Science Engagement - High School Programs

Please note that we take the health and safety of our Science Engagement Programs community very seriously. Towards that end and under the guidance of the University, we regret to inform you that Helix Summer Science Institute has been suspended.

We are excited to continue offering our in-person Spark Lab Programs and Spark Online for students in grades 9 to 12 for Summer 2022! For more information about the Spark Program, please visit:

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We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this period and hope to see you soon.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please email us at

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Science Engagement Programs offers innovative and engaging programs designed to inspire youth and discover exciting topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Out of the Faculty of Science at York University, our programs use a discovery and inquiry-based learning approach that is focused on ‘learning by doing’.

We offer two high school summer programs:

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, and registration can be completed online.

Helix Summer Science Institute

Considered one of Canada’s premier high school summer science enrichment program for students. This program has been suspended for Summer 2022.