NUScience Explorations

NU Science Explorations

(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:

NUCodes - Introduction to Coding, Robotics and Digital Literacy

NUCodes offers a series of introductory workshops in coding concepts and robotics to children and youth, including parent and child workshops! Please see below for our free November and December workshops:

Youth Coding Workshops

With support from Actua's Coding and Digital Skills Program, these workshops aim to envelope the digital skills and coding activities both in targeted coding programs as well as addressing the need for digital thinkers and creators in all areas of STEM. Through a variety of coding- and STEM-based activities, these full day workshops (6 hours) are made to engage youth in meaningful and enriching experiences that foster the necessary skills for digital literacy.

Youth Coding Workshop #1

Title: Makey Makey Video Games
Date: Saturday, November 17th
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Age Group: 8 to 12 years of age

Description: In this full day workshop, we invite youth to engage in our video game creation project. Using online software, kids will learn how to code their own video game. Kids will then use Makey Makeys to create a one of a kind controller, out of household materials, that will actually connect to their computer for a truly unique video game experience!

Youth Coding Workshop #2

Title: Introduction to Lego Robotics-Mindstorm
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Age Group: 8 to 12 years of age

Description: Have you ever wanted to build and program a robot? This workshop will introduce youth to Lego Robotics-Mindstorm, a system designed to introduce robotics programming using simple Lego materials. Participants will work together to learn coding principles to move their Lego robots through a simple maze.

Special Professional Development Day Workshop

Title: Robotics using Littlebits
Date: Friday, November 23rd
Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Age Group: 8 to 11 years of age

Description: Spend your PD Day with NUCodes, a youth-centred coding and robotics initiative at Nipissing University. Each hour of this PD workshop is designed to introduce the fundamentals of robotics including Inputs and Outputs, Loops, Logic, Variables and Functions. Our workshop will use LittleBits, a specially designed robotics kit for all beginner coders. By the end of the PD Day, participants will be able to code their own programs and design their own projects.

Parent/Child Workshops

Parent/Child Workshop #1

Title: Introduction to Kid-Friendly Coding
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Age Group: 5 to 7

Description: We invite children and their parents to engage in an hands-on experience to learn about coding. During this workshop, we will be demonstrating readily available and free software in order to familiarize kids and parents with excellent, affordable resources that can be used at home to teach the foundations of coding. (Please note that our workshops will be using Apple based products for this workshop. IPads and MacBooks will be made available to all participants during this workshop).

Parent/Child Workshop #2

Title: Introduction to Ozobots
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Age Group: 6 to 9 years

Description: Are you interested in introducing your child to robotics? This workshop is for children and parents to explore the world of Ozobots, miniature, programmable robots! We will be showcasing how entertaining and educational the Ozobots are, as well as their compatibility with computers and ipads. These robots can be controlled autonomously, and through colour sensors and hand gestures! We can’t wait to show you the ropes! (Please note that our workshops will be using Apple based products for this workshop. IPads and MacBooks will be made available to all participants during this workshop).

For more information about our 2018-2019 programs, please contact 705-471-9677 or email us

Part of National Network:

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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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