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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?

STEM Explorations

Grade 1-5

STEM Explorations is all about exposing participants to the fun, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary nature of STEM. Whether it’s planning solutions to engineering problems, or experimenting with mind-boggling science phenomena, our STEM explorations camp aims to engage our participants through hands-on, relevant, and diverse activities.
Join this camp if… you have a passion for learning and exploring and want to investigate the interconnectedness of the fields of STEM.


Grade 1-5

Makers unite! Join us as we push the boundaries of DIY. Our Maker Camp encourages all those who love to tinker, question, and create to come together in a week filled with hands-on activities designed to inspire participants to build and think critically.
Join this camp if… you are a problem-solver who is ready to build creative solutions and not afraid to get your hands dirty!


Grade 2-7

Originality, creativity, and innovation are the beacons that guide our STEAM programs. Rooted in the union of artistic expression and STEM design processes, we aim to foster a co-enriched environment where participants can explore their STEM passions alongside artistic pursuits. Join us for a week filled with design inquiry and fun hands on projects!
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

Grade 3-4

Computers and Me camp is designed to give kids an introduction to computer science. The week will involve lots of computer-based activities to teach the basic principles of computer programming and coding. No previous computer programming experience is necessary. Learn more about other CodeMakers camps here!
Join this camp if… you want to become more acquainted with the functioning of computers and the applications of computer science

Creative Coders

Grade 3-7

Welcome Creative Coders! This is our software-focused camp, where we explore the world of coding in computing technologies. If you’re excited about the idea of programming based innovations, then you’ll want to join fellow coders for a week of creative coding projects! All skill levels welcome. Learn more about our other CodeMakers camps here!
Join this camp if… you want to learn or enhance your coding skills and be able to create all sorts of fascinating scripts and projects

Intro to Python

Grade 5-7; 8-12

Python is a popular programming language used in web applications, scientific computing, and education. This course will give you the baseline skills you need to start coding in Python. All versions of this program are for students with little or no experience with coding who want to get a start with Python. Python allows you to explore all sorts of different activities from building your own video game to exploring the world of math by creating your very own calculator.
Join this camp if… you want to explore the world of Python and build your coding repertoire.

Intro to JavaScript

Grade 8-12

Welcome to Intro to JavaScript! Ever wondered how developers make a website functional? JavaScript is a coding language commonly used in web development. This is a coding camp focused on developing the foundational skills required to create programs and applications in JavaScript. If you are thinking about a future in web-development or are interested in making games and applications, this is a great place to start! There is no prior coding knowledge required as we work from the basics all the way to creating a simple app.
Join this camp if… you want to learn more about web development and what it’s like to be a software engineer!

Biomedical Engineering

Grade 8-12

Ever wondered who built the first MRI machine? Who designs prosthetic limbs? Biomedical Engineers, of course! This program integrates biology and engineering to highlight technological innovations in the medical field. This program will involve lots of hands-on design activities and projects to teach the basics and applications of biomedical engineering. No previous background knowledge is required.
Join this camp if… you are interested in the fields of medicine and engineering and want to learn about the technological aspects of healthcare.

Integrated Engineering

Grade 8-12

Want to explore the amazing possibilities engineering has to offer? This program explores the various fields of engineering including electrical, mechanical, civil, and computer as well as their applications to real-world scenarios. This camp will involve a variety of hands-on activities and projects to teach the basics and applications of integrated engineering. No previous background knowledge is required.
Join this camp if… you are interested in gaining hands-on experience in engineering and design, and want to integrate your passion for creativity and construction.

Intro to Quantum Computing

Grade 6-12

Quantum computing is an emerging technology that leverages physics, engineering and computer science, to shape the future. In this course, participants explore the exciting world of quantum computing through videos, games, and activities. Throughout the week participants will engage in daily interactive sessions with guidance and support provided. By the end of the week, participants will gain a stronger understanding of quantum computing and its applications in the real world.
Join this camp if you… want to develop your programming skills, run code on a real quantum computer, and learn the fundamentals of quantum computing.

1STEM Explorations$116-$1451, 2, 3, 7, 910am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
1Maker$116-$1453, 4*, 5, 6, 8, 9*, 1010am - Noon (Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Week 9)
2-3STEM Explorations$116-$1451, 2, 5, 7*, 8, 101:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
2-3Maker$116-$1451, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 91:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
2-3STEAM$116-$1452, 3, 4, 5, 6, 910am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
3-4Computers and Me$116-$1451, 4*, 6, 9,1:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
3-4Creative Coders$116-$1451, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1010am - Noon (Weeks 8, 10)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
4-5STEM Explorations$116-$1452, 3, 4, 5, 910am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
4-5Maker$116-$1452, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1010am - Noon (Week 7)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
4-5STEAM$116-$1451, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 910am - Noon (Week 1)
1:30pm - 3:30pm (Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
5-6Intro to Python$140-$1753, 4*, 7*, 8, 101:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
5-7Creative Coders$116-$1451*, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1010am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
6-7STEAM$116-$1451, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 810am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
7Intro to Python$140-$1751, 2, 5, 6, 910am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
6-7Intro to Quantum Computing$145710:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)
8-9Intro to Quantum Computing Jr.$1754, 910:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)
10-12Intro to Quantum Computing Sr.$175510:00am - 12:30pm (All Available Weeks)
8-9Intro to Python Jr.$140-$1755, 1010am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
10-12Intro to Python Sr.$140-$1751, 71:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
8-9Intro to Javascript Jr. $140-$1751, 710am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
10-12Intro to Javascript Sr.$140-$1755, 101:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
8-9Biomedical Engineering Jr. $140-$1753, 810am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
10-12Biomedical Engineering Sr.$140-$1752, 4*, 6, 91:30pm - 3:30pm (All Available Weeks)
8-9Integrated Engineering Jr.$140-$1752, 4*, 6, 910am - Noon (All Available Weeks)
10-12Integrated Engineering Sr.$140-$1753, 81:30pm - 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.

Request a laptop loan here

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.