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Exploring Science, Art and Business

Discover new interests and exciting careers

Since the founding of Explorations in 1982 by a group of McGill University professors, this renowned child-centered and experience-based camp has welcomed children and adolescents from age 5 to 19. The camp is divided into three sections; Junior, Intermediate and our senior Panorama program. Our Panorama offerings take summer learning and engagement to a higher level. They are designed to appeal to curious and more independent adolescents from ages 14 to 19. Each group is led by a current McGill graduate or graduate student with academic and work-related studies related to their particular activity.

A Panorama of Science
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The Panorama of Science

To be led for the fourth consecutive year by McGill PhD science student Farren Larson, participants will visit professors and graduate students at local faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture and more. They will be taken on a rollercoaster ride through some of Montreal’s most amazing research facilities and meet the cool scientists who are driving this research.
Farren will demystify the scientific process and establish accessibility to all areas of scientific inquiry. The Panorama of Science represents a remarkable opportunity for adolescents, who are considering further studies or even an eventual career in science. It is also an excellent activity for the merely curious minded who are open to new experiences.
There will be some classroom and lab participation. However, for the most part, “field trip” visits will be the featured activity. Most of the sites we will visit will be within walking distance or a short bus ride away from our downtown morning meeting place. Occasionally, we will hire a local charter company so that we can access more distant sites and venues.

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The Panorama of Business

McGill Faculty of Law student and Graduate of the Desautels School of Business, Diana Stepner is returning for her second year to lead participants through visits to local businesses while meeting with International business professionals and local entrepreneurs. It is Ms. Stepner belief that “Business is a part of our everyday lives. We buy our products from them, we work for them, and some of us even start our own. Together we will learn about the world of business by analyzing what makes some of the world's best businesses unique and successful, while hearing from industry professionals and top entrepreneurs, as we visit the amazing business district of downtown Montreal. We will explore the role of business in society, and how businesses benefit our community.” Ms. Stepner will also discuss how to manage personal finances with the help of a guest consultant from a well-known financial planning group (it is never too early to be exposed to financial literacy).
Most of the sites we will visit will be within walking distance or a short bus ride away from our downtown morning meeting place. Occasionally, we will hire a local charter company so that we can access more distant sites and venues.

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A Panorama of Arts and Culture

McGill graduate student, musician and local private school teacher Leon Yu, will introduce participants to local artists and performers at which time they will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of engaging in the pursuit of creative expression. Participants will develop a greater appreciation of what it is to self-identify as an artist

Visits are scheduled for various museums, galleries, theatre and performance locales, film and music studios as well as outdoor music and performance venues. This unique module offers an unparalleled authentic Montreal experience. Participants will assemble daily at McGill’s Roddick Gates to then set off to chosen sites and activities that best represent the Arts and Cultural scene in Montreal and surrounding area.

Participants will also meet local artists and performers and have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of engaging in the pursuit of creative expression. Participants will develop a greater appreciation of what it is to self-identify as an artist.

Sites to visit such as la Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Maison Symphonique, the McGill Conservatory, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The National Film Board Studios, Place de Spectacle, the Fine Arts departments, galleries and studios at Concordia and Dawson College and the McGill Conservatory of Music, as well as other locations to be confirmed later.

Most of the sites we will visit will be within walking distance or a short bus ride away from our downtown morning meeting place. Occasionally, we will hire a local charter company so that we can access more distant sites and venues.

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What's in a Day?

The Panorama programs are designed for high school and CEGEP students who are passionate about science, business or arts and are seeking to enrich their understanding and experience in various fields of study. Our aim is to help cultivate your potential by introducing you to current research, university programs, possible career paths, and enthusiastic role models.
Senior campers from Secondary IV to CEGEP go as a group to as many as 30 different departments at McGill University, including off-campus places of interest such as Mont Ste-Hilaire, museums, and more. Graduate students and professors talk about their research on a myriad of different subjects. Campers are given opportunities to visit labs and research centres at universities around the Montreal area.
Our Senior Campers usually meet in the morning at Roddick Gates at McGill University as it is in close proximity to many of the activities. The Program is divided into two Sessions, and students can choose Session 1, Session 2 or Both Sessions as the activities do not repeat.

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Highlights from Last Year

Trapeze Physics!

We absolutely loved the trapeze training! Every single one of us tried it out and some of us went at least 4 times. There was an instructor present who showed us how to hang by our knees and do a flip off the bar. She used the opportunity to teach us about several physics topics (like center of mass, pendulum motion, and momentum) and how they apply to the body.

Butterfly Survey

We really enjoyed the Butterfly survey we did at the Botanical Gardens as well. Dr. Larrivee, who works in the Insectarium was super nice and offered to give us a behind-the-scenes type view of the research they do. We went into the field with him and his assistant and collected data on the butterfly species in the area. He showed us how and where to find different species and how to hold them without damaging their wings. He also helped us interpret the data we found to make conclusions about ecological stats.

Bee Club Visit!

The visit to the Bee Club (apicultural association) was well worth the trek out to MacDonald campus. The members were so amazing, 4 different grad students and a Ph.D. student all went out of their way to give us personal presentations on their research. We got to wear real bee farming gear and use a “smoker” to get up close with the bees. Best of all we got to eat as much fresh honey as we wanted straight out of the beeswax.

Chemistry Day

Our chemistry day was probably our number one day. We spent the morning at Dr. Haffenden’s labs where we got to do a bunch of experiments with food chemistry. We got a tour of the labs before they stuck us in an actual flavor testing lab room where we got to create our very own flavor of slushies and truffles.

In the afternoon we visited the McGill Chemistry Outreach program. We got to see the labs and classes and met with some students and teachers. We got all dressed up in lab coats and goggles and ended up learning about the chemistry of combustion which means a lot of colorful flames and explosions, including testing the basic ingredients of industrial grade fireworks!

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Topics

Chemistry

McGill’s Inorganic chemistry professor Audrey Moore does research on magnetic nanoparticles. Professor Moore uses impressive words like nanocatalysis, imidazolium, hydrogenation, and mono-dispersion—but she’s so smart she can make her research easily understood by the rest of us.

Entomology

McGill’s Lyman Entomological is the second largest insect collection in Canada and includes 2.8 million bugs! They even have a live insect laboratory.
With bee populations declining around the world, the McGill Apicultural Association is devoted to increasing awareness and interest in bees. They look after bee hives that are set up on the McGill campus and teach courses on how to care for your own honeybees.  

Astrophysics and Aerospace Engineering

McGill astrobiology professor Hojatollah Vali investigates certain biomarkers that could suggest ancient biological activity in extraterrestrial materials. One of the courses Professor Vali teaches even includes a unit that explores whether ufo sightings are science or legend!
With Montreal being the world’s fourth largest center of aerospace manufacturing, McGill’s Institute for Aerospace Engineering is an amazing place to get a look at what exactly “rocket science” is really all about.

Geology

Professor Reinhard Hesse studies deep sea geology. He investigates giant rock samples drilled from the ocean floor, looking for tiny microscopic creatures in the sediments.
Ingrid Birker is the curator of the invertebrate fossils and plants at Redpath Museum. Some of the programs she runs at the museum are so popular she’s gotten calls from people across the country wanting to attend!  

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