Workshop Descriptions & Curriculum Connections

All of our workshops are designed for a maximum of 30 students with a duration of 1.5 to 2 hours. Workshops that are full day are noted below in the activity descriptions. Each workshop is linked to Ontario curriculum expectations and offers your class the opportunity to experience STEM in a new & engaging way. If there is a topic that you do not see covered through our workshops, please email us at discover@uwo.ca as we will do our best to accommodate what your students are learning in class.

Understanding Life Systems

Workshop Title

Activity Description

Grade

Ontario Curriculum Connection

Engineering Connection

Creature Creation

Students will design and construct a unique creature using principles of adaption for survival in specific environments and ecosystems

3/4

Understanding Life Systems: Growth & Changes in Plants/Habitats & Communities

Bio-medical engineering 

DNA Detectives

Students will extract DNA from plant cells through chemical processes and explore the structure and importance of cells.

8

Understanding Life Systems: Cells

Bio-medical engineering 

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms

Workshop Title

Activity Description

Grade

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Engineering Connection

Pneumatically Hydraulic

Students will learn different between these two systems and construct a hydraulic mechanical system of their own.

5

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms:Forces Acting on Structures & Mechanisms

Mechanical Engineering

8

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Systems in Action

Super Structures

Welcome to Civil Engineering 101! Students will learn about basic civil engineering principles by designing and building bridges to withstand an applied load. They will even build a life-size truss bridge that they can actually cross.

3

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Strong & Stable Structures

Civil Engineering 

5

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures & Mechanisms

7

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Form & Function

Simple Machines

What makes things move, is used daily and improves our everyday life?  Students will learn this and more as they explore the building blocks of an engineer. Participants will investigate simple machines as they create their own mini-catapult. 

2

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Movement

Mechanical Engineering

Chain Reactions

Students will design, build and test a Rube Goldberg Machine using a variety of simple machines.

3

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures & Mechanisms

Mechanical Engineering

8

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Systems in Action 

FUNdamentals of Flight

Prepare for takeoff as students soar to new horizons. This workshop explores the principles of flight and provides the students with the opportunity to build and launch their own flying feat.

6

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Flight

Mechanical Engineering

Understanding Matter & Energy

Workshop Title

Activity Description

Grade

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Engineering Connection

Polymer Party

Get ready to use your scientific experimentation skills to investigate changes of state and matter, identify properties of solids, liquids and gases while making your own polymer creations.

2

Understanding Matter & Energy: Properties of Liquids & Solids

Chemical Engineering

Understanding Earth & Space Systems

Workshop Title

Activity Description

Grade

Curriculum Connections

Engineering Connection

Whirling Windmills

What is renewable and non-renewable energy? How can wind create energy? In teams, students will explore the conservation of energy and resources by designing and building a windmill that can withstand high winds and use  the force of the wind to lift an object. It will blow you away!

5

Understanding Earth & Space Systems: Conservation of Energy & Resources

Civil & Mechanical Engineering

7

Understanding Earth & Space Systems: Heat in the Environment

Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Form & Function 

Extreme Roller Coasters

Students will design, build and test model roller coasters, while applying laws of physics and principles of design.

5

Understanding Earth & Space Sytems: Conservation of Energy & Resources

Mechanical Engineering

Cross-Curricular 

Workshop Title

Activity Description

Grade

Cross-Curriculum Connections

Engineering Connection

Lego Robolab

Make a robot come to life! Students will have an opportunity to work in teams to design, build and program a LEGO robot to compete in challenges and games. Note: This is a FULL-DAY workshop.

ALL

Working together students will gain valuable teamwork & problem-solving skills while learning about systems, forces and spatial reasoning.

Mechanical, Electrical & Software Engineering

Maker 

Students will explore and create using a variety of technological devices. Depending on the age of the group tech could include Ozobots, Dash and Dots, Spheros, Makey-Makey etc. 

ALL

In pairs or small groups, students will cover topics including electricity, systems in action as well as energy transformations. 

Mechanical, Electrical & Software Engineering.

Coding 101

Students will discover their inner coder with this crash course on how coding works. Depending on the age of the group the programming language chosen will vary. 

ALL

Students will gain valuable problem-solving and literacy skills in this brand NEW workshop created from input from fellow teachers and parents that wanted a coding course.  

Software Engineering.

Maker + Coding 101

Not able to decide between our maker and coding 101 workshops? We are offering a FULL-DAY workshop that combines the best of both workshops. 

ALL

Students will cover topics including electricity, systems in action, energy transformations, coding as well as improve their problem-solving skills.

Mechanical, Software & Electrical Engineering

Creative Circuitry 

Let electrical engineering lead the way as your students illuminate their surroundings in this FULL-DAY workshop that will introduce electrical circuits and allow students to build their own LED lantern.

4-8

Students will investigate the characteristics and properties of light and electricity as well as apply their problem-solving skills to design their LED lantern.

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.