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Wilfrid Laurier University Camps for Kids
March 2, 2015
Canadian Excellence

BrainWorx: A Summer Experience at Laurier


Offered in partnership with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Department of Psychology at Laurier, BrainWorx invites families to participate in experimental and training studies each summer. Children will participate in studies, learn how their minds and bodies develop and engage in a wide variety of crafts, games, sports and other science-related activities -- it's summer camp with a brainy twist!

Summer 2014 Registration

BrainWorx: A Summer Experience at Laurier is now FULL for the Summer 2014 offering.

For the latest information on the Summer 2015 offering please join our email list.

Please note: only new BrainWorx registrants will be accepted for Summer 2015.

Program Information

Full Program: July 7 - 11 and July 14 - 18, 2014 | $175 per child

Half Program 1: July 7 - 11, 2014 | $95 per child

Half Program 2: July 14 - 18, 2014 | $95 per child

Camp Times: 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Location: Waterloo campus

Eligible Age Groups (age at time of camp duration)

Group A: 3 - 4 years (must be FULLY toilet-trained) 

Group B: 5 - 6 years

Group C: 7 - 8 years 

Additional Supervision Available

Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) OR Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $25 per child

Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) AND Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $40 per child

What are this year's studies?


About the BrainWorx Staff

The staff from Laurier's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education will be running BrainWorx this year in partnership with the staff from the Psychology Department. These people are highly trained, qualified individuals who have all had experience working with children. Biography details coming soon.

Last Summer's Studies

Lives of Young Children - Wood Lab

Our study examines parents and young children’s use of computers. At present there is very little information that looks at how parents use or choose not to use technology with their children in their home. The purpose of this study is to understand how parents feel about using technology with young children ranging in age from 3-6, how children handle technologies if they are permitted to use them, and how parents might help young children to handle computers especially when children are using them for the first time. The study has two different parts. First, we are asking 500 parents to complete a survey, either online or in hard copy format. Second we would like a smaller group of 160 parents (80 mothers and 80 fathers) to allow us to watch them interact with their child while using software on a typical desktop computer and using an iPad. We are including both of these to see if there are differences in how stationary versus mobile devices are used. Parents can choose to just participate in the survey or to participate in both the survey and the observation components of the study. Understanding what parents think about technologies and what they do with their children around different types of technologies will allow us to understand how to best support young children learning to use technology.

This study is being carried out by a developmental researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University (Eileen Wood) and two graduate students (Domenica De Pasquale and Marjan Petkovski).

Moving to Targets - Cinelli Lab

The purpose of this study is to employ a target-tapping task to quantify reaction time and accuracy in both typically-developing children, and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) between the ages of 6-8 years old. Children will be asked to perform a series of tapping trials on an iPad tablet. The initiation of each trial will require the participant to place their index finger on the starting position. Once the trial is initiated, the participant will be required to capture (tap) a target that disappears after initiation of movement. Parents will be asked to complete the Autism Spectrum Quotient (ASQ) questionnaire.

This study is being carried out by a Kinesiology professor at Wilfrid Laurier University (Michael CInelli) and one undergraduate student (Carmen Baker).

Coordinating Eyes and Hands - Niechwiej-Szwedo Lab

We want to understand how the brain combines and uses input from the two eyes during reaching movements, for example, when children make puzzles, crafts or catch a ball. The ability to use input from both eyes develops slowly in children. Also, many children have vision problems and difficulties performing accurate and precise movements, which might impact their learning abilities, school performance and participation in sports activities. When we have a better understanding of how development of vision affects eye-hand coordination, we will be able to use this information and develop better therapies for children with vision and eye problems.

This study is being carried out by a Kinesiology professor at the University of Waterloo (Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo).

Which Hand Do You Use? – Bryden Lab

In this study, children will complete in 3 tasks, which are aim to measure hand preference, as well as hand performance.  Hand selection, and how it may change as a task becomes increasingly challenging, will be the main focus of this study.  These measures will help further develop the literature surrounding task complexity and handedness and how it develops and changes across the lifespan.

This study is being carried out by a Kinesiology professor at Wilfrid Laurier University (Pamela Bryden) and one graduate student (Nicole Williams).

What When Where? – Roberts Lab

We are interested in understanding how children remember information, particularly whether children can remember where things are in relation to each other at a younger age than the order of things in time. It is important to understand how to assist children in discussing routine daily experiences, and this study may reveal a beneficial strategy for talking about such experiences. For this study, children will engage in a letter making activity (to their camp counsellors) with a research assistant and other children (maximum 3 children per group) and asked about what they can remember about that activity the following day. We ask you to avoid discussing the activities with your child as much as possible until after their interview.

This study is being carried out by a developmental researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University (Kim Roberts) and one graduate student (Katherine Wood).

Plus two additional Roberts lab studies and two additional Bryden lab (with Sara and Chantelle). 

Studies offered will have full ethical approval.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

  • please note that cancellation of your program anytime prior to Friday, May 30, 2014 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee (of the program fee)
  • there will be no refund available for cancellations received after May 30, 2014
  • notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Continuing Studies in-person, by mail, or by email

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