In-Class Workshops



DiscoverE brings the excitement of science, technology, engineering and math into your classroom! We deliver curriculum-based in-class field trips to schools in Edmonton area (year-round) and throughout Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories (May & June). 

A list of DiscoverE's engaging Classroom Workshops can be found below, along with the relevant price list. Please note that workshop availability may vary in remote and rural communities.

Workshops in the Fall & Winter (September - April) are offered based on availability. Workshops in the Spring (May & June) run Monday to Thursday. We offer workshops in French, click here for more information on our French Workshops.

Half-day booking (2 workshops)  1 instructor team $150
Half-day booking (4 workshops) 2 instructor teams $250
Full-day booking (4 workshops) 1 instructor team $250

Workshop Descriptions

Division One

 

Kindergarten:

 

  • SoundShapes and Senses - Students will learn how to observe the world around then by looking for shapes and using their senses- just like a scientist or engineer! Take home: robot puppet

Grades 1-3:

  • Tiny Tech- Students will dive into the exciting world of computers and programming without requiring a computer lab. Take home: cipher decoder

Grade 1:

  • Learning to BuildThis workshop highlights breaking objects down into basic shapes and analyzing the purpose of each part. Take home: catapult
  • Needs of Animals and PlantsThis workshop highlights the difference between domesticated and wild animals as well as the requirements for plants and animals to maintain life. Take home: self-watering bean plant

Grade 2:

  • Boats and BuoyancyStudents will analyze the buoyancy of different objects as explore how to make non-floating objects float. Engineering challenge: popsicle stick boat that holds a certain weight"
  • Small Crawling and Flying AnimalsStudents will explore the differences between insects and non-insects, looking at the different types and different techniques used by these animals. Take home: small crawling or flying animal model

Grade 3:

  • Sound- This workshop highlights vibrations, volume, pitch, the difference between sound travelling through solids, liquids, and gases, and how the humans hear sound. Take home: popsicle stick kazoo
  • Structures and Design- This workshop highlights the pros and cons of various building materials, strong shapes, and the design and purpose of different types of bridges. Engineering challenge: popsicle stick bridge that spans a certain distance

Division Two

Grade 4:

  • Light and Shadows- Students will explore the difference between luminous and non-luminous objects, shadows, colour, and reflection. Take home: periscope
  • Simple Machines- Students will dive into the world of engineering by looking at wedges, inclined planes, screws, levers, wheels and axles, and pulleys. Engineering challenge: use simple machines to move a block of wood across a desk

Grade 5:

  • Classroom Chemistry- This workshop explores states of matter, phyiscal and chemical changes of materials, and signs of a chemical reaction. Experiment: baking soda and calcuim chloride chemical reaction
  • Electricity- This workshop highlights static and current electricity, conductors, insulators, resistors, and circuits. Take home: conductivity testing circuit

Grade 6:

  • Evidence & Investigation- Students will solve a mystery by analyzing fingerprints, ink (chromotography), handwriting, and footprints.
    Mystery: who is the owner of the winning lottery ticket?
  • Flight- Students will explore air pressure, Bernoulli's principle, and how planes fly. Take home: paper glider
  • Sky Science- This workshop highlights the sun and how its light is seen on Earth, the moon and its phases, and stars and their constellation groups.
    Take home: planisphere

Division Three

Grades 7-12:

  • Microelectronics- Students will solder their own circuit board and learn about various components of a circuit.  A more advanced circuit board is available for the older grades. Take home: small circuit board

Grade 7:

  • Heat and Temperature- This workshop explores the particle model of matter, change of state, thermal energy, temperature, and heat transfer. Engineering challenge: design and build a thermos that retains heat

Grade 8:

  • Light & Optical Systems- Students will explore reflection, refraction, mirrors, and optical devices. Take home: spectroscope        


Workshops offered in French
Please contact our office if you would like to have a workshop delivered to your class in French. In the Spring term (May & June), we are able to deliver almost all of our Classroom Workshops in French!