Spark Lab Program

Spark Lab Program

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. Escape the traditional classroom and learn science by doing science.

The Spark Lab Program does not require an application to attend. Registration can be completed online, and a residence option is also available.

Summer 2017 Sessions

Grade 9/10 Sessions

Animal Anatomy
Date: August 8 to 11, 2017 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $316.00 || Four-day session
Are you curious about our animal kingdom and want to learn more? Join us as we explore Animal Anatomy from the inside out by investigating the visual pathways of different species, examine a mammalian digestive system and so much more. From animal development to dissections, Spark students will get the opportunity to explore this vast kingdom.

Forensic Science
Date: August 14 to 18, 2017 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $395.00 || Five-day session
Delve into the mind of an investigator by learning how to solve mysteries with our Forensic Science course. Students will get the opportunity to become Forensic Scientists by learning how to dust for fingerprints, examine blood splatter, analyze DNA, and more. Is there anything more satisfying then solving a mystery?

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Grade 11/12 Sessions

Astronomical Society
Date: August 8 to 11, 2017 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $316.00 || Four-day session

Astronomy has captivated the human imagination for centuries, and we are closer to space than we’ve ever been before! Get some bright ideas with YorkU Observatory’s sun telescope while you observe and investigate sunspots, and find out what it takes to be a rocket scientist by designing and building your own from scratch.

Catalytic Chemistry
Date: August 8 to 11, 2017 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $316.00 || Four-day session

Grab your lab coats and your goggles when you join us for Catalytic Chemistry! From generating solar energy to gel electrophoresis, students will get the opportunity to explore practical applications of chemistry in one of York University’s Chemistry laboratories.

Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Date: August 14 to 18, 2017 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $395.00 || Five-day session

Learn to understand animals on a deeper level with this course. Anatomy refers to structure and form of the animal while physiology deals with the study of functions of the body and any of its parts. In Animal Anatomy and Physiology, you’ll learn the importance of animals by being able to recognize normal functions from abnormal functions through dissections and hands-on examinations in one of York University’s undergraduate laboratories.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

All registration is to be completed online using our online system. Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of payment.

  • 4-day weeks: $316 per week per participant
  • 5-day weeks: $395 per week per participant

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Note: All fees are in Canadian Dollars and include HST.

Can my child bring electronic devices?

Please note that we encourage participants to leave all electronic game devices at home, as we are not responsible if they are lost. If your child carries a cell phone with them, we ask that it be put on vibrate during session hours.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We offer Financial Assistance for Science Engagement Programs, when funding is available. For more information, please click on the appropriate links or email helix@yorku.ca.

Bursary Policy        Bursary Application Form

Bursary application deadline for Helix and Spark Lab: May 29, 2017.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations made 21 calendar days prior to the start of the program are eligible for a full refund, minus a $120 administration fee per child, per course. 50% refund per week of residence.
Refunds will be given upon written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made after the 21 calendar day deadline. No refunds will be given for days when a participant is absent and missed days cannot be made up.

Where can I find more information about your residence program?

Spark Lab students will have the opportunity to stay at one of York University’s campus residences.

Visit our Residence webpage for more information: helix.science.yorku.ca/residence