Helix Summer Science Institute

Find out what the Helix programs are like:

Spark Lab Program

Escape the traditional classroom and learn science by DOING science. York University’s Spark Lab Programs are week-long sessions designed for students in grades 9 to 12 who want more “hands-on” science. Using experiment-based learning, students explore physics, biology and chemistry through lab work. The Spark Lab Program does not require an application to attend. Registration can be completed online, and a residence option is also available.

Helix Summer Science Institute

Considered one of Canada’s premier high school summer science enrichment program for high-performing students, we have experienced very high demand for spaces. Please consider applying early for summer 2018 in order to avoid disappointment.

Helix Summer Science Institute runs during the month of July each summer. We offer streams in Biomedical Sciences, Math and Physics, and Biotechnology. Each course draws upon actual research conducted within the Faculty of Science at York University and is developed and delivered by professors, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and graduate students.

In this intense and academically rigorous series of week-long, non-credit courses, students learn cutting-edge research through interactive lectures and hands-on labs, while experiencing life as an undergraduate student.