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VISST Camps

1490 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 4E8
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VISST Camps  

1490 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 4E8

  • Type:
    Day camp, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    STEAM
  • Cost:
    $250 to $325/week
  • Ages:
    8 to 15
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    20 to 30
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    VISST Camps answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    STEAM focused spring and summer camps designed for kids aged 8-15. Topics include Game Design, Animation, Machine Learning, AI, Data Science, Sustainability, Coding and more. At VISST, cultivating curiosity and having fun are explicit goals of our programs and school. Visit our website to find out more or join our mailing list to get the latest camp schedule.

    • Special needs: Not available

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "The Vancouver Independent School for Science and Technology (VISST) is Vancouver's first and only high school that offers an accelerated BC secondary school curriculum in order to create time for more in-depth math and science courses. For example, we offer Computer Science starting grade 8! The camps are created with our philosophy in mind: To nurture skills for the betterment of our society and a focus on the development of skills that are demanded by life and work in the 21st century. Our camps are a unique blend of science, technology, mathematics and social science courses that you can't find anywhere else."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "VISST camp instructors are all experienced educators who are passionate about teaching AND the topics they teach. They have post secondary degrees from the world's leading universities including UBC, UVic, Harvard, University of Queensland, etc."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Spring break camp registration opens in January. Summer camp registration opens in March. We also offer a number of bursaries for families for whom the camp fee may be a barrier to participation. Please contact [email protected] to inquire."

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; VISST Camps currently has 10 programs available; 2 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 14
    Science (multi), STEM
    $250 to $295
    Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Zoology|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Technology, STEM
    $255 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Jul 15-19 $255 - $295
    AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Technology|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 15
    AI (Artificial Intelligence), Python
    $250 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Jul 15-19 $250 - $295
    AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Python|Technology|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 13
    Technology, Science (multi)
    $295 to $500
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Jul 22-26 $295 - $500
    Technology|Engineering|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 13
    Math
    $250 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Jul 29-Aug 02$250 - $295
    Math|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 13
    Programming (multi), STEM
    $250 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Jul 29-Aug 02$250 - $295
    Gaming|Technology|Video Game Design|Video Game Development|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 14
    STEM, Science (multi)
    $240
    Technology|Math|Nature/Environment|Engineering|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 14
    3D Design, STEM
    $250 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Aug 12-16 $250 - $295
    Storytelling|3D Design|Animation|Technology|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 15
    AI (Artificial Intelligence), STEM
    $250 to $295
    Vancouver, BC
    1490 West Broadway
    Aug 12-16 $250 - $295
    AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Technology|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Video Game Design, STEM
    $240
    Storytelling|Video Game Design|Video Game Development|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Nature/Environment, Science (multi)
    $195 to $240
    Social Justice|Nature/Environment|STEAM|STEM
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Animation, Filmmaking
    $195 to $240
    Sculpture|Storytelling|Filmmaking|Videography|Animation|STEAM|STEM



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

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  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of VISST Camps

    our take

    The common thread that unites the wide range of STEAM-focused programs offered by VISST Camps is their commitment to nurturing highly in-demand skills across disciplines such as Machine Learning, AI, Data Science, Game Design, Animation, Sustainability, and Creative Writing. These camp programs are uniquely blended with science, technology, mathematics, and social science courses. At VISST, educators and counselors, most of whom hold PhDs or Master's degrees from prestigious universities, are not only experts in their fields but are also passionate about inspiring the same enthusiasm in their students. Every summer, VISST's math camp provides a stimulating environment where students delve into mathematical challenges, forge new friendships, and develop a renewed perspective on mathematics. Among the distinctive camps offered is 'Deconstructing TikTok', which focuses on educating students about data collection, targeted online advertising, and safe navigation of social media. Additionally, the '2D Game Design' camp teaches students to code and design video games, while the '3D Modeling and Animation' program enables them to create 3D animations using open-source software. VISST's educational approach blends project-based learning with solid fundamentals, preparing students for both academic achievement and real-world applications. The camps are designed to cultivate creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking, ultimately inspiring students to explore and pursue careers in the diverse fields of STEM.


    More reviews of VISST Camps

    H. Khatat, Parent

    Summer Camps 2023

    Read review

    Rebecca Deyell, Parent

    So many great choices

    Read review

    Yoav Rubin, Parent

    TikTok camp

    Read review

    Grade 7 Student, Camper

    I learned a lot

    Read review

    Grade 6 Student, Camper

    My favourite camp

    Read review

    Grade 9 Student, Camper

    Thanks for the awesome camp!

    Read review

    More reviews of VISST Camps


    H. Khatat, Parent

    Summer Camps 2023

    My son attended several VISST summer camps, including the Science Matters and Puzzle Game Programming camps, and had a great time. He loves Science and Technology and the camps increased his love for the topics and encouraged him to explore them further. The instructors are fun and engaging. I would definitely recommend them to everyone ... Show More


    Rebecca Deyell, Parent

    So many great choices

    My daughter, who can't get enough of science, really loved the VISST machine learning virtual camp and is excited to attend some in person opportunities this summer. So many great choices to explore and engage in STEM topics and enthusiastic and knowledgable teachers ... Show More


    Yoav Rubin, Parent

    TikTok camp

    Our kids went to VISST's TikTok camp and they loved it. Mike and Shaun are fantastic instructors who put in the time and effort to make sure every new topic one come learn is digestible. Highly recommend!


    Grade 7 Student, Camper

    I learned a lot

    I learned a lot. Before, I knew nothing about social media platforms, but now, I do. This program really helped me understand socials media platforms. I realized that not only students, but everyone should learn about this because we are in the technology age and we should learn how to protect ourselves from hackers. Otherwise, we will lose our identity ... Show More


    Grade 6 Student, Camper

    My favourite camp

    Something that I would personally like to share with people is how open and immersive this camp is and how kind all the people in it are. It teaches you so much so well and the way Mike and Shaun teach it is amazing. It's so hard to teach a class and coordinate it (which I've learned from my teacher) especially online and how it's something not much of nowadays youth knows about yet it’s so important for us and our family to know. This camp was an extraordinary experience, I learned so much, and I’m glad that I took the time to learn about something so important and helpful. It was so nice to meet all these amazing people and get to know them and it is something I wish for other people to experience. That they take the time to learn about this as it’s very fascinating. This was probably my favourite camp I've ever been to and it gives you knowledge that you will use throughout your life. This was amazing and thank you so much Mike and Shaun for teaching us about this. ... Show More


    Grade 9 Student, Camper

    Thanks for the awesome camp!

    The deepfake lesson was really cool and it got me hooked right in and i was super interested to learn more about it. I liked the oh yay platform that we had the class on, i found it really good for an online class. Almost close to being in a real class. That was really cool. I liked that they are very helpful and kind. They have a good sense of humor and it was just great. Thanks for an awesome camp guys. I had a great time. I would definitely recommended this camp to my friends :) ... Show More


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    Address

    1490 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



    Accommodations

    More details about accommodations: VISST is located in a beautiful heritage building on the corner of Broadway and Granville in Vancouver, BC. We have state of the art classroom and laboratory facilities where students can be curious, creative and strive.



  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Mike Gelbart, Co-Founder and Principal
    PhD, certified high school teacher

    Welcome to the Vancouver Independent School for Science and Technology (VISST). Before founding VISST, I was a computer science professor at UBC where I taught over 25 courses to thousands of students. At UBC I made two key observations. One, that university students are much more comfortable with well-defined short-term tasks than with ambiguity and long-term planning; this, I concluded, is likely a product of our current high school system. And two, I observed firsthand the insatiable demand for computer science at UBC and all universities around the world, which is well beyond our capacity to provide it. This is unfortunate, I felt, because kids are more than capable of learning computer science. Combining these observations with my teaching experience, I decided to create VISST along with a fantastic team. VISST is a non-profit high school in Vancouver that aims to address the struggles I observed in university students and the lack of computer science in high schools. 

    Our pedagogical approach is to combine project-based learning with rigorous fundamentals. The former builds teamwork skills, long-term planning, and comfort with ambiguity. The latter is an essential component to STEM excellence. An overarching theme of our educational philosophy is to have students interface with the real world as much as possible. Whether it is publishing an article, interpreting data from the news, or partnering with a community organization during a project, real-world experiences are motivating and educational. We would consider it a failure on our part if our students are left wondering, "Why am I learning this?"

    Our summer camps follow the same VISST teaching philosophy in a more condensed format. At our camps you will find relevant skills, real-world applications and outstanding instructors. We look forward to having you join us. Welcome to the VISST community.

     



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