Online Summer Camps
*New Quantum Computing Camps Added!
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What Are Geering Up Camps All About?
Geering Up camps are all about making Science, Technology and Engineering hands on and exciting. Each day is a dynamic mix of hands on activities, demonstrations, mentors, and design challenges.
How Do Online Camps Work?
Online camps will run Monday to Friday of each week (excluding statutory holidays) from June 29th to September 4th. Each day of camp will be a live 2-hour session led by 2 undergraduate students who will guide participants through a lesson, activity, and community time. In addition, participants will receive an optional home project that will encourage them to apply the skills learned that day in an individual setting.
To deliver interactive online camps this summer, Geering Up will use UBC’s online video conferencing tool, Zoom. On the Wednesday the week before camp begins, you will receive an email that includes a personalized link to access the online platform. Additionally, 1 week before the program we will be sending out boxes of materials that will be required to participate*
*Coding based camps do not need supplies outside of a laptop/computer and won’t be sent a box of materials
**Please note that the 1 week period for mailing is normally sufficient, but we unfortunately cannot guarantee that it will arrive before Monday. The costs for this materials box is included in the tuition charged, but those residing outside of BC that require extra shipping charges will need to pay for the remaining shipping costs.
Because we’re in this together!
Our goal is to ensure every kid can keep exploring science and engineering. We’re proud to offer a streamlined bursary program with fast approvals (please note that we will process applications based on the start date of the camp). To apply please visit our bursary page. Additionally, we’re proud to offer a laptop loan program in the Vancouver area for those who require a laptop to participate in our programs. To apply, please click this link.
Want to help? Pay it forward Bursary Program: We need your help funding our bursary program. Geering Up operates as a non-profit and donations to Geering Up made through the University are tax deductible. Together we can make sure that every kid has the opportunity to keep learning!
“They really enjoyed coding on the computer, and making the physical card game. They even made a new friend!” – Parent, Gr 4 Participant
What Types Of Camps Do We Offer?
Join this camp if… you have a passion for learning and exploring and want to investigate the interconnectedness of the fields of STEM.
Join this camp if… you are a problem-solver who is ready to build creative solutions and not afraid to get your hands dirty!
Join this camp if… you want to unleash your creative side through original engineering projects and are ready to combine the worlds of art and science!
Computers & Me
Intro to Python
Grade 5-7; 8-12
Intro to Quantum Computing
|1||STEM Explorations||$116-$145||1, 2, 3, 7, 9||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|1||Maker||$116-$145||3, 4*, 5, 6, 8, 9*, 10||10am - Noon (Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Week 9)
|2-3||STEM Explorations||$116-$145||1, 2, 5, 7*, 8, 10||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|2-3||Maker||$116-$145||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|2-3||STEAM||$116-$145||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|3-4||Computers and Me||$116-$145||1, 4*, 6, 9,||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|3-4||Creative Coders||$116-$145||1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||10am - Noon (Weeks 8, 10)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
|4-5||STEM Explorations||$116-$145||2, 3, 4, 5, 9||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|4-5||Maker||$116-$145||2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10||10am - Noon (Week 7)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
|4-5||STEAM||$116-$145||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9||10am - Noon (Week 1)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
|5-6||Intro to Python||$140-$175||3, 4*, 7*, 8, 10||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|5-7||Creative Coders||$116-$145||1*, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|6-7||STEAM||$116-$145||1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|7||Intro to Python||$140-$175||1, 2, 5, 6, 9||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|6-7||Intro to Quantum Computing||$145||7||10:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|8-9||Intro to Quantum Computing Jr.||$175||4, 9||10:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|10-12||Intro to Quantum Computing Sr.||$175||5||10:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|8-9||Intro to Python Jr.||$140-$175||5, 10||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|10-12||Intro to Python Sr.||$140-$175||1, 7||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|8-9||Biomedical Engineering Jr.||$140-$175||3, 8||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|10-12||Biomedical Engineering Sr.||$140-$175||2, 4*, 6, 9||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
|8-9||Integrated Engineering Jr.||$140-$175||2, 4*, 6, 9||10am - Noon (All Available Weeks)|
|10-12||Integrated Engineering Sr.||$140-$175||3, 8||1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)|
* = Girls Only program weeks
We want to be as flexible as possible while keeping costs down. When a customer cancels, we lose $10 in non-refundable credit card and registration fees. We never charge a fee for transferring off the waitlist. We hope this makes it as easy as possible to change your plans.
More than 1 week before your camp starts – $10 cancellation fee; $0 program transfer fee
Less than 1 week before your camp starts – $40 cancellation fee; $10-$40 program transfer fee (depending on program selection)
After 4pm on the Friday preceding your camp – No refund can be given; No transfers can be made
*If Geering Up needs to cancel Camp sessions at any point, all registered participants in that group will be given a full refund.
How will I know where to go on the first day?
A link will be sent out to all registrants on the Wednesday before the first day. In addition, the information email will contain instructions about how to minimize technical issues on the first day
Who supervises the programs?
Each program is led live by a pair of undergraduate students. Additionally, each program is recorded for safety purposes.
However, it is still the responsibility of the guardian to provide general supervision for the participant similar to the level of supervision that they would require while completing an independent homework project. For example, a guardian should be available to assist with complex technical issue or first aid situations.
Should parents be present for the sessions?
As noted in the question above, parents/guardians should provide the level of supervision that their child would normally receive while completing an independent homework project. However, we also strive to create a classroom-like environment where all participants are free to learn and grow through the challenges that the program presents.
Do I need any special equipment to participate?
A web-enabled device is what you'll need to attend the session. A webcam is a nice addition, but not needed. For coding and computer-based programs, it is highly recommended that you have a laptop or desktop and do not use an iPad, Chromebook, or tablet. We do have some laptops that we are able to loan for programs throughout the summer season.
Additionally, participants registered in non-coding camps will have a box of most of the necessary supplies mailed to them the week before their camp begins. This box will not include technology components like webcams, web-enabled devices, etc.
What do I need to do to set up for the first day?
On the first day we'll ask guardians to join us for the first ten minutes as we make sure every participant is well set up.
Who supervises the program?
Our programs are all lead live by a pair of undergraduate students in science/engineering. All programs are recorded for safety purposes. However, it is still the responsibility of a guardian to provide supervision for their youth during the program. For example, guardians must be available if their child need tech support or first aid.
What does the online platform look like?
We will be using BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra for our online programs. As mentioned a webcam and mic are nice but are not necessary. Students are able to use a chat function or their webcam/mic to engage with the instructors and the other students in the class. The platform has an option to screen-share allowing our instructors to both share resources and help students with their projects.