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

Thu, June 29 2017 - Friday 30 June 2017: Thunder Bay - Lakehead University
Sat, July 1 2017: Thunder Bay - Waterfront Festival
Wed, July 5 2017 : Sault Ste. Marie - Canadian Heritage Bushplane Museum
Fri, July 7 2017 & Mon, July 10 2017: North Bay - Nipissing University
Wed, July 12 2017: Toronto - York University
Thu, July 13 2017: Toronto - Toronto Public Library - Sanderson
Thu, July 20 2017: Stratford - University of Waterloo Satellite Location
Wed, July 26 2017 - Thu, July 27 2017: Hamilton - McMaster University
Mon, July 31 2017: London - Boys & Girls Club
Thu, August 3 2017 - Fri, August 4 2017: Guelph- University of Guelph
Tue, August 15 2017 - Wed, August 16 2017: Peterborough - Trent University
Mon, August 21 2017 - Tue, August 22 2017: Kingston - Queen's University


Stay tuned for dates in 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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