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.

Spark registration is now closed for Summer 2018.
See you next year!

Summer 2018 Sessions

Grade 9/10 Sessions

Animal Anatomy
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $365.00 || Four-day session
Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian? 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 animal kingdom.

Forensic Science
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018 || August 7 to 10, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $365.00 || Four-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?

Deadly Pandemic
Date: August 7 to 10, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $365.00 || Four-day session
Escape the Deadly Pandemic with Spark Lab by formulating a cure to stop the virus outbreak! Working in teams, students will investigate different types of pathogens that can infect huge populaces and learn about the deadliest pandemics in history. Using scientific inquiry and hands-on lab experiments, students will study transmissible diseases and antibodies to save the world.

Nutrition Science
Date: August 13 to 17, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $425.00 || Five-day session
Curious about the food that you’re consuming? Join us at Spark Lab, as we venture into the chemistry and biology of nutrition. Students will dive into the world of enzymes, calculate the energy content in food, and more! From the digestive system & bloodstream processes to decoding nutritional labels, students will get the opportunity to investigate the science behind nutrition.

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

Grade 11/12 Sessions

Catalytic Chemistry
Date: July 3 to 6, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $365.00 || Four-day session

Grab your lab coats and your goggles when you join us for Catalytic Chemistry! Students will explore the esterification process, learn about chemical equilibria, conduct chemiluminescence experiments, and more! From generating solar energy to gel electrophoresis, students will get the opportunity to investigate practical applications of chemistry in one of York University’s laboratories.

Human Anatomy
Date: August 7 to 10, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $365.00 || Four-day session

Join us in Human Anatomy as we explore the biological systems of the human body. Students will learn how organ systems interact with each other, develop an understanding of the medical field, and discuss the impact of diseases & disorders. Through dissections and scientific studies, students will investigate body systems including the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, and more.

Animal Physiology
Date: August 13 to 17, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $425.00 || 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 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.

Biophysics: Understanding Colour and Optometry
Date: August 13 to 17, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $425.00 || Five-day session

Discover the world of colour through a biological and optical perspective. Students in this course will explore the anatomy & physiology of the eye, investigate the properties of light by performing experiments to understand the wavelength spectrum, and discuss colour vision & its disorders. From genetics to Isaac Newton, students will investigate our modern understanding of colour through this interdisciplinary course.

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

Math for Real (Grade 9 to 12)

Math for Real
Date: August 13 to 17, 2018 || Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Course Fee: $425.00 || Lunch and Camp T-shirt included
Early Bird Discount by June 30, 2018: $295.00 || Bursaries available

Looking for an ambitious and exciting adventure this Summer? Look no further! This August, the Math for Real camp will spark fire and ignite the brighter side of you with loads of awesome math, applications of STEAM, and tons of fun!

Spark Fire – Math for Real is a unique and exciting summer camp, organized by the IMMC-Canada Committee, sponsored by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, the Fields Institute of Mathematics, NSERC PromoScience, and York University’s Faculty of Science, and supported by industry sponsor Maplesoft. The camp’s program is uniquely designed to help high school students understand that Mathematics is EASY, FUN and gives you REAL POWER in life. Using real world examples from biology, machine learning to modern technologies, the camp instructors promise to show you the true faces of mathematics that most people have never seen. Moreover, you will build programming and writing skills that further enhance your math power for real applications. Different from traditional math camps, hand-on activities and teamwork are the core part of the camp. This summer, we will take you to see the horizons of mathematics—where it leads you to your fullest potential. Be prepared and fasten your seatbelt. The ambitious you will be hooked on math for life!

A study by the US Department of Education showed that good math and science skills lead to a bright future of high income and success. Come join the league of mathematically minded Sergey Brin (Co-founder of Google and President of Google’s parent company, Alphabet), Reed Hastings (CEO, Netflix), Jeffrey Immelt (CEO, General Electric) and Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo), and let mathematics send you off to a path of success!

Math is EASY, Math is FUN, Math has REAL POWER! Investment in math learning is rewarding. Come see for yourself and discover your true math talent!

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Note: All fees are in Canadian Dollars and include HST. Residence is not available for the Math for Real course. For more information about IMMC-Canada Committee, visit: International Mathematical Modeling Challenge.

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: $365 per week per participant
  • 5-day weeks: $425 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?

Science Engagement Programs offers a financial assistance program to help offset some of the tuition cost of our program, so that all students can attend. Financial Assistance does not include our Residence Program. 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: April 30, 2018.

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