The Government of Canada has announced a grant for Actua to support a nation-wide Innovation150 tour in 2016-2017. The tour features traveling science and technology exhibitions and workshops, city-wide festivals, and dynamic online opportunities.

Tour Stops

Schedule not finalized and subject to change.

Locations and Dates

Tue, 8 Nov 2016: Richmond, ON - Richmond Public School
Mon, 21 Nov 2016: London, ON - Antler River Elementary School
Tue, 22 Nov 2016: London, ON - Boys and Girls Club of London
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 - Sun, 27 Nov 2016: Kitchener Waterloo,ON - Perimeter Institute
Wed, 30 Nov 2016: Ottawa, ON - Launch
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 - Fri, 6 Jan 2017: Victoria, BC - Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Mon, 10 Jan 2017: Sooke, BC - Belmont High School
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 - Thu, 12 Jan 2017: Nanaimo - Cedar Community Secondary School
Friday, 13 Jan 2017: Sooke, BC - Edward Milne Community MakerSpace
Sat, 14 Jan 2017: Victoria - University of Victoria, Science Venture Club
Tue, 17 Jan 2017: Vancouver - Future of Work - Digital Innovation for Generation Now
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 - Tue, 24 Jan 2017: Vancouver - Festival - Science World
Sat, 28 Jan 2017: Burnaby - Eng*Cite, University of British Columbia
Mon, 30 Jan 2017: West Vancouver - Collingwood School
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 - Tue, 31 Jan 2017: Vancouver - Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre afterschool drop-in
Wed, 1 Feb 2017 - Fri, 3 Feb 2017: Port Coquitlam - Terry Fox Secondary School
Sat, 4 Feb 2017: Vancouver - Simon Fraser University, Science AL!VE
Thu, 9 Feb 2017: Kamloops - Kamloops Christian School
Sat, 11 Feb 2017: Kamloops - Thompson Rivers University, EUReKA! Science Programs
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 - Thu, 16 Feb 2017: Prince Rupert - Charles Hays Secondary School
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 - Thu, 23 Feb 2017: Whitehorse - FH Collins Secondary
Sat, 4 Mar 2017 - Sun, 5 Mar 2017: Fort St. John - Northern Lights College
Thu, 9 Mar 2017 - Fri, 10 Mar 2017: Yellowknife - École St Patrick School
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 - Fri, 17 Mar 2017: Grand Prairie - Charles Spencer Secondary School
Fri, 24 Mar 2017: Fort McMurray - Westwood Community High
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 - Sat, 1 Apr 2017: Saskatoon - ED Feehan Catholic High School
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - Tue, 11 Apr 2017: Yorkton - Yorkton Regional High School
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 - Tue, 19 Apr 2017: Cranberry Portage - Frontier Collegiate
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 - Wed, 26 Apr 2017: Brandon - Brandon University
Mon 1 May 2017 - Thu 4 May 2017: Winnipeg - Manitoba Museum
Tue 9 May 2017 - Wed 10 May 2017: Moose Jaw - Lindale School
Thu 18 May 2017 - Sat, 20 May 2017: Regina - University of Regina, EYES Canada Wide Science Fair
Thu, 25 May 2017: Lethbridge - Catholic Central
Fri, 26 May 2017: Lethbridge - University of Lethbridge, Destination Exploration
Wed, 31 May 2017: Red Deer - Innisfail High School
Sat, 3 Jun 2017: Edmonton - Telus World of Science Edmonton
Sat 10 Jun 2017: Calgary - Telus Spark
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 - Thu, 22 Jun 2017: Prince Albert - Venue TBD
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 - Friday 30 June 2017: Thunder Bay - Lakehead University, Superior Science

Stay tuned for dates in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick!

Workshop Offerings

Actua’s Innovation150 Workshops are designed to engage grade six to twelve* youth in meaningful and enriching experiences that foster a nationwide culture of innovation and builds their capacity and confidence to create a better future for Canada. The 1.5 - 2 hour-long Maker Mobile workshops are made locally relevant through exposure to local innovators and innovations. Youth will design and build with sophisticated maker tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, micro-controllers, and block programming while they solve real-world challenges.

*unless otherwise stated.

What’s the difference between a good idea and an innovation? How do you become a maker, an innovator? In this hands-on workshop participants will work in groups to design, iterate and prototype a product that can make the automotive industry safer in Canada, or improve their school experience. On the way they will learn the skills and attitudes of Canadian problem solvers and entrepreneurs before them. This 60 minute workshop is perfect for youth grade 3 and up and can be completed using recycled materials, craft supplies, and basic (or sophisticated) maker tools!

How do you move from being a consumer of technology to a producer of technology? You gamify learning and design the front-end and back-end of an app! Using Swift, the programming language of all Apple products, this workshop will give participants first-hand experience coding on iPads and designing the user interface for their own app idea. Everyone can code with the help of Actua’s Maker Mobile team and Apple Swift. The Everyone Can Code workshop requires a minimum of 1 hour to complete.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of digital design by going behind-the-scenes with laser cutting technology. Using hands-on, kinesthetic math games, students discover how laser cutters use vectors, rastering, and run-length encoding to quickly prototype innovations and turn ideas into reality! Students will then apply this by prototyping robots modeled off of Canadian innovations using tools laser cut during the workshop.

Hardware and software come together in this offline programming and design challenge. Using visual “block” programming participants will write simple programs and then build physical interfaces to interact with them using little bits, makey makey and Arduino microcontrollers, all customized to the age of the participants. Youth will interface with weather stations to create programs that alert communities to potential weather hazards. The Internet Everywhere workshop requires a minimum of 1 hour to complete. No internet connection is required for this workshop.

Designed to introduce concepts of the engineering design process, youth will learn to plan, prototype, experiment, and refine ideas to solve challenges faced by their local communities. The workshop will culminate in a design and build challenge where youth will bring their ideas to life with the help of 3D printers.  In this workshop participants will explore food security and see how 3D printers can ensure all Canadians have sustainable access to healthy food and clean water. The Innovation Generation workshop requires a minimum of 1.5 hours to complete.

Maker Mobile Team

The Maker Mobile

is making its way across Canada from West to East, beginning in Victoria, British Columbia in January 2017, heading right across to St. John's, Newfoundland in the Fall and back to Ottawa for December 2017. Are you interested in having the Maker Mobile visit your community? Please Express Interest in hosting here | For more general information about the Maker Mobile, please contact makermobile@actua.ca.


Actua is Canada’s leading STEM outreach organization representing a network of 35 university and college based members who annually inspires over 225,000 youth in 500 communities in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. Actua focuses on engaging underserved and underrepresented youth through customized national programs for girls, youth in remote and Northern communities, Indigenous youth, and youth facing socioeconomic challenges.



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