Camp Descriptions

These activities are tentative and subject to changes as we are still in the development and testing phase for camp projects. Please note while there will be changes each year due to different instructors and leaders, the main itinerary of these summer camps does not change significantly from year to year.

2018 camps will run for 4 weeks in July/August. Registration will open in March 2018.

Have any questions? Please check our FAQ page for more information, or contact us at camps@phas.ubc.ca / 604-822-0596.

Fun with Physics Camp

Age: going into Grades 2-4 in the fall (completing Grades 1-3 by June 2018)
Dates: TBD
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

This camp introduces students to topics such as light, sound, electricity and force and motion through demonstrations and hands on activities. Emphasis will be on the physics in our everyday life. Learn about molecular structure through crystals, electricity through building simple LED flash lights and mini robots, pressure through rocket building, waves with musical instruments and fluids with tornado tubes! Daily outdoor games and two pool sessions are also included. The week ends with a physics show complete with ice cream made from liquid nitrogen. Back to Top

Astronomy Camp

Age: going into Grades 4-6 in the fall (completing Grades 3-5 by June 2018)
Dates: TBD
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

This camp is ideal for students interested in learning more about our universe. Students will view the stars in a planetarium, observe the sun using a solar telescope, and learn the requirements of good rockets and landers through hands-on activities. They will study and build their own telescopes, and experience weightlessness during their swimming and scuba diving session! Expert astronomers from UBC’s Department of Physics & Astronomy will talk about exciting new discoveries in astronomy. The week includes two pool sessions, daily outdoor games and the physics show and ice cream party. Back to Top

Advanced Physics Camp

Age: going into Grades 5-7 in the fall (completing Grades 4-6 by June 2018)
Dates: TBD
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

This camp covers similar topics as Fun with Physics but with more advanced activities such as building a dimmable tricolour LED flashlight, visiting the anechoic chamber, and completing motion detector activities. Students will be challenged to build cardboard boats that float in the pool, learn about how energy is generated, and will experience concepts of pressure and buoyancy through a scuba diving lesson! The week includes two pool sessions, daily outdoor games, visits of UBC’s research labs, and a fabulous physics show.Back to Top

Physics and Computer Science Camp

Age: going into Grades 8-10 in the fall (completing Grades 7-9 by June 2018)
Dates: TBD
Time: 9 am to 4 pm

This camp is run in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science. For the computer science component, students will explore the fundamentals of the web and learn how to create and style their own websites. They will discover the tools and designs necessary to make an app while exploring core concepts in computer science. The physics component will include the building of complex electrical circuits, designing items to be printed using a 3D printer, visiting university laboratories, and an introduction to particle physics. Students will also learn about buoyancy and weightlessness while scuba diving. This week includes two pool sessions, daily outdoor games, guest speakers, laboratory visits, and the fabulous physics show.

The 3D printing portion of the camp is sponsored by:
Logo-Tinkerine
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Camp Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your child’s reservation before two weeks prior to the start of the camp, we will refund your payment minus a $25 administrative fee. We will not give any refund for cancellations after this time.

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