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NUScience Explorations

NU-Science-Explorations_Logo.jpg (formally known as the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Camps)

NUScience Explorations is a series of science and technology related camps for young children to explore and engage in fun and interactive indoor and outdoor activities. Each summer, week-long camps are held at Nipissing University, exploring different science-based themes, including


The camps for this summer are:

July 3-6: Introduction to Coding

​Computers and technology are rapidly changing our world: making many tasks easier,  movies and video games more exciting, and launching us into a future never thought possible. Although this may seem like magic, coding, at its heart, is just telling a computer exactly what you want it to do. By using exciting new computer technology (i.e. iPads/Macs), kids will learn the basics of coding in a way that just feels like playing video games. This week’s camp will also teach the fundamentals of computer science by playing  “unplugged” activities, that will get everyone up and moving and having fun! In addition, kids will explore technology by creating their own song and video using Apple software. A spy theme for this week will have kids cracking secret codes and going on exciting adventures. Introduction to Coding week will be sure to prepare all kids for an electrifying future!

July 9-13: Energy and Engineering 

​Energy and Engineering is a lively week with many exciting experiments. We start out with an exploration of energy types and we’ll even be showing campers how to build their own battery. As the middle of the week approaches we transition from energy to engineering. With trips around North Bay, as well as volcano and rocket building this week is sure to be mind-blowingly fun! Activities for the week allow campers to think outside of the box in order to create structures for a variety of challenges. Campers will also have time to work with an engineering graphic program to discover the elements of design involved in engineering. The week ends with Mad Scientist day on Friday, where campers can dress up in their craziest costumes!

July 16-20: Northern Forests 

Northern Ontario’s forests are home to a wonderful diversity of living things. In this week’s camp, students will learn how the interactions between plants, animals, fungi, and single celled organisms work together to create a complex ecosystem. A large component of this week will be spent on the Nipissing University trail system, where we will have the opportunity to collect and identify various specimens. Students will learn how the organisms we explored function, and how they differ in their function, by performing various experiments. Students will then incorporate this knowledge to understand how the forest ecosystem maintains itself. Fun ecological games/simulations will be performed in order to cement the ideas discussed. Students will end the week by learning how to survive in the wilderness. This week is sure to be a hit for anyone who loves the outdoors!

July 23-27: Exercise Science 

This week our focus will be on exercise science and specifically, the anatomy of the human body. Campers will have the chance to learn and experience different aspects of the human body and how it works; including themes such as the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the circulatory system. This week, campers will get to take part in not only sport science related experiments, but they will also have the chance to play various games and participate in activities that is outside the realm of regular exercise. In addition to having a beach day, guests will be taking field trips to various places around North Bay to learn more about different sports. The week will consist of many fun activities and sports to get the campers active and moving. This week will definitely be full of learning, FUN and active outdoor activities, see you there!

July 30-Aug 3: Aquatics 

This week we will be exploring the science behind aquatic ecosystems that are close to home and far away. Not only will we have the chance to experience the beautiful Lake Nipissing on our beach day, but we will be venturing out for other field trips in the area. Campers will have the chance to learn and experience the many different aquatic species that are living here on our campus when we take a hike to Duchesnay Falls; such as frogs, crayfish, protists and more! We are going to partake in activities that show us the seriousness of water pollution through oil spills and garbage and kids will be conducting plenty of other experiments to demonstrate the amazing things that happen in water. Our theme day this week will be held on Thursday, where we will encourage campers to dress up as characters from The Pirates of the Caribbean. We are very excited for this week of camp, can’t wait to see you there!

Registration is available at the following link:


Our camps are designed to engage and educate all participants aged 8-12 years of age

The program runs daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

​For more information about our 2018 programs, please contact 705-471-9677 or email us



Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at

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