Science North Goes Virtual


SAULT STE. MARIE: As summer is fast approaching, so is the need for keeping your kids busy, but how does one do that when the majority of kids summer camps have been postponed or cancelled?

Science North in Sudbury has altered it’s science summer camps by going virtual through one hour sessions to keep kids involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In a recent interview done with SaultOnline, Ryan Land, Director of Education and Northern Programs at Science North shares with the public just what is happening at Science North and how parents can get involved with Science at Home.

Land explains that this is an opportunity for children to learn science from the comfort of their homes. In a recent survey collected by Science North, it is understood that kids will not be completely glued to the screen, but will have the chance to explore nature in their backyards.

Science North has organized one-hour zoom sessions for each day starting July 6th, with each zoom session having ten-person maximum participation. The Zoom sessions will be running from multi-locations and as Land mentions in the interview, “We can do as many sessions as we need to do. It’s the registration that drives that.”

It is also identified in the Zoom interview that these Science at Home sessions are for ages 7-12. Land is excited to announce that with these sessions being virtual, this is the first time in Science North history that there are no geographic boundaries.

“No matter how remote, no matter how many kids have registered in the community, even if it’s one from a community. They can register and be a part of the virtual camp.”

Land expresses that Science at Home is offered in English and Fresh and expresses he can see that Science at Home will be a global event. As long as individuals have a strong internet connection, they can register their children.

Further into the interview, Land digs into summer camps and the summer camps offered in the Soo from July 20 through August 31. There has been some discussion, but no decision made in regard to cancelling these events. Science North will have an update regarding the remainder of the summer to you as soon as possible. If these camps continue, Science North will be obeying new regulations set in place to keep staff, children and parents safe.

To finish the interview, the question was asked, will children get the same experience from Science at Home as they would if they went to the Science North facility. Land explains that nothing beats hands-on, but this is a new opportunity for Science North, and maybe in the future, they will stick with virtual sessions to reach more audiences and reach parents and children who may not have the opportunity to explore Science North.

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