At UTS Summer Camps, students aged 10 to 18 can choose from a variety of full-day programs that will shape their understanding of how the world works and how they can work in the world in exciting areas from science to debate, health to entrepreneurship, engineering to global citizenship.

 

Contact us at camps@utschools.ca with any questions!

 

 

 

Grades listed refer to the student's current grade (2020-2021 school year).
Check the technical requirements for our summer programs.
Learn about financial assistance options.
See our cancellation policy.


 

Animals and Art

Grades 5 to 7
July 5 to July 9
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

$370/session

 

This camp is for you if you...

 

☑️ Love animals of all kinds           

☑️ Want to develop your art skills, regardless of your current ability         

☑️ Are interested in boosting your creativity

Register today!

If you love animals and want to learn more about them through making art, then this might be the perfect camp for you. Artistically, we will be focusing on sketching and drawing to explore topics such as line, shape, form, value (light/dark), and texture. Additional art activities will also be offered. Guest speakers will present about efforts around the world to protect and cherish animals, including farm animals, wildlife, and companion animals. You will gain an expanded sense of empathy, a renewed love for animals of all kinds, and an enhanced confidence and skill set in visual art. All levels of art experience and skill are welcome!

 

Virtual sessions include:

 

 

 


 

Bright Lights in the Lab

Grades 7 to 9
July 5 to July 9

​10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$470/session

 

This camp is for you if you...

 

☑️   Like science             

☑️ Have an interest in research           

☑️ Are interested in the brain 

 

 

**Bright Lights in the Lab has reached full registration! Please email camps@utschools.ca to be placed on the waitlist. Funding is still available for scholarship students who qualify.**

Learn about the brain while taking care of it!

 

In order to offer students a safe and stimulating environment our Labs have moved online. With a continued focus on neuroscience and understanding the brain, we will offer students the opportunity to develop their lab skills through the use of a virtual animal model, to learn about lab design and experimentation.

 

Our Explorers (Grade 7, 8, 9) will develop their lab techniques, to develop an appreciation for the research process and develop critical thinking and design skills for a greater understanding of how science is applied.

 

Campers will have the opportunity to work with a university-level neuroscience software to design their project. They will be co-learning neuroscience concepts, conducting experiments, participating in brain training games in breakout rooms to further extend their learning. In addition to our daily programming, students will also be learning about the impact of mindfulness techniques and find ones that they can incorporate into their daily routine.

 

Hear what students who attended our Summer session have to say in our latest video.

Financial assistance available for those who qualify. Click here to learn more

 


 

Debate and Public Speaking

Grades 6 to 8
July 5 to July 9

​10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$370/session

 

This camp is for you if you...

 

☑️ Enjoy research           

☑️ Are a team player           

☑️ Like to speak in front of a group

**Debate and Public Speaking has reached full registration! Please email camps@utschools.ca to be placed on the waitlist.**

If you are new to the art of debate, this summer program is ideal to get you ready to think on your feet. Students will work with seasoned debaters and coaches to learn about core debate skills. This program offers students the ability to learn the basics needed to understand Canadian parliamentary debating. Whether you are seeking to get involved in competitive debate or just want to feel more comfortable speaking in public, this program is sure to build confidence in your skills.

 

No debate experience necessary!


 

Integrative Thinking

Grades 6 to 9
July 12 to July 16  (FULL)
July 19
 to July 23  (Some spaces still available)

​10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$370/session

 

This camp is for you if you...

 

☑️ Are a problem-solver         

☑️ Like to think outside the box    

☑️ Want to change the world!

Register today!

Who are the people who bring about great changes in our world? How do they do it? Inspired by Getting Beyond Better, the book by Roger L. Martin and Sally R. Osberg, participants in the I-Think Summer Institute will explore the mindsets and tools of social entrepreneurs. These inspiring leaders—call them disrupters, visionaries, or change makers—develop, build, and scale their solutions to bring about truly lasting social change. But to succeed in bringing about that change requires a different kind of thinking. I-Think offers students who really want to change the world the opportunity to learn to think like a social entrepreneur and apply Integrative Thinking to a real-world challenge.

 

Photography: Capturing Light

Grades 7 to 9
July 12 to July 16
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$370/session

 

This camp is for you if you...

 

☑️ Are interested in photography     

☑️ Are creative

☑️ Want to explore the art and science of photography

 

Register today!

Through daily challenges and explorations of our own immediate environments, campers will build understanding of the aesthetics of photography. Campers will learn the technical components of the camera, how to use both natural light and studio lighting, and the power of framing to create impactful images. Campers will be introduced to the basics of Photoshop and Lightroom. Our week ends with a digital exhibition of camper work.

Campers will have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the session which includes Photoshop and Lightroom and other Adobe creative software.

Required equipment:
1) Digital camera or phone camera
2) A computer with the following minimum requirements as listed here on the Photoshop Adobe system requirements page.

 

 

 


 

 

Technical Requirements

 

Computer/Laptop
There are certain specifications that a student laptop should have in order to participate in online summer programs. They are:

Operating System: Windows 10 or MacOS are required. Chromebooks are not recommended because they cannot run certain development environments and other software that may be required in courses.

Battery Life: The laptop’s battery should be able to last at least the length of the program, which is roughly 4 hours.

WiFi: Laptops must be able to connect to 5 GHz wireless networks. This is an obscure specification so it is important to check this with vendors to make sure the laptop supports either the 802.11an or 802.11ac wireless standards.

Storage: We recommend at least 128 GB of SSD storage technology (as opposed to slower HDD storage). If students are working with larger files (movies and HD photos), we recommend a minimum SSD capacity of 240 GB.

Display: A minimum screen resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD) is recommended.

 

Network (WiFi)

Proximity: You should be within the same room as your primary wireless access point / router, preferably with an unobstructed view of it (where possible). Things like concrete and metal can wreak havoc with WiFi transmissions

Environment: If you need to be seen / heard in an online meeting, ensure that others in your home are not using the majority of your network’s available bandwidth - eg) online gaming and video streaming have the potential to wreak havoc on a simultaneous Google Meet for you.

Channel / Band: If your access point / router broadcasts networks on both ‘bands’, use the 5GHz band rather than 2.4GHz; although 2.4 can cover a greater distance area, the 5G band offers faster speeds and less traffic collisions (your service provider can walk you through managing these settings, or you can Google it if you are feeling adventurous!)

Close Apps & Tabs: Having many applications and browser tabs open during your meeting uses finite resources on your laptop. Have only the meeting tab open if possible, and only have applications (PowerPoint, etc.) open that you need for your meeting.

Update your computer: Check for Windows updates and install them in the evening. Restart your computer when prompted. This avoids updates being downloaded during the day and using bandwidth. Update Chrome when you experience any issues in the browser (Google Meets included).

Keep in mind, a key factor in all of this is the level of service you are paying for from your Internet Service Provider - Bell / Rogers / Techsaavy / etc. The more robust the service package, the better your network should perform. You should be able to find details about this service level from the ISP.

 

 

 


 

 

Financial Assistance

Experience Innovation @ UTS GATE Initiative

 

Gaining Access Through Enrichment

 

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) welcomes interested students to attend our Experience Innovation programs in 2021.

 

Sometimes families need a little help, and UTS would like to lend a hand!

 

Eligible students could receive one of a limited number of grants available for summer programs, which may include the cost of lunch and transportation. Before submitting an application, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

• Your child must have completed the appropriate grade level for the program you are interested in.

• You must have a teacher ready to act as a reference on behalf of your child. You will need to share their contact information.

• You must have a copy of your child's most recent report card.

 

Interested? Apply online.

 

If you are not able to use the online application, please send an email to camps@utschools.ca to be sent a hard copy application form or call 416-946-5334 to make a request.

 

Application deadline for Summer 2021 programs: June 1, 2021

 

Note: Experience Innovation @ UTS GATE financial assistance is only available to Canadian residents.

 

 

 

 

 
Cancellation Policy

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any Experience Innovation @ UTS program. We strive to let clients know if a program has to be rescheduled or cancelled well in advance of the start date.

If UTS cancels, clients will be contacted and rebooked for another program of the same or similar program. In the case of a UTS cancellation, registrants may also request a full refund.

If a client cancels, all cancellations prior to the cancellation deadlines listed below, are subject to a fee of $50. No refunds will be issued after June 15th for summer programs and February 15th for March Break programs.

Cancellation requests may be submitted by phone, email, online or in person. If you have any questions or concerns about our cancellation policy, please contact us at camps@utschools.ca or at 416-946-5334.

 
 
 

 

 

 

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