K-12 Youth Resources

Explore these resources to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math. Below you'll find games, events, camps, and other fun activities on these topics. 

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The Women in Science and Engineering Game

Supported by WWEST, the Phylo(mon) Project has released a fun card game that focuses on awesome women in STEM, as well as issues pertaining to the challenges around gender equity. The game can be downloaded for free at the link above!


Technovation offers girls ages 10-18 around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. They will learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem.

STEM Career Information

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Let's Talk Science
Let's Talk Science connects educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings, offering camps and workshops to K-12 students.

STEM Outreach Collective
The SFU STEM Outreach Collective is a collection of SFU groups that are focused on promoting outreach and engagement within STEM. Representatives from these groups meet once a semester in order to brainstorm ways to make STEM more accessible for all.

SFU Educational Summer Camps
Computer Camps in Surrey and Burnaby (kids 8-14 years) and 3D Printing Camps in Burnaby (kids 12-17 years)

Girls Exploring Physics
Free physics workshop for girls in grades 9 and 10 at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Science AL!VE
Science in-school workshops, summer camps, and outreach programs at SFU.

Camps & Events

Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, UBC
Offers camps throughout the year, many aimed at girls in grades K-12, with a focus on hands-on scientific inquiry.

Brilliant Labs
Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. They support the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.

Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest
The purpose of this competition is to introduce youngsters from grade 1 to grade 12 to math challenges in a fun and enjoyable way, thus inspiring their further interest and advancement in mathematics.The competition is held yearly in more than 45 Canadian cities.

CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.

EUReKA! Science Program
Science in-school workshops and summer camps at TRU in Kamloops.

GEERing Up!
Engineering and science in-school workshops, summer camps, and outreach programs at UBC Vancouver & Okanagan.

GIRLsmarts4tech is your chance to explore and learn about computer science, with hands-on activities, cool demos, and even some extras to bring home with you at the end of the day.

Ladies Learning Code
A not-for-profit organization with the mission to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders - not just consumers - of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way.

Math Competitions
The CEMC develops and administers many internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science. Interested students should ask their math teachers about these contests.

Science Venture
Since 1991, the University of Victoria's Science Venture program has been delivering innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming to Vancouver Island youth, 5-18 years of age.

A Canadian charity that provides a month-long summer program focused on STEAM to 800 students every year. 

We Count Math Society
We Count Math Society is a registered non-profit based in Whitehorse, Yukon. We Count offers Math Mania events, which are free and open to the public.

Let's Talk Science - University of Victoria
Let's Talk Science connects educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings, offering camps and workshops to K-12 students.

STEM Activities

A Digital List: Helpful Engineering Games
A list of helpful and fun engineering games.

Canada-Wide Science Fair
The Canada-Wide Science Fair brings science, technology, engineering and math out of the classroom - engaging youth in STEM solutions to real world issues.

Center for Computing Education and Diversity
Interactive programming activities to teach Computer Science

CS Unplugged
Games and activites that teach Computer Science

Hands-on coding game for kids aged 3 and up

STEM resources, projects, articles, and career profiles.

Fun apps about math!

Goldie Blox
A multimedia company challenging gender stereotypes with storytelling and STEM.

Learn2code offers structured live online coding classes for kids, taught by students of top tier universities. Learn2Code courses build computational thinking and hone problem solving skills among kids through fun hands-on project-based learning.

Look I'm an Engineer
This playful preschool activity book will unleash your child's curiosity and creativity as they play their way through amazing STEM projects. Little ones have the opportunity to do what they do best: imagine, create, learn, problem solve, and above all, play their way to engineering discovery.

MathPickle.com is a free online resource of original mathematical puzzles, games and unsolved problems for K-12 teachers. It is supported by the American Institute of Mathematics.

A game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine.

Science Experiences Around the House
Education and experimentation doesn’t have to be limited to school. Young people can learn a whole lot about the world around them in the comfort of their own home. There are all kinds of experiments that can be performed to enhance understanding!

Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

STEM Activities Guide for K-12 & Beyond
The National Research Council has shown that early exposure to STEM positively impacts the entire spectrum of children’s growth and development.  Here you will find links to great resources broken out by age, as well as by subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math).

Volunteer Opportunities

We For She NextGen Leaders Program
The NextGen Leaders Program provides mentoring, workshops and inspiration to rally young women in high school to be bold in their careers. In designing this initiative, We for She considered a program that can be easily implemented in schools by teachers and student leaders in partnership with local business organizations.

General Online Resources

Adventures of the Residents of Number Town: Multiply’s Multiple Friends
This video is a whimsical allegory about the impact of mathematics in our everyday life, and the heartwarming value of friendship. Join characters Multiply, Divide, Subtract and Add, and explore their world, Number Town. In doing so, you will learn the creative and fun side of mathematics through analogies and metaphors.

Crux Mathematicorum
Crux Mathematicorum is an internationally respected source of unique and challenging mathematical problems published by the CMS. Designed primarily for the secondary and undergraduate levels, and also containing some pre-secondary material, it has been referred to as "the best problem solving journal in the world". All the problems and solutions are fully peer-reviewed for clarity, completeness and rigour by academic and professional mathematicians. Crux includes an "Olympiad Corner" which is particularly helpful for students preparing for math competitions.

Pi in the Sky
Pi in the Sky magazine is primarily aimed at high-school students and teachers, with the main goal of providing a cultural context/landscape for mathematics. It has a natural extension to junior high school students and undergraduates, and articles may also put curriculum topics in a different perspective.

Science Spiral
A discussion forum that encourages more girls to take an interest in science by having a space where they can discuss and share ideas. Features inspiring stories, discussion questions, and exam tips.

Career Information

A Mighty Girl
Free "Read Question Think" posters for kids.

Bridging the Gap
Twelve videos on occupations in the electricity and renewable energy industry by Electricity Human Resources Canada.

Celebrating Exceptional Women
The Neuro has launched Neuro XXceptional - an exciting new year-long video series featuring women who tell us what drove them to become scientists and clinicians, and what they love about their work.

Couragion provides a fun and engaging application that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games, and self-reflection quizzes.

Discover Data Science
Information about Data Science, as well as programs and resources.

eng•cite E-Mentoring
Our partners at eng•cite and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science offer their newest outreach program E-Mentoring, an online mentoring program that connects girls in BC with women working or studying in an engineering field.

Engineering, Go For It! (eGFI)
Find out about opportunities as an engineer

Finding Ada, "What Kind of Scientist Could I Be?"
Based on research by the Science Council, this poster looks at ten different types of career that scientists can have.

High Schooler's Guide to Preparing for an Engineering College
For students interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), the economic forecast is quite favorable for both careers and college majors. STEM occupations are expected to grow to more than nine million by 2022. Our economy needs STEM graduates who have the entrepreneurial spirit to address challenges in a rapidly evolving global economy.

National Engineering Month
Canada’s biggest celebration of engineering. Over 500 coast-to-coast events for young Canadians to learn about the exciting, fun and rewarding world of careers in engineering.

Nerd Girls
A growing global movement which celebrates smart-girl individuality that’s revolutionizing our future.

Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History
A video series by Feminist Frequency on women in history who challenged stereotypes and smashed the status quo.

Resources for Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics Committee of the CMS is pleased to highlight high quality resources on the web for and about women in mathematics. They have particular interest in resources offered to or by Canadians.

Science and Technology Career Videos
Women in science, engineering and the trades share what they do at work from WISEatlantic, another CWSE Chair.

Video series on incredible women role models. 

Spotlight: Women in STEM
This video series profiles six women in STEM and is part of Science Literacy Week. With the series, they hope to dispel common misconceptions about what STEM is about.

Think Mech for Kids
Find out more about Mechanical Engineering

Geering Up has created a White Paper video funded by WWEST and eng•cite on the reasons you or your child should consider a STEM career. 

A Guide for Women in STEM
Research shows that in order to increase the diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, the pipeline of guidance and inclusion needs to extend from early education all the way through professional development and career support. DDS created a guide for women in STEM to help them succeed.