Virtual Workshops

Thank you to our workshop co-hosts!
 

 

 

Thank you to our Skills Ontario Summer Camp Partners!


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This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

 

Through our virtual workshops, participants are led through fun skilled trade and tech-related workshops, demonstrations, virtual tours, speakers and presentations. Sessions are led by Skills Ontario staff and volunteers/partners via Zoom.

Virtual workshops are open to all ages, however, are typically suited to grades 7, 8, and 9, unless otherwise noted. Please reference the event details for more information on the difficulty level for each event. Parent/guardian supervision is strongly recommended for all our virtual sessions. 

Spaces are limited. Each participant should register individually and complete a separate registration request for each event. Please note that signing requesting a space does not guarantee a registration. Emails will be sent to participants every Friday after requests are received, either confirming the registration, or confirming a space on the waitlist. All virtual workshops are currently free, unless otherwise noted on the registration details. 

All participants are required to follow Skills Ontario's Code of Conduct and are encouraged to complete the Virtual Workshop Safety Checklist before each event.

For general inquiries, or to cancel your registration, please e-mail campmanager@skillsontario.com. If you have registered and not received your event link, please let us know. Please note that some email addresses from school boards and others have privacy settings in place that will not receive emails.

 

Calendar

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Calendar

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 Week 1
July 11 - 15

 

Week 2 Calendar
July 18 - 22
Week 3 Calendar
July 25 - 29
Week 4 Calendar
August 1 - 5
 Week 5 Calendar
August 8 - 12
Week 6 Calendar
August 15 - 19

 


Workshop Details

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Agriculture in
Canada
Workshop

 

Related Careers/Skills
Restaurant Manager, Chef, Agronomist, Food Scientist, Soil Scientist


Co-Host 

 

         



Description
 
A broad overview of Canadian agriculture including what grows where, uses of commodities, various production methods, and a general outline of issues in Canadian agriculture. 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.  

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 

 

 

 


 

 


Biotechnology
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
Biotechnician, Scientific Illustrator, Geneticist, Bioproduction Operator 


Co-Host


 


Description
Students will explore and understand the relationship between agriculture and plant breeding, genetically modified organisms and biotechnology. They will weigh a variety of perspectives on the issue of genetically modified organisms and their impact on human health, environment, and society 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12 

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 

 





 

Business &
Economics of Food
Workshop 

Related Careers/Skills 
Agriculture Equipment Technician, Baker, Marketing Manager, Social Media Specialist  


Co-Host
 

 

 

 


Description
Students will explore agriculture and food from a business perspective, including exploring the importance of marketing to the success of a business.

 

 

 

Materials
No materials necessary









 


Careers in
Agriculture
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
Anything from plumbing, electrical, mechanical, scientific, government etc.  


Co-Host

 

 

 


Description
 
Students will learn about the exciting and vast opportunities that exist in the agri-food industry. Students will learn that no matter where their interest lies (whether they are interested in science or business etc.), there are exciting career opportunities in the agriculture sector. 

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 


 

 




 

 

Climate Change
Workshop 

Related Careers/Skills
Climatologist, Soil Conservationist 

 

Co-Host

 

 

 



Description

Participants will investigate the interrelationships between food production and climate change. 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.  

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 






   

Conventional & Organic Agriculture
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
Agronomist, Custom Pesticide Applicator, Chemical Technician, Scientist  

 

Co-Host

 

   


Description
Students critically examine both organic and conventional methods of production, focusing on the use of pesticides. 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.  

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 

 










 


DIY Facial Mask and Nails
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills
Esthetician 

























   


Description
In this workshop, participants will make a homemade facial skin mask, apply it, and learn to paint their nails. 

 

Materials 

  • 1 teaspoon honey  
  • 1 banana (organic preferred) 
  • ¾ cups whole milk 
  • knife 
  • small bowl 
  • measuring spoons 
  • blender 
  • nail polish 
  • timer/phone 
  • access to running water 

 

Optional Materials

  • paint brush for mask application 
  • hair band 
  • nail polish base coat* & top coat 
  • Mirror 

*If using nail polish base coat, please apply prior to workshop commencing. 

 

Required Skills 

  • Knowledge of how to use a blender 
  • Basic knife cutting skills

   

Food Security
Workshop

 

Related Careers/Skills
Food Stylist, Policy Analyst, Food Distribution Coordinator, Supervisor

 

Co-Host

 

 

Description
Students will explore the factors that contribute to local and global food security and critically review methods which work to eliminate food insecurity. 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.

 

Materials
No materials necessary

 

 

Sécurité alimentaire

   

Please click "Francais" at the top right corner of this webpage to view all workshops being held in French.

 


Fruit Cutting Fondue

Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills
Chef/Cook 

 




 



















   


Description
 
In this workshop participants will learn how to create fruit critters and the perfect chocolate sauce to munch them with! 

 

Required Materials

  • cutting board 
  • sharp knife 
  • butter knives (2) 
  • apple 
  • banana 

 

For the chocolate sauce: 

  • stovetop 
  • saucepan 
  • mixing spoon 
  • sealable container or bottle for storage 
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 1/3 cup water 
  • 1 cup half and half cream or milk (non-dairy is fine) 
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

 

Required Skills 

  • Basic knife cutting skills 

 

 

 

GoIT App Design 
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
Graphic Designer, IT careers 
(Sector: Technology) 

 

Co-Host



   

Description 
In this workshop, participants will learn about design thinking, UI/UX and design a simulated app that solves a community issue. Lead in partnership with GoIT, a digital engagement program where students learn how technology and computer science play a role in many careers. 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 6-9.  

This is a multi-day session, beginning at 2:00 PM each day of March Break (Monday to Friday). Registered participants should plan to attend all 5 sessions. On the last day of this week – long session, participants will be given the opportunity to present their final project to the group to show off their app design!  

 

Materials 

  • Access to an e-mail address to login to code.org
  • A desktop/laptop computer is recommended 

 


Health & Safety Awareness Presentation

Virtual Speaker 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
This workshop covers safety skills that are transferable to all careers! 

 

Co-Host

 

 

Description 
To deliver health and safety awareness to new and young workers, or school-aged children. The idea is to help students identify health and safety concerns in the world around them and act in an appropriate manner after assessing the related risks.   

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.  

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 

 








 
Introduction to Digital Mapmaking with QGIS

Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
Information Systems (GIS), Cartography, Computer Skills, Digital Design, Spatial Skills 


Co-Host










  Description 

This digital mapmaking activity is targeted at map lovers who have little to no experience creating maps digitally using geographic information systems (GIS). Participants will get to create a topographic map of Algonquin Park and (if time permits) a thematic map displaying Canada’s population by province, all using real-world data. While all maps require key elements such as a title, legend, scale bar, etc., participants are encouraged to be creative with their maps and to make them their own. At the end of the workshop, participants will be provided with additional resources should they wish to delve further into the world of GIS. 

 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12.  

 

Materials 

  • Keyboard 
  • A mouse (optional but highly recommended) 
  • A computer running any operating system except for Chrome OS 
  • QGIS (a free GIS software) should be installed on the computer prior to the start of the workshop (details below): Prior to attending the workshop, participants should download version 3.16 of QGIS (the most recent long-term release) using the standalone installer here: https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html. QGIS is a free, well-maintained, and powerful GIS software that works on both Windows and Mac. QGIS does not work on tablets, smartphones, or Chromebooks. 

 

Skills Required 

  • Basic computer skills 

 

 


Learn to Build a Paper Cargo Plane

Workshop 

  

Related Careers/Skills 
Aircraft Mechanic/Technician 
(Sector: Motive Power) 

 







 

Description 
In this workshop participants will build a paper airplane, and test out how much cargo their plane can hold. 

 

Materials 

  • 1 Piece of paper 
  • Tape (any kind) 
  • 6 dimes 
  • Measuring tape 

  

Required Skills 
Dexterity, basic math skills, and the ability to use/read a measuring tape. 

 

   

Learn to Build a Kite
Workshop 

  

Related Careers/Skills 
Engineer/Design 
(Sector: Motive Power) 

 


















 
Description

In this workshop, participants will build a kite using basic supplies and will decorate their creation, allowing their creativity to shine through. 

 

Materials 

  • newspaper or kraft paper 
  • scissors 
  • twine or string 
  • tape or glue (tape recommended if your string unravels easily) 
  • 2-3 sticks that are 2-3 feet long, one slightly shorter than the others (balsa wood sticks recommended) 
  • small knife for carving notches into the sticks 

 

Optional Materials

  • stickers 
  • markers 
  • tail ribbon 
  • extra sticks and paper 
  • Paint and paintbrushes



 

 

Learn to Make a Pizza
Workshop 

  

Related Careers/Skills 
Chef 
(Sector: Motive Power) 







































   

Description
In this workshop, participants will learn to make pizza dough from scratch and prepare their favourite toppings to create their perfect custom pizza. 

 

Required Materials 

Equipment 

  • oven 
  • sturdy pizza pan or baking sheet 
  • mixing bowl  
  • mixing spoon 
  • measuring cups 
  • measuring spoons 
  • cutting board 
  • chef knife 
  • cheese grater 
  • oven mitts 
  • rolling pin 

 

Dough 

  • 4 cups flour + more for dusting 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 2¼ teaspoon instant yeast (or one package) 
  • 1½ cups warm water (about 40 degrees C) 
  • 1/3 cups olive oil + more for proofing & preparing pizza pan 

 

Toppings (choose 2-6 preferred toppings) 

  • favourite prepared pizza sauce 
  • mozzarella cheese (or preferred cheese) 
  • pepperoni (or other prepared/cooked meats) 
  • onions 
  • mushrooms 
  • bell peppers 
  • jalapeño peppers 
  • pineapples 
  • olives 
  • spinach 
  • garlic 

Required Skills 

  • Know how to use an oven 
  • Basic knife skills 
 


Local Food
Workshop 

Related Careers/Skills
Agronomist, Scientist, Transportation, Health, Retail 

 

Co-Host


 

   

Description
Students examine the health, economic, social and environmental benefits of eating local as well as the challenges it presents 

This activity is intended for participants in grade  7 - 12 .
 

Materials 
No materials necessary 







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Please click "Francais" at the top right corner of this webpage to view all workshops being held in French.

 

Plant a Seed
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills
Horticulture Technician 





   

Description
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of planting seeds and gardening. 

 

Materials 

  •  Planting soil (highest quality is recommended) 
  • Plant potter of any size 
  • Seeds (any type of seeds will work) 
  • Water 
  • Water jug or cup 
  • Trowel gardening hand tool 

 


Skills For YOUR Future Work
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills
Transferable employability skills 

 

Co-Host

 

   

Description
In this interactive workshop, students will explore the connections between their high school courses, extracurricular activities, and other life experiences as transferable employability skills. Students will gain an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on all sectors in the workforce including how employers are hiring. Using Unearth Education Éveillée’s 7 Influencer Wheel, students will identify their current SKILLS and learn about career exploration resources. 

 

Materials
No materials necessary 

 

 



 

Skilled Trades Gameshow
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills 
This workshop includes simple hands-on challenges that are transferable to many Skilled Trade & Technology Careers. 

 











   

Description
In this workshop participants will participate in a variety of timed challenges to explore the skilled trades. 

 

Materials 

  • 1 Balloon 
  • 10 Cheerios 
  • 1 Set of chopsticks or 2 food skewers 
  • 10 stackable cups (ex. red party cups) 
  • 2 Dimes 
  • Masking tape  
  • 5 marbles or 5 small toy cars 
  • 1 Circle shaped cookie  
  • 3 Sewing needles 
  • 1 Piece of thread (approximately .5 Meter) 
  • 1 Small ball of playdough or sticky wall tack 

 

Required Skills 
Dexterity 


 


Technology & Innovations
 
Workshop 

 

Related Careers/Skills
Biotechnician, Agriculture Engineer, Robotics, Computer Science 

 

 

Co-Host

   

Description
Students will critically examine the impact that agriculture technologies have on crop yields, the environment, cost of food, on farm workers etc. These technologies could include the use of robotics, precision agriculture, unmanned aerial vehicles, geospatial mapping, 3D printing etc.
 

This activity is intended for participants in grade 7-12. 

 

Materials 
No materials necessary 








 


Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Workshop 

Related Careers/Skills 
Baker 

 


































   

Description
In this workshop, participants will learn about kitchen safety through making their own vanilla cupcakes and buttercream frosting from scratch. 

 

Required Materials

  • electric mixer or mixing bowl and spoon 
  • oven 
  • mixing bowl 
  • mixing spoon 
  • muffin pan 
  • cupcake liners 
  • toothpicks 
  • measuring spoons 
  • measuring cups 
  • oven mitts 
  • piping bag and tips 

 

For Cupcakes 

  • 1 1/3 cups flour 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1 and ¼ teaspoon baking poweder 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • ½ cup butter, unsalted 
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream 


For Frosting
 

  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream 

 

Optional Materials

  • Cooling rack 
  • Rubber spatula 
  • 1 gel food colour 
  • sprinkles

 


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