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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Sensational Saturdays 2018 Registration

Session Dates

  • Six consecutive Saturday mornings: Jan. 28, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, and March 3, 2018.

Times

  • 9 a.m. to noon

Cost

  • 3D Design and Printing camp: $160
  • All other camps: $145

Please read the LEAP camp Policies and Conditions before registering.

Registration Process

Online registration is now available. Registration is a two part process.

  1. Pay via credit card at the Course Store. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, you will need to drop it off or mail it to us. Please note that your camper’s registration is not confirmed or held until payment is received. If paying online, the space is confirmed immediately.
  2. Fill out the online camper information form. Please note that simply filling out this form without completing step one does not hold a spot for your camper.

If you require a paper registration form email leap@wlu.ca to request one.

Camp Descriptions

Grades 1-3

Out of this World

  • Instructor: Amanada Morgan
  • Cost: $145

From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on camp explores planets, spaceships, the lunar lander and constellations. Learn about the four forces of flight, the life cycle of a star, the phases of the moon and participate in a rocket launch that is out of this world!

Super SySTEM

  • Instructor: Amber McKay
  • Cost: $145

Do you like experimenting, finding out how things work and creating something new with your own hands? If so, then come join us to break down the super system that is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Each day our primary pioneers will explore a different branch of STEM. They will investigate how to walk on water, experiment with programming, learn the physics behind rollercoasters and create their very own Teddy Bear catapult. Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Super SySTEM LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Grades 4-6

Adventures in Writing

  • Instructor: Ryder Ball
  • Cost: $145

Do you love to write? Are you looking for inspiration or feedback? Do you sometimes get stuck because you think your writing is not good enough? Would you like to write but don’t know how to get started? This camp will inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. Come join us for writing adventures and exploring a variety of styles and motivations to help you find the forms that work best for you. We’ll write as a group and as individuals. You can share your writing when you feel ready and comfortable. We will find inspiration from past experiences, the world around us, drawing (no experience necessary) and many other sources. We’ll end the session with a writer’s café, sharing our work and celebrating the authors in the room. It will be a fun time of ‘writing for the love of it’ through challenges and adventures. Bring your growth mindset along and let’s create together!

Inventor’s Workshop

  • Instructor: Anne Dahmer
  • Cost: $145

Calling all inventors! Looking for a chance to get busy and build? To go crazy and create? To get daring with design? Then join us for a week of busy building and creating fantastic inventions! From the Great Ping Pong Catapult to Tin Foil Cars, we’ll explore zany Rube Goldberg devices and design our own pet transportation systems. Inventors will have the opportunity to solve a real-life problem with an invention of their own design and present these prototypes to our very own Dragon’s Den! For the big finale, we’ll top off the session with an Inventors Fair to show off our wonderful inventions to the world! Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Inventor’s Workshop LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

LEGO Mindstorms

  • Instructor: Kevin Watt
  • Cost: $145

Are you ready to combine LEGO building and computer programming to get to the next level? Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, campers will create customizable, programmable robots, from simple to complex. Learn how to use a variety of sensors and motors to power your creations. If you love LEGO, then this is the camp for you! All Lego creations will stay at camp and campers will share a building kit with another camper. Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous LEGO Mindstorms LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Grades 6-9

3D Design and Printing

  • Instructor: Andrew Brumwell
  • Cost: $160

In this exciting new camp, which is a partnership with local company InkSmith, campers will learn the basics of 3D modelling in OnShape. They will go through the research, plan, design, print/build, and test cycle and get to create two items: a CO2 car and a bike pump bottle rocket. Join us to learn about this revolutionary new technology and how it is changing the world! Note: This camp is designed and led by a 3D printing expert and InkSmith representative, Andrew Brumwell.

Extreme Programming

  • Instructor: Cameron Morland
  • Cost: $145

Are you a programmer looking for a challenge? Are you getting bored in Scratch, or looking for something more? Have you made some neat animations, and are wondering what else you can do? Have you ever wondered why some programs take a long time to run, while others are fast? In this camp we will be doing advanced programming projects. How can a program repeat without repeating? What is “big-O,” and how can it help me write programs that finish in seconds instead of years? How can I use a function on another function? We will address these questions and more. Note: Prior programming experience is required.
This camp is designed and led by a coding expert and computer science lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Cameron Morland.

Summer 2018 Registration

Summer 2018 camps will run July 9-13 and 16-20. Registration will open in March 2018. Camp descriptions and registration information will be available in February or March 2018.

Financial Assistance

For those families in need of financial assistance, there are a limited number of bursaries available. Please note that LEAP may not be able to fill all funding requests.

Note: Currently, we only have bursary funds for children living in Woolwich County or for children entering aged 13-16 as of September 2017.

LEAP has been fortunate to receive bursary funding from the following organizations:

  • The Kiwanis Club of Elmira
  • The Kiwanis Club of North Waterloo
  • The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
  • The Waterloo Region Record
  • Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Kids to Camp Fund

We greatly appreciate all the support provided from these organizations. thank you for making campers’ LEAP goals a reality!

Bursary Procedure

  • Bursary Application Form (two pages).
  • Camp Registration Form.
  • Letter from your child's classroom and/or special education resource teacher outlining their suitability for the program. If the teacher is familiar with your situation, they may also include information on your child's need for financial assistance, but this is not mandatory.

Submit all complete documents to LEAP by:

  • Email: leap@wlu.ca
  • Fax: 519.884.8697
  • Mail: LEAP, Faculty of Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5
  • In person to our office: BA311, third floor Bricker Academic Building

Applications will be reviewed at the end of each month. If you have any questions, contact the LEAP office at leap@wlu.ca.

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