such as the honey bee are able to communicate using sequences of steps, similar to what we know in coding as an algorithm. Students will use this workshop to learn how bees communicate and then create their own coding game that gives their own bee a sequence of steps to follow. Students will be able to play this game together and make their own variations that they can play with their family. 

Scratch Dance Party (Grades 4 to 6)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

During this workshop, students will be introduced to Scratch and use its block-based programming language to make an online character dance. A closer look at this session shows a focus on algorithm design and the use of the cartesian plane for the purpose of expressing oneself with dance. 

Intro to Game Design (Grades 7 to 8)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

Using laptops or iPads*, this intro to game design program will give students the fundamental skills required to create a simple game that incorporates movements, scoring and interactions between characters. In learning these skills, students will rely heavily on the cartesian plane, explore positive and negative integers, and be introduced to variable numbers.  By the end of the workshop students will have a functioning game that is unique to their creative ideas. 


Design an App (Grades 9 to 10)

September 8 - December 31, 2020
1 hour in duration

*Students must have a laptop to create the App*

Using block coding, students will be led in creating their very own PPE Checklist APP, useable on Android or iOS. While the Bluecoat leads them through the process, we’ll discuss the importance of personal protective equipment, and go through the basics of app design and how we can use coding to improve our safety in a lab space. 

Interactive e-workshops

Interactive e-workshops are an innovative way to get the Science North experience without leaving the classroom! These 50-minute hands-on workshops are delivered by Bluecoat scientists and will engage your students as they explore various scientific concepts.

All workshops are broadcasted in real-time from Science North’s videoconferencing studio and include a toolkit with the necessary equipment for your students!

Toy Dissection (Gears) - Grade 4

Ever wonder what your favourite toy looks like inside? Give your students the chance to explore all the different components of simple toys; including gears and cranks. Your young engineers take on a variety of roles as they take apart and reassemble our wind-up creatures.

Price: $200 plus HST

Light, Colour, and YOU! - Grades 4 -5 

Learn about the importance of light’s properties for the human visual system. Appreciate why we see colours the way we do.

Price: $200 plus HST

Thinking Like a Computer - Grades 4 - 8

Dive into the digital world of computers and learn how they solve complex problems. Apply these newfound digital skills to create your own algorithm for making a simple circuit. See how these methods can be applied to real-world problems.

Price: $300 plus HST

Creative Circuits - Grades 5 - 6 

Students will use conductive and insulating play dough, batteries, LED’s, buzzers and motors to explore series and parallel electrical circuits. Students will learn how energy is transferred from one system to another and about the different types of energy.

Price: $200 plus HST

It’s a Matter of Chemistry! - Grades 5 - 7

Explore different chemical reactions using substances commonly found around the home, and be amazed by the properties of matter.

Price: $200 plus HST

Innovative Products - Grades 7 - 8

Students will explore “regular” and “innovative” products, and gain an understanding of what makes something innovative. They will learn that many products in our everyday lives are either a solution or a mixture, including but not limited to building materials and clothing.

Price: $175 plus HST

Water We Testing? - Grades 7 - 8

Test various water samples to discover key differences between freshwater and saltwater. Recognize how easily human activities can affect the Earth’s water system.

Price: $225 plus HST

Systems in Action - Grades 8

Build a machine to make it easier to lift things and use scientific instruments to see the reduction of force and calculate mechanical advantage.

Price: $175 plus HST

Please note all e-workshops are charged a flat $20 + HST for shipping.

To book or for more information email eworkshops [at] sciencenorth.ca

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