Upcoming Events

At this time, all events are subject to UBC Okanagan policies and procedures in response to COVID -19. If camps are cancelled due to COVID-19, refunds (minus credit card fees) will be provided. Please note that registrants will be barred from participating if they display any symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever, etc). Our staff are taking all precautions to keep participants safe and to minimize the spread of the virus while also providing an engaging environment to explore STEM.

Winter Camps 2022

Join iSTAND and WWEST December 19th – 23rd and/or January 3rd-6th for our winter STEM Camps!

*Note that the January camp is held in Vernon

Science Odyssey 2022

Let your teachers know!

Squishy Circuits and Neuroscience (Grades K-3)

Students will be introduced to similarities between electrical circuit design and the organisation of the human neuromuscular system. A demonstration of electrochemical control of muscles with a Human-Human Interface experiment (Backyard Brains, Ann Arbor, MI), will be included in the lesson. Students will work together to build a circuit that relates to specific grade level outcomes, while receiving guidance to support independent troubleshooting.

Techno Brains (Grades 4-6)

Students will use unique technology, including Backyard Brains, Ozobots, and Makey Makey tools to learn and utilize simple code, which they will then translate into understanding of human systems functioning, relative to their grade level learning outcome expectations. Students will explore coding while learning how their brain connects and commands human systems.

Watch this space for Science Odyssey 2023 activities!

Summer Camps

We are pleased to be offering summer youth camps for children aged 5-12.

Camps will be held in the ARTS building on the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus, and run from the last week of June through the first week of August.

Each camp will be one week long, and run from 9am-3pm daily, with an option of extended care from 8am-9am and/or 3pm-4pm, for a nominal fee (as outlined on the registration form).

Early drop off and late pick up will be available for an additional, nominal fee.

Each week, a new selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math),learning activities ranging from neuroscience to coding will be provided.  Participants will engage in hands on learning, physical activity, and full days built around science exploration.  Some examples of themes within each day include: space, technology, color, engineering, human systems, sound, and so on.

Registration for 2023 summer camps coming soon

BC Teacher Cohort/Classroom Visits: ONGOING

WWEST collaborates with iSTAND, to develop lessons and outreach sessions linked to BC Education STEM-related curricular outcomes, for grades K-12.  Local school educators share in the learning and teaching of STEM activities through a series of sessions, or singular lessons, lead by the iSTAND outreach instructor team.  Lessons are built through conversation and individualized curricular coverage needs.  If you are an educator who would like to join our cohort and invite our instructors into your classrooms, please fill out our form.