DIY Science Centre

DIY Science Centre

Students building science exhibits guided by STEAM professionals


$19 per student

Designed for grades 5-12

Students grades 5-12 are encouraged to register

Program Start Date

September 27 - December 8, 2021

Get students excited about science with a prototype challenge!

DIY Science Centre will be officially be offered in-person this semester! Staying innovative!

DIY Science Centre challenges students to build their own science exhibit guided by Spark staff and local professionals. This semester-long program empowers students to build, test, and collaborate! . This program will end with a celebration at Spark showcasing the prototypes from various participations schools.

***DIY Science Centre will be offered in person, pending government COVID-19 restrictions.


  • $19 per student

What's included

  • Introductory welcome event
  • A choice of 3 experiences (workshops and tours)
  • In-class visits by Spark staff and STEAM experts to guide students through the process
  • Celebration of Learning at TELUS Spark to showcase exhibits

Teachers, reserve your spot now and pay later!

With the changing and challenging environment, Spark is open to helping teachers meet their needs. Email [email protected] to discuss payment options and timelines.

Meet the STEAM Professionals

Robin Owens

(Geo)Physicist Superstar

Robin is a recently retired oil-industry (Geo)Physicist who firmly believes that science education should be fun for kids of all ages! Spark asked him how and here are some of his awesome examples.

"Much of physics can, with a little thought, be made to look like magic. For example, magnets that make something levitate: Newton's laws of motion making water rockets launch into the air; heat that powers movement in a simple engine. Add planet earth into the mix and we get magnetic fields causing Northern Lights; Mantle convection causing plate motion - which gives rise to earthquakes (and how to survive them), tsunamis (and how to survive them too

Throw 'Life' on Earth into the mix and I think we get the 'perfect storm' - how the physical planet facilitated the origin of Life in the first place - how Life has subsequently altered those conditions (eg by Oxygenating the atmosphere) - how the planet 'fought back' (anthropomorphism !!) and caused multiple mass Extinctions - and how Life has invariably recovered, albeit in a sometimes radically altered way (no more dinosaurs !!). And the story is far from over..."

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Maura Graham

Engineering Wizard

Maura is an explorer and curious human. She started off her career with Imperial Oil, coding in assembler. Living through the Y2K hype she moved onto consulting for Omnilogic, a small start-up; clients included Canadian Pacific Railway, Imperial Tobacco and Pratt and Whitney. Her formal education in computer engineering helps her to make sense of the world.

As a young girl, Maura always asked “why”. She believes in STEM learning for all, inspiring others to ask their own “why” questions and search out the possible answers.

She is a keen hiker and cyclist. She is often heard saying “let’s continue on, and see what is around the next corner!”

Maura joined Spark as a volunteer in October 2019. Her interest in mentoring and coaching youth in robotics competitions was ignited through her most recent work with FIRST Robotics and then Community Robotics Training Association. She continues to share her passion for prototyping, exploring and experimenting with the Spark DIY Science Centre project.

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Jesse Bains

Lifelong Learner

Jesse is an inquisitive mind. He started of his career as a mechanical engineering designer in the HVAC industry and then moved on to work in the remote power generation field and is currently heavily involved in the technology community in Alberta. He helps small to medium sized technology companies develop and commercialize their products. These companies range from all industries from oil & gas, clean tech, robotics, forestry, logistics and unmanned vehicles.

Jesse joined Spark as a volunteer in November 2019 as a mentor to students with their prototyping design projects. He truly believes that STEM is crucial to today’s youth and an advocate to introducing more exposure to STEM related learning activities to all age groups. One of the mains reasons for him to begin volunteering in the Spark DIY Science Centre project was to share his knowledge in mechanical engineering design concepts and help students harness their creativity.

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DIY Science Centre is made possible thanks to the generous support of ConocoPhillips.

Bring innovation to your classroom or home!

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