Prototype Project
Next Program: September-December 2023

Prototype Project

Students building science exhibits, guided by STEAM professionals!


Grades 5–12


10 weeks


Fall session: September to December 2023
Spring session: February to May 2024


$19 per student

Build a science exhibit prototype!

Teachers, it’s time to immerse your students in some seriously super science in Prototype Project! This semester-long program (formerly called DIY Science Centre) includes a combination of classroom visits and experiences at the science centre.

Guided by Spark Science Educators and mentors from the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields, students will build a prototype of their very own science exhibit. Along the way, they’ll dive deep into the design-thinking process and explore a STEAM subject of their choosing. They’ll also have a chance to practice their science communication skills when they show off their exhibits to their family and friends at the Celebration of Learning program grand finale at Spark!

Prototype Project is part of the new Beakerhead suite of education programs, offering dynamic learning opportunities that can go beyond the curriculum.

The registration deadline for the fall 2023 session (including payment) is September 17.

What's included:

  • Teacher PD sessions through video calls.
  • A class fieldtrip to Spark for an introduction to the project and exhibit design workshops led by Spark staff.
  • At least two in-class visits by Spark staff members and mentors to provide guidance to the students and provide feedback on their projects.
  • Ongoing support from a Spark project coordinator.
  • The Celebration of Learning event at the end of the semester, where students will showcase their prototype exhibits.

Concepts uncovered:

  • Design thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Science communication
  • Relevant curricular connections

Timeline for 2023-2024:

Fall 2023: September – December 2023

  • September 25 – 29: teacher orientations (virtual).
  • October 2 – 13: student orientation (at Spark).
  • October 16 – 27: mentor session 1 (in school).
  • November 20 – December 1: mentor session 2 (in school).
  • December 4 – 11: mentor session 3 (in-school).
  • December 12: Celebration of Learning (at Spark).

Spring 2024: February – May 2024

  • February 5 – 9: teacher orientations (virtual).
  • February 12 – 23: student orientations (at Spark).
  • February 26 – March 8: mentor session 1 (in school).
  • April 5 – April 19: mentor session 2 (in school).
  • April 22 – April 30: mentor session 3 (in-school).
  • May 2: Celebration of Learning (at Spark).

Bring innovation to your classroom or home!

Get in touch with Spark to begin your planning. Let's innovate!

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