School Programs

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Now Booking 2015/16 School Programs.

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About School Programs at TELUS Spark: 

TELUS Spark is a different kind of Science Centre. It’s a place where visitors and students are encouraged to ignite their passion for discovery and to explore the extraordinary. We don’t just convey information. You are encouraged to pave your own path and discover answers through a participatory approach to all programs and exhibits. We believe that fostering and celebrating innovative and critical thinking is the key to inspiring generations of Albertans and Canadians to explore interests and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Sparking a passion and igniting a curiosity in children in these areas is at the forefront of our school programming at TELUS Spark. Coupled with a creative and artistic environment, we are building for the future of our community by growing the 21st century skills needed to further our city, the province, the country, and the world.

Please note that School Program rates are discounted. Memberships, promotions, discounts or coupons may not be redeemed for School Program Bookings.

What will your students experience?

The School Programs are inspired by research in inquiry-based learning. They are relevant to the Alberta Program of Studies and have strong connections to our daily lives. We provide the space and tools to foster questioning and exploration. You and your students bring unique perspectives, passion and creativity.

  • School Workshops will provide hands on, in-class experiences, designed to encourage open-ended exploration, inquiry and participatory investigation by your students.
  • Live Demonstrations connect students to exciting phenomena, explorations and experiments that could not happen in a classroom.
  • Live Science Theatre help younger students find connections between science and creativity in a safe and dynamic atmosphere.
  • HD Digital Dome Shows including Live Planetarium Shows and movies. See our full lineup.
  • Free time exploring of our 5 exhibit galleries allow your students to engage with over 100 different experiences.
  • Explore spatial learning, body-on experiences and even physics in The Brainasium, our Outdoor Park.

TELUS Spark has hosted just over 70,000 students through School Programs in 2014, and we look forward to growing your experiences with us throughout the year. Join us on an inspiring journey through the overlapping worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

New Programs for 2015/16: 

Cataract Extraction and Lens Implantation

Presented in partnership with the GIMBEL EYE CENTRE.

Join us for the latest addition to our popular “Direct From” series! In this surgery, a clouded lens is removed and replaced with a new lens using leading-edge procedures and technology. Click here to learn more.

Math in Motion: Shapes and Patterns

Math has never been more fun! Engage your students with mathematics through dance in partnership with DJD (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks). Explore shapes and patterns through movement in this 60 minute unique learning experience. 

Action, Reaction Contraption

Due to popular demand this program is now a year-round offering. Design, build and test elements of Chain Reaction Machine. Nothing says STEAM and design thinking more than this 90 minute program.

3D - Design This

Go figure - there's math in design! Offered for students in grades 7-9 this 60 minute program will encourage your students to think and work within a 3D environment. Using 3D printed shapes students will build objects that they can recreate and manipulate in design software.

Distance Learning Workshops

Design a game or explore three-dimensional objects in digital space through our distance learning workshops! Or join our live Knee Replacement Surgery program through videoconferencing. Click here to learn more.

Direct From

In these live and interactive programs, junior high and high school students will watch a close up, guided view of a surgery as it's happening - and hear first-hand responses to their questions from the surgical team involved. The surgery is streamed on a 24 foot screen to an audience of 100-150 students. Learn more.

Homeschool Programs: 

All School Programs are available to Homeschool groups! We look forward to welcoming Homeschoolers to TELUS Spark.

Registration for the September Homeschool Day is now open. Learn more.

Chevron Open Minds Science School: 

The Chevron Open Minds School Program at TELUS Spark moves students out of the classroom and into the vibrancy of the science centre for an entire week.  Through the program, teachers, students, TELUS Spark staff and volunteers come together for an immersive experience that acts as a catalyst for an interdisciplinary approach to learning.  

For information regarding the Chevron Open Minds Science School, contact:

Details about the program and application process can also be found here.