Workshop Descriptions

All of our workshops are designed for a maximum of 30 students with a duration of one and a half to two hours. The exception to this is our full-day workshops which are noted below. 

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 and we will do our best to accommodate what your students are learning in class.

Workshop Descriptions and Curriculum Connections

Understanding Life Systems

Creature Creation (Grades K-4)
Students will design and construct a unique creature using principles of adaption for survival in specific environments and ecosystems.

DNA Detectives (Grade 8)
Students will extract DNA from plant cells through chemical processes and explore the structure and importance of cells.

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

Simple Machines (Grade 2)
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-car.

Super Structures (Grades 3, 5 and 7)
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.

Chain Reactions (Grades 3, 5 and 8)
Students will design, build and test a Rube Goldberg Machine using simple machines.

Pneumatically Hydraulic (Grades 5 and 8)
Students will learn the difference between these two systems and construct a mechanical system of their own.

Understanding Matter and Energy

Polymer Party! (Grade K-2)
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.

FUNdamentals of Flight (Grades 3 and 6)
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.

Understanding Earth and Space Systems

Extreme Roller Coasters (Grade 5)
Students will design, build and test model roller coasters while applying laws of physics and principles of design.

Whirling Windmills (Grades 5 and 7)
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! Note: When taught in a Grade 7 class, this workshop also covers curriculum connections in understanding structures and mechanisms.

Cross-Curricular

Maker Workshop (All Grades)
The maker movement is taking the classroom by storm and this workshop offers a taste of what you can do in your classroom. Students will use a variety of technology and their imaginations to complete a variety of mini-challenges and design projects. The type of technology used will vary depending on the age of the group. 

Coding 101 (All Grades)
Students will discover their inner coder with this crash course in programming. Depending on the age of the group the programming language taught will vary.  

Maker + Coding 101 (All Grades) - FULL DAY
Not able to decide between our maker and coding 101 workshops. This full-day workshop combines the best of both workshops for a great day of exploration.   

LEGO® Robolab (All Grades) - FULL DAY
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. 

Creative Circuitry (Grades 4-8) - FULL DAY
Let electrical engineering lead the way as you illuminate your surroundings. Students will investigate the characteristics and properties of light and electricity by building their own LED Lantern.