Please visit again in the New Year for Summer program innovation.


Experience Innovation @ UTS is offering families a roster of online camps to choose from this summer! Each program will deliver half day sessions (variable times) to engage and inspire learning in new and challenging areas.


Grades listed refer to the student's current grade (2019-2020 school year).

Check the technical requirements for our summer programs.

Learn about cancellation insurance and financial assistance options.



Grades 7 to 12
Online session 1: July 6 to July 10
Online session 2: July 13 to July 17


This camp is for you if you...


☑️   Like science             

☑️ Have an interest in research           

☑️ Are interested in the brain 



In order to offer students a safe and stimulating environment our Labs are moving online this summer. With a continued focus on neuroscience and understanding the brain, we will offer students the opportunity to develop their lab skills through the use of a virtual animal model, to learn about lab design and experimentation.

Our Explorers (Grade 7, 8, 9) will develop their lab techniques, to develop an appreciation for the research process and develop critical thinking and design skills for a greater understanding of how science is applied.

The Researchers (Grade 10, 11 12) will focus on independent lab design to foster skills in data gathering and analysis to give students a deeper understanding of how neuroscience knowledge is utilized.

Explorers and Researchers will be co-learning neuroscience concepts and conducting experiments in separate breakout rooms to further extend their learning. Everyone will also have the opportunity to "meet" guest speakers who will provide a fascinating glimpse into the real world of neuroscience in Canada and how understanding your brain helps in all aspects of learning.

Financial assistance available for those who qualify.




Grades 7 to 10
Online session 1: July 20 to July 24

This camp is for you if you...


☑️ Are passionate about world health issues           

☑️ Have an interest in working with medical professionals         

☑️ Are a problem-solver




The offers a specially designed curriculum for middle and high school level students (students who have completed Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10) who want to understand critical health challenges facing our world’s people and environment

Young students who want to learn and think about how they can contribute to making our world better are eager to participate in the . Instructors include health care practitioners, researchers and advocates from around the world.

The program will include information on economic, political, legal, ethical and health problems faced by world populations for campers to think about solving and in so doing become an agent for change; an advocate and global citizen!

This program is in collaboration with the Global Health Education Initiative (GHEI) at Postgraduate Medical Education at University of Toronto, OISE Master of Education in Teaching students and leadership from University of Toronto Schools. For more detailed information, please visit the .


At the Global Health Mini-Masters you will:
Join friends and make new friends!
Learn from leaders in Toronto and around the world who are working on big ideas in global health.
Learn why equality, equity and diversity matter in global health.
Work in small groups to research and develop ideas to solve a global health problem.
Share your ideas with your peers, family and friends at our GHMM Summit on Friday July 24.





Grades 6 to 8
Online session 1: July 20 to July 24

Online session 2: July 27 to July 31

This camp is for you if you...


☑️ Enjoy research           

☑️ Are a team player           

☑️ Like to speak in front of a group



If you are new to the art of debate, this summer program is ideal to get you ready to think on your feet. Students will work with seasoned debaters and coaches to learn about core debate skills. This program offers students the ability to learn the basics needed to understand Canadian parliamentary debating. Whether you are seeking to get involved in competitive debate or just want to feel more comfortable speaking in public, this program is sure to build confidence in your skills.


No debate experience necessary!



Grades 6 to 9
Online session 1: July 13 to July 17
Online session 2: July 20 to July 24

This camp is for you if you...


☑️ Are a problem-solver         

☑️ Like to think outside the box    

☑️ Want to change the world!



Who are the people who bring about great changes in our world? How do they do it? Inspired by Getting Beyond Better, the book by Roger L. Martin and Sally R. Osberg, participants in the I-Think Summer Institute will explore the mindsets and tools of social entrepreneurs. These inspiring leaders—call them disrupters, visionaries, or change makers—develop, build, and scale their solutions to bring about truly lasting social change. But to succeed in bringing about that change requires a different kind of thinking. I-Think offers students who really want to change the world the opportunity to learn to think like a social entrepreneur and apply Integrative Thinking to a real-world challenge.


Grades 5 to 12
Digital City Session 2: June 29 to July 3
Digital City Session 3: July 6 to July 10
Digital City Session 5: July 20 to July 24
Digital City Session 6: July 27 to 31



☑️ Want to tackle problems facing cities in the 21st Century
☑️ Want to practice design, data and collaboration skills 

☑️ Like getting outside to explore your neighbourhood

☑️ Are interested in the environment, well-being  and sustainability



This online and outdoor camp offers a series of hands-on activities for investigating and improving local neighbourhoods through collaboration and design . Sessions are taught through Google Classroom and Google Meet by trained teachers with experience in e-learning and civic education, using Maximum City’s YouthScore and KidScore platforms which have been used for assessing the child-friendliness of cities worldwide.

Camp registration is open to ages 8-18 but campers will be grouped by age for activities. Camp activities will take place online with daily self-guided outdoor activities where possible and permitted.





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Grades 7 to 9
Online Session 3: July 6 to July 10



This camp is for you if you...


☑️ Are interested in photography     

☑️ Are creative

☑️ Want to explore the art and science of photography



Through daily challenges and explorations of our own immediate environments, campers will build understanding of the aesthetics of photography. Campers will learn the technical components of the camera, how to use both natural light and studio lighting, and the power of framing to create impactful images. Campers will be introduced to the basics of Photoshop and Lightroom. Our week ends with a digital exhibition of camper work.

Campers will have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the session which includes Photoshop and Lightroom and other Adobe creative software.

Required equipment:
1) Digital camera or phone camera
2) A computer with the following minimum requirements as listed here on the .


Grades 7 to 9
Online Session 2: July 27 to July 31

This camp is for you if you...


☑️ Are interested in photography     

☑️ Are creative

☑️ Want to explore the art and science of photography



Building on techniques from Photography: Capturing Light (participation in that camp is not required), campers learn to enhance their imagery and explore the power of photo editing software. Campers will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through daily challenges and to think of each project as an opportunity to make a statement artistically. Our week ends with a digital exhibition of camper work.

Campers will have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the session which includes Photoshop and Lightroom and other Adobe creative software.

Required equipment: 
1) Digital camera or phone camera 
2) A computer with the following minimum requirements as listed here on the .


Grades 7 to 9
Online Session: July 13 to July 17
Online Session: July 27 to July 31



High school is the final step in preparing students for their post-secondary education and eventual career path. As students prepare to attend the best post-secondary institutions the need for high-level knowledge in executive functions such as time management, study and research, and presentation skills, is increasingly important. This interactive, hands-on course will give students a head-start in these areas before they enter high school by equipping them with tools used by the most successful students. Students will also be introduced to secondary and post-secondary course requirements as well the world of scholarships.




Technical Requirements


There are certain specifications that a student laptop should have in order to participate in online summer programs. They are:

Operating System: Windows 10 or MacOS are required. Chromebooks are not recommended because they cannot run certain development environments and other software that may be required in courses.

Battery Life: The laptop’s battery should be able to last at least the length of the program, which is roughly 4 hours.

WiFi: Laptops must be able to connect to 5 GHz wireless networks. This is an obscure specification so it is important to check this with vendors to make sure the laptop supports either the 802.11an or 802.11ac wireless standards.

Storage: We recommend at least 128 GB of SSD storage technology (as opposed to slower HDD storage). If students are working with larger files (movies and HD photos), we recommend a minimum SSD capacity of 240 GB.

Display: A minimum screen resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD) is recommended.


Network (WiFi)

Proximity: You should be within the same room as your primary wireless , preferably with an unobstructed view of it (where possible). Things like concrete and metal can wreak havoc with WiFi transmissions

Environment: If you need to be seen / heard in an online meeting, ensure that others in your home are not using the majority of your network’s available bandwidth - eg) online gaming and video streaming have the potential to wreak havoc on a simultaneous Google Meet for you.

Channel / Band: If your broadcasts networks on both ‘bands’, use the 5GHz band rather than 2.4GHz; although 2.4 can cover a greater distance area, the 5G band offers faster speeds and less traffic collisions (your service provider can walk you through managing these settings, or you can Google it if you are feeling adventurous!)

Close Apps & Tabs: Having many applications and browser tabs open during your meeting uses finite resources on your laptop. Have only the meeting tab open if possible, and only have applications (PowerPoint, etc.) open that you need for your meeting.

Update your computer:  and install them in the evening. Restart your computer when prompted. This avoids updates being downloaded during the day and using bandwidth. when you experience any issues in the browser (Google Meets included).

Keep in mind, a key factor in all of this is the level of service you are paying for from your Internet Service Provider - Bell / Rogers / Techsaavy / etc. The more robust the service package, the better your network should perform. You should be able to find details about this service level from the ISP.




Registration Protection

Protect your investment! Registration Protection is an opt-in offer from Active Network that enables registrants to purchase coverage for the total cost of their registration. If a registrant is unable to attend their session for a reason covered by the Registration Protection offer, they may contact Booking Protect to file a refund application and receive compensation





Financial Assistance

Experience Innovation @ UTS GATE Initiative


Gaining Access Through Enrichment


University of Toronto Schools (UTS) welcomes interested students to attend our Experience Innovation programs in 2021.


Sometimes families need a little help, and UTS would like to lend a hand!


Eligible students could receive one of a limited number of grants available for summer programs, which may include the cost of lunch and transportation. Before submitting an application, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

• Your child must have completed the appropriate grade level for the program you are interested in.

• You must have a teacher ready to act as a reference on behalf of your child. You will need to share their contact information.

• You must have a copy of your child's most recent report card.


Interested? .


If you are not able to use the online application, please send an email to to be sent a hard copy application form or call 416-946-5334 to make a request.


Application deadlines:

March 2021 programs: December 15, 2020

Summer 2021 programs: April 26, 2021.






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