Youth STEM Camps

The City is offering a series of free virtual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camps for Brantford youth throughout the summer and fall of 2020. These camps aim to inspire youth to develop a passion for STEM and develop skills that will help them pursue an education or career in an emerging field. STEM activities foster ingenuity, creativity, and encourage problem-solving abilities.

Age ranges may differ between programs. Pre-registration with partnering organizations is required as space is limited.

Android App Development

October 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Ages: 10 to 14 years old
Cost: FREE

MIT App inventor is an innovative beginner's introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. The simple graphical interface grants even an inexperiences novice ability to create a basic, fully functional app within an hour or less. 

Register online

If you have any questions, call 519-957-1073. Registration will close at 12am (midnight) on the evening before each session begins. Learn about other STEMOTICS programs at their website.

Arcade Game Building - FULL

October 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Ages: 5 to 9 years old
Cost: FREE

MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels. Develop your programming skills by quickly creating and modding retro arcade games with Blocks and JavaScript in the MakeCode editor. Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is a web-based beginner-friendly code editor to create retro arcade games for the web and for dedicated hardware. As usual with MakeCode, you can either use blocks or JavaScript to build your program in your browser. There’s nothing to install – the games will just work in the browser!

Register online

If you have any questions, call 519-957-1073. Registration will close at 12am (midnight) on the evening before each session begins. Learn about other STEMOTICS programs at their website.

Course VEX IQ Virtual Robot

October 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Ages: 10 to 14 years old
Cost: FREE

We all know that robots make Computer Science (CS) come to life with real world applications. Now STEM learning can continue while at home for students, teachers and mentors with no access to their VEX robots. No software installations required. VEX code VR works in all major desktop and tablet browsers.

Why VEXcode VR?

  • Developing coding solutions with a robot provides a relevant context for engaging students in CS.
  • Robot with sensors and physics integrate CS into STEM.
  • Virtual Playgrounds help to contextualize STEM learning and authentic student inquiry.
  • Activities provide a structured and approachable STEM learning experience.

Register online

If you have any questions, call 519-957-1073. Registration will close at 12am (midnight) on the evening before each session begins. Learn about other STEMOTICS programs at their website.

iRobot Programmable Robot - FULL

November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 9 years old
Cost: FREE

Root® is a fun and easy-to-use educational robot that teaches coding, creativity and problem-solving skills to kids from pre-readers through high school. Problem solving is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Creative, analytical, and seriously fun, a love for coding is one of the best gifts you can give a child. The iRobot® Root® coding robot makes learning to code easy and natural. Using the engaging Root™ Coding App, kids of any age pick up coding fundamentals while they play, explore, and create.

Register online

If you have any questions, call 519-957-1073. Registration will close at 12am (midnight) on the evening before each session begins. Learn about other STEMOTICS programs at their website.