Venture is a summer program that immerses children in grades1-8 in engineering, science and technology. Our curriculum develops problem solving skills and engages kids through experiments, hands-on projects, and fun, education based activities. Venture aims to get children interested in pursuing engineering.
LEAP introduces students entering grades 9 through 12 to each of the engineering disciplines during the summer months.
Our curriculum encourages the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through labs, lectures, projects and fun education-based activities.
Students are introduced to engineering and get a feel for the university experience.
Our Girls Club was created to inspire young women to develop their passion for science and leadership skills through hands-on activities, challenging projects and interactive lectures.
Our Jr and Sr Girls Clubs introduces girls in grades 1-8 to a range of disciplines in science, technology and engineering in a comfortable, all female environment. Our friendly and enthusiastic instructors are female undergraduate students offering specialized knowledge and a passion for teaching and learning.
Students in grades 1-8 participate in hands-on science and engineering projects on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. Our curriculum is created to develop confidence and excitement around engineering and science and is led by Instructors who are passionate about teaching.
Students build their own robot and learn programming commands during Robot Experience Day. Kids are paired up and given plenty of time to explore robot design and programming.
GO ENG GIRL is dedicated to raising awareness about the engineering profession to girls in grades 7-10. More than 125 girls participate in hands-on workshops and meet with guest speakers who provide interactive presentations. Our goal is provide the knowledge and encouragement necessary so that these students consider engineering as they plan their futures.
Each year, girls from different Girl Guide troupes in Hamilton and the surrounding area complete Venture workshops to earn one of their Science badges.
Through Venture, students from SNAP connection, participated in a day long workshop in the summer of 2012. We provided fun and educational activities, which taught kids about science and engineering. This was a new outreach program in 2012.
Another 2012 initiative was Venture's workshop with the Eva Rothwell Centre. The Eva Rothwell Centre provides programs and social services to children in the north end of Hamilton. Venture's hands-on activities were a huge hit with the students and taught them a lot about engineering and science.
Kids designed and built cars from scratch and raced them against their friends when Venture visited the Flamborough YMCA during summer 2012. The kids had a blast and learned some basic engineering while building this project. Venture's goal is to make engineering fun so that students consider pursuing it as they get older.
Venture also conducted a workshop for Camp Stella Puella
where girls were spent the day learning about engineering and science.
Venture's initiative to provide science and engineering enrichment to aboriginal students has been very successful. So far venture reached more than 1,200 aboriginal youth through summer camp bursaries, Cultural Science Day, and workshops completed at Six Nations and Oneida of the Thames.
Venture partners with the Student Success Centre at McMaster in order to deliver workshops to students in grades 7 to 9, selected from Hamilton and surrounding communities. All students are selected based on having a desire to learn while having financial need or learning disabilities.
Venture has partnered with McMaster’s Altitude Programs to provide a three day camp for students in grades 6 to 8.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programming including team building activities and hands-on engineering activities.
Venture and LEAP put on an hour-long presentation/ show for the participants and visiting schools at the BASEF Science Fair conducted at Mohawk College, with a total of over 1000 students. A Venture and LEAP camp bursary was also awarded to deserving participants for innovative projects.
The Hamilton Boys and Girls Club
Venture has partnered with the Hamilton Boys and Girls Club to reach inner-city youth through weekly evening clubs. Each club has 15-30 participants at three different locations. Actua and McMaster's Faculty of Engineering have generously supported this initiative.
Visions of Science
Venture partnered with Visions of Science to promote science and technology in the Black, African Caribbean, Diaspora and underrepresented minority communities through a day of interactive programming.
Every year Venture staff delivers a day of workshops to children between ages 8 and 12 at the Arcelormittal Center as part of their March break camp.