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Can't make it to the science centre? No, problem!

Surprise and delight with some science that sparkles in YOUR OWN classroom!

Let's face it, nothing shines like students discovering science through hands-on discoveries. That’s why Spark has programs that can be ordered for classrooms for an hour, a day, a whole week or even an entire semester! These programs are unique opportunities for students to engage with science in ways that will expand minds, introduce career possibilities and create lasting connections.

  • GRADES 1-9

Spark to Go

It’s the science centre on a field trip, straight into the classroom! Includes all the bells and whistles from a magic science trunk of gadgets, gizmos and beakers. This is a unique educational experience that closely mirrors what is offered at the science centre.

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  • $550/class (up to 30 students)
  • GRADES 4-6

Cloudy with a Chance of Science

Have you got what it takes to predict the weather?

Over the course of four visits, Spark educators will transform your classroom into a meteorological station, complete with instruments for testing atmospheric conditions and the technology and know-how to create your own weather forecasts. Students will explore weather and climate phenomena using hands-on experiments, local observations, and data collection. And they'll be inspired by climate action around the globe, learning what they can do to help this planet thrive. With Spark educators in your classroom, there's a 100% chance of awesome science!

This program travels within a 50-kilometre radius of the science centre. Includes four flexible classroom visits, based on your schedule. Please note that a minimum of 20 students are needed to run the program, to a maximum of 30.

Curriculum Connections:

Gr 5 - Weather Watch

Gr 5 - ELA: Present and Share

This program is generously supported by the Canadian Association of Science Centre's GenAction Program.

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  • $750/class (up to 30 students)
  • GRADES 5-8

Ready, Set, Robot

This week-long in-school program introduces students, grades 5-8, to the inspiring world of coding and robotics. No coding experience is required! During this week-long program, students go through coding and robotics workshops, learning about the connections between hardware and software, foundational concepts of coding languages, coding literacy and debugging. Flint, Spark’s resident robot dog, will attend the residency kick-off day as a point of inspiration for students, and will also participate in the wrap-up day as the co-emcee to celebrate the students’ work.

This program travels within a 50-kilometre radius of the science centre. Includes four flexible classroom visits, based on your schedule. Please note that a minimum of 20 students are needed to run the program, to a maximum of 30.

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  • $19 per student
  • GRADES 5-12

DIY Science Centre

Time to immerse students in some seriously super science! This program challenges students to build an entire science exhibit with the help of Spark Science Guides and local professionals. Students in grades 5-12 will dive deep into the design-thinking process as they explore science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (otherwise known as STEAM).

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FAQ

    • What are the room requirements for these programs?

      Schools must provide a dedicated, unshared space for the day (think classroom, library, learning commons or something similar) with power access. A projection system or SMART Board would be optimal.

    • Can Spark program go outside of Calgary?

      Unfortunately, for this initial pilot of the Spark to Go offsite programming, participation is restricted to the schools within the City of Calgary.

      To interested schools outside of Calgary: Spark wants to hear from you! Email [email protected] with your details, to help Spark plan for the future classroom programs! In the meantime, please check out some of the award-winning virtual school programs at Spark.

    • What if a program has to be cancelled?

      Cancellations and program transfers are free up to two weeks prior to the scheduled program date. Following that two-week deadline, a $50 administration fee is applied to all cancellations or date changes (though that fee may be waived at Spark’s discretion, in the case of events beyond anyone’s control).

Ever hear of Spark's award-winning Direct From virtual series?

Spark has Direct From virtual programs for all K-13 classes, streaming live from locations like the Rocky Mountains or the West Coast.

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