Hands-on science exploration, learning and skill-building for an entire week!
Spend a week at Spark with the entire class! Chevron Open Minds Science School is a week-long educational experience that provides students the opportunity to explore and develop skills to help them grow, collaborate to solve problems and answer some big authentic questions. This unique learning opportunity also helps to spark a passion for learning through STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in many ways:
The 2022-23 school season marks the 25th anniversary of Chevron Open Minds Science School, one of the longest-standing partnerships in the larger Open Minds Program!
For 25 years, the Chevron Open Minds Science School at Spark has been a source of inspiration and learning for over 18,500 students in the greater Calgary area, in collaboration with nearly 700 teachers. And there's no end in site: through 2022-23 and beyond, Science School will continue inspiring young minds to think big, stay curious and use the sheer power of their imaginations to invent a better world, with science at the core.
Learn more about 25th anniversary of Chevron Open Minds Science School.
Learn more about the Spark Team designing K-12 educational programs.
A very special thanks to Chevron Canada for their incredible support of educational programming at Spark, and their dedication to hands-on, community-based learning for students. Chevron Canada has proudly supported Open Minds Science School at Spark since its inception in 1997, as part of their larger cross-Canada Open Minds Program. And by doing so, Chevron Canada has helped inspire thousands of Calgary kids to be curious, collaborative and creative.
Any Calgary teacher can apply! Applications are typically accepted starting in February or March (for the following school year), and are typically due in May.
For the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District, the cost is $1,250 per week. This includes bussing! For independent schools, the cost is $1,500 per week (including bussing).
Details about the application process are found here. Applications are typically accepted starting in February or March (for the following school year), and are typically due in May.
Successful applicants will be required to attend orientations to prepare for their Open Minds week at Spark. Professional development opportunities are also provided to support educators who are accepted into the program.