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Summer Camp

Session Dates

  • July 9-13, 2018
  • July 16-20, 2018

Times

  • Morning: 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Afternoon: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Full day: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • After camp care is available from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. for an additional cost of $8 per day.

Cost (Per Week)

  • Half day camp: $145
  • Mico:bit Robotics Camp: $350 (includes a $90 robotics kit campers keep at the end of the week).
  • Full day camps: $290

Before registering for LEAP, please read the camp Policies and Conditions.

Registration Process

Summer 2018 registration is now closed. Winter 2019 Saturday camp registration will open in November 2018. Contact LEAP if you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified of future camp opportunities.

Online registration is available this year and will be a two-part process:

  1. Pay via credit card through Course Store
    • Your child's space will be confirmed immediately once payment is received. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, you will need to drop it off or mail it to us. Note: Your camper's registration is not confirmed or held until payment is received and some camps do fill up quickly.
  2. Complete the LEAP Summer Camp Registration Form.
    • Note: Filling out this form without completing step one does not hold a spot for your camper. If you require a paper registration form, please email leap@wlu.ca.

Camp Descriptions

Grades 1-3: July 9-13

Out of this World

  • Instructor: Amanda Morgan
  • Format: Half day, morning
  • 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! 

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Out of this World LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Who Done It?

  • Instructor: Amanda Morgan
  • Format: Half day, afternoon
  • Cost: $145

Lingering in the shadows is an elite group of recruits that are preparing to take on top secret missions this summer. They are a secretive set that work well together using their spy skills and street smarts to solve mysteries. We are looking for new recruits to join our team: decipher codes, create and use spy gadgets, take part in training missions, learn from real detectives and uncover the elements that make up these mysterious cases. All this and so much more await our young super sleuths! 

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Who Done It? LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Super SySTEM

  • Instructor: Jessica Fehderau 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

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 supersystem that is STEM. Each day our primary pioneers will explore a different branch of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 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.

Wild Robots

  • Instructor: Aaron Fewkes 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Wild Robots is a quirky camp that has been specifically designed with the creative, scientific and/or hands-on kid in mind. Over the course of the week, campers will explore, create and code/program various types of robots from LEGO to artistic, rolling and more. This camp may include a walking trip to the University of Waterloo and/or visits from local robotic gurus. Come and get a little wild about robots!

Grades 1-3: July 16-20

Under the Sea

  • Instructor: Melissa Aultman
  • Format: Half day, morning
  • Cost: $145

Have you ever wondered what lays beneath the deep blue sea? In this interactive camp we will explore the many aquatic habitats and creatures that swim beneath the ocean waves. Learn more about the ocean highways known as currents, what lays in the deep of the midnight zone, our important role in daily ocean life and more. Get ready to dive into the incredible world under the sea!

Super Structures

  • Instructor: Mark McQuade
  • Format: Half day, afternoon
  • Cost: $145

Calling all aspiring super structure engineers and architects! Get ready to work with enthusiastic, creative learners just like you as you investigate different super structures found throughout our planet. We will increase our understanding of specific building techniques as we build some creative structures. We will also be investigating some of the ideas, methods and fascinating creations of some unorthodox architects who ignored all the rules. Finally, we will combine all our learning to create our own unique designs and structure. Three, two, one  create! 

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Budding Builders LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Art Counts!

  • Instructor: Sophia Godula
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Think outside the box and put your imagination to work in this exciting camp. We will take campers on a journey to the unknown, where they will discover the codependency of math and art. We will build upon artistic and mathematical concepts such as value, texture, measurement, geometry and more. Join us as we explore the different ways in which math and art can come together to make our art count! 

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Art Counts! LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Biology and Me!

  • Instructor: Deanna Reinhart
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Why is it called the "funny bone"? What makes you special? Why does our heart beat differently when we sleep? Did you actually get rid of the germs when you washed your hands? Explore the human body from head to toe and get to know yourself better. Extract DNA from peas, make edible (yes, edible!) models of DNA and create a colourful model of the brain. Campers will create unique monsters with various genetic traits and create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. Discover what makes you, you... in Biology and Me!

Grades 4-6: July 9-13

Drama-Rama

  • Instructor: Brandon Smith
  • Format: Half day, morning
  • Cost: $145

Do you like to speak in funny voices and accents? Do you write plays or stories in your spare time? Do you like being the one in charge? Then join us at Drama-rama this summer! Over the course of five mornings, we will give you a thirst for theatre and the knack to act! Drama-rama will cover the basics of playwriting, character-building, directing, improvisation, puppetry and/or mask-making. Then we'll use those skills to create, rehearse and perform our very own dramatic productions. The dramatic arts are a powerful tool for developing self-confidence, creativity and empathy. By creating a safe and collaborative space that allows for maximum creative expression, children are able to explore their sense of identity and enhance their abilities of self-regulation and metacognition.

Adventures in Writing

  • Instructor: Ryder Ball
  • Format: Half day, afternoon
  • 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 a week of writing adventures, exploring a variety of styles and motivations where you'll 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. After exploring many different writing adventures, choose a piece or two to spend some more time with on Thursday and Friday. We'll end the week with a writer's café, sharing our work and celebrating the authors in the room! It will be a fun week of 'writing for the love of it' through challenges and adventures. Bring your growth mindset along and let's create together!

Calling All Coders

  • Instructor: Celia Anand and Melody McMahon
  • Format: Full day, two classes
  • Cost: $290

Are you interested in the information revolution? What about how to program? Do you wonder how a CAT scan works? Programming is the fundamental building block in many fields. From rockets being launched to explore space to helping Ollie find his way home, this camp will help you explore coding from both fun and serious angles. You will work with iPad apps to better understand binary numbers and to program your own adventure game. You will partner up to code Sphero and Ollie robots to navigate challenges, and work on computers to learn how to program shapes and animations. If you are keen to take coding to the next level, this camp is for you!

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Calling All Coders LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Genes to Germs

  • Instructor: Deanna Reinhart
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

What makes you unique? How does a diaper help explain what happens when we digest food? Why does your heart beat differently than a mouse's heart? Explore the human body, from genes to germs, and get to know yourself better. Extract DNA from peas, make edible (yes, edible!) models of DNA, conduct an experiment to pull iron filings out of cereal and create a model of the lungs. Campers will learn about the nutritional value of their daily diet and determine if you really "are what you eat."  Create slime to learn how the body defends against the invasion of germs. All aboard for a scientific journey from Genes to Germs!

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Genes to Germs LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Grades 4-6: July 16-20

Artists Unite!

  • Instructor: Margo Delaine
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Join us on a creative journey of unlocking your inner artist! Learn the secrets of the various elements of art with hands-on projects, games and challenges. We will explore art through history and study the works of some of the most talented artists of the past. We will build our classroom gallery so that others can come view the week's creations. Whether you are an experienced artist or you don't yet know the difference between shape and line, come join the journey! 

 Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Artists Unite! LEAP camps. However, there are extensions available for campers who would like to retake this camp and further their skills.

Wild Robots

  • Instructor: Aaron Fewkes 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Wild Robots is a quirky camp that has been specifically designed with the creative, scientific and/or hands-on kid in mind. Over the course of the week, campers will explore, create and code/program various types of robots from LEGO to artistic, rolling and more. This camp may include a walking trip to the University of Waterloo and/or visits from local robotic gurus. Come and get a little wild about robots!

Inventor's Workshop

  • Instructor: Anne Dahmer 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

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 week 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.

Micro:bit Robotics Camp

  • Instructor: Inksmith, a local 3D printer company 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $350

Calling all robotics fans! Do you think robots are cool? What if you could build your own and keep it? Join us to learn the basics of robotics and block based coding through building your own robot from scratch. From the way that it looks to the way that it moves, these little robots are completely customizable and full of fun adventures. And don't worry if you're new to coding or robotics, this DIY camp will have exciting learning opportunities for novice and advanced learners alike.

Note: This camp is offered in collaboration with Inksmith, a local 3D printer company. The instructor(s) will be experts from Inksmith. The camp cost includes an additional $60 fee as campers will bring home their own robots ($90 value) and will be able to continue to code them at home using free web-based software. For additional information on the kit, visit Inksmith.

Grades 5-8: July 16-20

The Great Escape!

  • Instructor: Celia Anand 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Do you love puzzles, solving clues and working as a team of critical thinkers? Have you ever been to an escape room or participated in a breakout box challenge and wanted to do more? Then this camp is for you! During the week, you will explore a variety of problem solving activities including digital breakouts, breakout box challenges, and you will have the opportunity to use your creativity and imagination to design your very own breakout box. At the end of camp, you will have your own breakout box to take home and lots of experience to be a successful gamemaster. 

Note: We ask that campers bring with them a solid shoe box or similar size box and any type of old locks from home (can be for a locker or suitcase; key, number, letter, directional). These will go home with you as part of your finished breakout box challenge at the end of the week. You can challenge your family or friends and keep the fun of camp going all summer long!

Grades 6-9: July 9-13

Artists Unite!

  • Instructor: Margo Delaine
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Join us on a creative journey of unlocking your inner artist! Learn the secrets of the various elements of art with hands-on projects, games and challenges. We will explore art through history and study the works of some of the most talented artists of the past. We will build our classroom gallery so that others can come view the week's creations. Whether you are an experienced artist or you don't yet know the difference between shape and line, come join the journey! 

Micro:bit Robotics Camp

  • Instructor: Inksmith, a local 3D printer company 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $350

Calling all robotics fans! Do you think robots are cool? What if you could build your own and keep it? Join us to learn the basics of robotics and block based coding through building your own robot from scratch. From the way that it looks to the way that it moves, these little robots are completely customizable and full of fun adventures. And don't worry if you're new to coding or robotics, this DIY camp will have exciting learning opportunities for novice and advanced learners alike.

Note: This camp is offered in collaboration with Inksmith, a local 3D printer company. The instructor(s) will be experts from Inksmith. The camp cost includes an additional $60 fee as campers will bring home their own robots ($90 value) and will be able to continue to code them at home using free web-based software. For additional information on the kit, visit Inksmith.

Maker Mania

  • Instructor: Anne Dahmer 
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Attention makers, builders and creators! Come and explore the design process in a fantastic makerspace environment. You will experiment with cool materials to create awesome things like Rube Goldberg devices, catapults and tinfoil cars. You will use tools to dissect electronics and see what makes them tick. You'll end the week by designing and building your very own Cardboard Arcade Game.

Note: The material in this camp has similar components to the Inventor's Workshop LEAP camps.

Grades 6-9: July 16-20

Programming in Real Life

  • Instructor: Kevin Watt
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

Have you heard of a Raspberry Pi? No, not the kind you eat, the kind you program! How about lego robotics? Join us on a journey of discovery, using the Raspberry Pi (a mini, credit-card-sized computer) and Lego Robotics (programmable Lego sensors and motors) to learn the basics of computer programming. Each day campers will make a program using these technologies to perform actions in real life. 

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Programming in Real Life LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

Adventures in Writing

  • Instructor: Ryder Ball
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

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 a week of writing adventures, exploring a variety of styles and motivations where you'll 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. After exploring many different writing adventures, choose a piece or two to spend some more time with on Thursday and Friday. We'll end the week with a writer's café, sharing our work and celebrating the authors in the room! It will be a fun week of 'writing for the love of it' through challenges and adventures. Bring your growth mindset along and let's create together!

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Adventures in Writing LEAP camps. However, there are extensions available for campers who would like to retake this camp and further their skills.

Amusement Park Physics

  • Instructor: Cristina Ashby
  • Format: Full day
  • Cost: $290

What do half pipes, ball ramps, inclined planes and clothoid loops have to do with roller coasters? How are roller coasters designed to be both safe and exhilarating? These questions and more will be answered in this hands-on camp where you will learn about the science behind roller coasters and try your hand at designing and building your own using K'Nex Kits. Keep your feet on the ground but let your imagination soar!

Note: The material in this camp is very similar to that presented in previous Amusement Park Physics LEAP camps. Please consider that if retaking this camp.

PD Day Programming

  • Date: May 4, 2018
  • Time: Camp begins at 9 a.m., drop off is from 8:30-9 a.m. and pick up is from 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $60

Before registering for LEAP, please read the camp Policies and Conditions.

Registration Process

Note: Registration has now closed for the May 4 PD Day program.

Online registration is available this year and will be a two-part process:

  1. Pay via credit card through Course Store.
    • Your child's space will be confirmed immediately once payment is received. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, you will need to drop it off or mail it to us. Note: Your camper's registration is not confirmed or held until payment is received and some camps do fill up quickly.
  2. Complete the LEAP PD Day Programming Registration Form.
    • Note: Filling out this form without completing step one does not hold a spot for your camper. If you require a paper registration form, please email leap@wlu.ca.

Program Descriptions

Grade 1-3: STEAM Space Adventure

  • Instructor: Jessica Fehderau
  • Date: May 4, 2018
  • Cost: $60

Are you prepared to embark on an epic science adventure in a galaxy far, far away? May the “fourth” be with you as we explore the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art contained in outer space. Astronauts and Jedi alike will have a blast participating in hands-on space explorations, including: designing straw rockets, space landers and lightsabers.

Grade 4-6: Print it! Printmaking for Creative Kids!

  • Instructor: Margo Delaine
  • Date: May 4, 2018
  • Cost: $60

Come and design your own original art prints! Using everyday materials, you will explore, experiment and ultimately create your own printing plates, which you will use to print your very own colourful images. This camp will familiarize you with famous artists who created art via printmaking, as well as cover the basic elements of line, form, shape, colour and texture. You will create your own original print templates that will become your own limited series of prints over the course of the day. Bring your imagination, creativity and an “I can get messy" shirt for your day in our print studio. 

Grade 6-9: Fractals and Other Neat Structures

  • Instructor: Cameron Morland 
  • Date: May 4, 2018
  • Cost: $60

How can complex patterns emerge from simple rules? How can flat things stand up and solid things lie flat? What pattern starts 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ...31? We will spend the day exploring a selection of beautiful bits of mathematics. No computers and lots of origami paper, scissors, scissors, cardstock, scotch tape, compass and straight edge.

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