Keep your kids engaged this summer with Virtual Summer Camps powered by TELUS
Nothing can stop summer camp! TELUS Spark, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, TELUS, and Microsoft are joining forces to bring science camps online with the launch of Virtual Summer Camps powered by TELUS. As physical distancing guidelines evolve at different paces throughout the country, these camps (available to children across Canada) provide access to a world-class STEM-based learning program this summer.
TELUS is providing funding, programming, Microsoft software and hardware, and other resources necessary to provide an effective, engaging experience for campers. In addition, TELUS will provide connectivity for families in need in Alberta and British Columbia through its Internet for Good program, helping to remove barriers for youth to participate in the Virtual Summer Camps.
What virtual camp is all about
Ideal for kids ages five to 14, Virtual Summer Camps powered by TELUS are slated to run from July 6 to August 28. Campers engage in activities, experiments, lessons and live discussions in STEM-related focus areas, including engineering and math, coding, space and astronomy, sports and nutrition, nature, and more.
From learning the basics of coding with Minecraft: Education Edition and tinkering with inventions to honing storytelling skills with journalists and getting outside to experience nature and discover local ecosystems, each session will provide campers with opportunities to keep their minds sharp with fun, creative, and challenging activities and lessons.
Meanwhile, to encourage girls’ engagement in STEM learning, Virtual Summer Camps feature curriculum specifically to engage girls from all walks of life, identities, and lived experiences to feel a sense of belonging with peers in a focused learning environment. This programming includes daily explorations of women’s contributions to science, chances to interact with women working in STEM fields, and socializing with like-minded girls who talk science.
Campers will utilize a variety of platforms throughout the camp to interact with one another, complete projects, and engage with instructors.
TELUS Optik TV Learning Hub: This Learning Hub on TELUS Optik TV features content from various renowned sources, like weekly live streams from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, that will supplement campers’ programming with educational tutorials, immersive experiences, and more. This content is also now available to all TELUS customers, 24/7 via the Optik TV Main Menu or channel 611.
Microsoft Teams and Minecraft: Education Edition: Campers will have access to a suite of Microsoft Education tools, and leverage Microsoft Teams for live sessions, Minecraft: Education Edition for virtual coding sessions, and an array of other engaging apps and tools.
TELUS Wise digital literacy education: To help ensure campers are mindful of their digital footprint during the virtual camp experience and beyond, campers will have access to online TELUS Wise workshops, covering important topics like online reputation, social media safety, cyberbullying and more.