News and Events
Volume 1 - Edition 12
May 2005


I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.  Discovery Western (DW) bases their Elementary School Workshops and Summer Camps on this motto to prove engineering doesn’t have to be just about numbers and formulas; it can also be a fun and interactive learning experience too.

Currently in its 16th year of operation, DW is a student run, not-for-profit organization that promotes awareness of science, engineering and technology to young people.  From May to June, a team of energetic undergraduate engineering students travel to elementary schools in the London area to encourage students to explore the realms of engineering, science and technology.   

“We look at the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum and create workshops that meet government standards and excite the students,” says DW co-director, Curtis Cleaver.  “This year we added a manufacturing workshop at the request of the teachers and the students.” 

Elementary schools can choose between six workshop choices; each designed for 30 students and take half a day to complete.  The workshops include: Super structures and mechanisms; Larger than life systems; Pneumatically hydraulic; Magnificent manufacturing; Fundamentals of flight; and Lego my robolab. 



“The Lego lab is by far our most popular workshop,” adds Natalie Merner, DW’s other co-director.  “This workshop is held on campus, and lasts all day.  Most schools come as part of their end of year trip.” 

DW continues their learning experience into the summer months with an Engineering and Science Summer Camp.  The camp offers students in grades 3 – 10 an opportunity to participate in design projects, experiments, demonstrations, computer projects and outdoor activities.  The camps are one week in length and run from July 4 – August 26. 

The entire DW program is student run; including the development of classroom and camp workshops.  “We update our workshops every year to ensure repeat campers aren’t going through the same curriculum year after year,” says Curtis. “Updating our workshops yearly also guarantees our programs are meeting the needs of today’s students and campers.” 

Discovery Western is proud to be a member of Actua.  Actua provides training, resources and support to a national network of local organizations offering science and technology education programs. 

For more information, please visit

  Celebrating 50 Years of Engineering Excellence
Faculty of Engineering Home search engineering Phone Book University of Western Ontario Home Western Engineering Home