Frequently Asked Questions

General:

What is Discovery Western?
Presently in its 26th year of operation, Discovery Western (DW) is an award winning non-profit organization that aims to promote awareness of science, engineering and technology among young people, through an innovative and interactive learning program.

DW operates out of the Faculty of Engineering at Western University and is lead by a team of undergraduate engineering students. During the months of May and June, DW offers fun and exciting workshops in elementary and secondary school classrooms in southwestern Ontario. These workshops explore the exciting world of science and engineering, while complimenting the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum. In July and August DW offers a summer day camp for children entering Grades 2 through 8. Each one week camp session is filled to the brim with experiments, design projects, eye opening tours and outdoor activities that satisfy even the keenest mind. All activities present engineering, science and technology, in a thought provoking, exhilarating manner. Camp sessions are offered in London, Sarnia and Port Elgin.

Who works for Discovery Western?
Discovery Western is a Western Engineering External Services outreach program and is staffed by students. The Directors and Senior Instructors are all undergraduate engineering students at Western. All other staff members are high school students with an interest in science, engineering, and technology.

Camp:

When and where is camp being held in 2015?
Discovery Western Summer Camps 2014 will be held in London, Sarnia & Port Elgin during the months of July and August.

How much is a week of camp?
A one week camp session varies between $160 to $250 depending on the week offerred. Please check out camp themes for more information. 

What age group should I register for?
DW campers are grouped based on the grade that they will be entering in the fall succeeding that summer.  For example: If a camper is in Grade 3 at the time of registration, then they will enter Grade 4 in the fall and therefore should register for the Grade 4/5/6 group.

Is lunch provided?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a lunch program.  We do however offer a Pizza Day once per week where lunch can be purchased.  Parents are asked to send a lunch with their camper(s)  the other 4 days. Out of respect for those with nut allergies, as with most camps, we ask that no peanut products be brought to camp.

Is there swimming?
We do not have access to the pools on campus, however we will have our awesome H2Olympics each week.  The campers will participate in a plethora of water based events that feature engineering principles.  Past events have included: Tower of Terror, Army of Darkness, PSW, Soapy Hill Relay, and the afternoon is always capped with an astounding Liquid Nitrogen demonstration.

Does the curriculum repeat?
We offer a variety of curriculum options so that your child can attend multiple weeks of camp. Information about our camp curriculum can be found in our camp themes. 

Do you offer bursaries?
Discovery Western has very limited number of bursaries available this year. If you would like more information please contact the Director of Discovery Western by phone at 519-661-2111 ext. 88826 or email discover@uwo.ca.

What is your staff training like? 
Discovery Western has a staff team of 16 individuals who are all required to attend training sessions, submit a police check & have an update First Aif & CPR Level C certificate. We often have returning staff who are able to bring a wealth of knowledge from previous years as well they serve as mentors to our new staff. 

My child is on the waitlist. What is the likelihood of them being able to attend camp?
Each year is different in terms of the number of students we are able to move from the waitlist to our registration. There is always some movement, but it is wise to register early in order to ensure your spot at Discovery Western camps.

My child is on the waitlist. When will I hear back from someone about it's status? 
A member of Discovery Western will contact you if a spot becomes available. We will keep your name on our waiting list until one week prior to camp starting.