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Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Who are we?
    We are a STEAM- based education program focused on life sciences and biology. Our passion is biology and our goal is to foster curiosity in kids for the living world around them and their role in it. These fledgling biochemists, molecular biologists, doctors and astrobiologists are the future, and we want to give them the foundational skills to reach their potential using a fun, engaging and hands-on approach.
  • What is the format of the BioTroopers lesson plan?
    The format is designed to encourage kids to critically think, make decisions and solve problems, in addition to learning biology concepts. Our lessons have been developed with experts from the specific fields with years of real life experience to ensure the experience is authentic. Each day of the week will have an exciting theme (eg. genetics, forensic biology, paleontology etc), and we will use the Scientific methodology (more on this here: https://www.britannica.com/science/scientific-method) to understand each day's topic. Following background research and asking the research question, the students will formulate a hypothesis and test it using hands-on experiments. Kids will fill in their observations (such as images from under a microscope) and conclusions into a lab notebook (support will be provided to the younger ones as needed) which they’ll bring back home to share with the family.
  • What age group of kids can register for the program?
    We are currently enrolling Grade 1- 4 kids into the 2023 spring break program. Future plans include expanding the curriculum to higher grades.
  • What is the student to instructor ratio?
    We aim to have a maximum of 4 students per instructor to ensure individual attention is provided to each student, and the content and pace of instruction is adjusted to each student's level.
  • When does registration open for the 2023 Spring Break Camp?
    Spring break camp details are on the Registration page. We are accepting registrations now, and will be actively sharing details on social media in early January, 2023.
  • Will BioTroopers be conducting summer workshops in 2023?
    Yes! BioTroopers will be offering summer workshops in 2023 with updated curriculum, so our spring break alumni continue to have new content and new things to discover! More details and location will be announced closer to date.
  • Will BioTroopers be conducting after-school classes in 2023-2024?
    Yes! BioTroopers will be offering after school programming starting September 2023 through the school year. More details and location will be announced closer to date.
  • Can I schedule a meeting to learn more?
    Absolutely- we would be happy to connect! We highly encourage you to reach out at info@biotroopers.com to schedule a meeting where we can answer all your questions.
  • What programs are currently offered and what is the schedule?
    We conduct camps (spring and summer), in-school and after-school workshops. We are currently working hard on designing an exciting summer camp! When and Where: 9AM - 4PM from July 5 - July 14, 2023 at St. Paul's Church, Oakville and July 24 - 11 Aug, 2023 at Grace United Church, Burlington. What we will do at camp: Our summer camp covers three exciting weekly themes - What's in your Genes, The Incredible Human Body and Biology Matters! We will explore these themes using experiments, activities, art and music. The end of the week will culminate in a poster presentation done by the kids to share with parents and loved ones what they've learned throughout the week. In addition we will have special guests each week (such as a paleontologist!) to give kids a chance to interact with experts from the field, and ask them their buring dinosaur question! To get enrolled, please visit our registration page.
  • What are the BioTroopers in-person safety guidelines?
    We prioritize safety of our students, their families and our staff. See below our safety guidelines: 1. All COVID-related guidelines will follow provincial and federal guidelines to stop the spread of the virus: a. Hand-washing policy is in effect b. If staff member is unwell, they will stay at home c. Face masks are optional. Anyone in class should feel fee to wear a mask at any given point. We can provide these upon request. d. If a student is unwell and showing symptoms of illness, they should stay home. 2. Our staff have experience working with kids and have recent police check clearance certificates. 3. We encourage kids to bring their own water bottles and a nut-free snack. Food sharing among kids is not allowed. 4. The experiments involve working with soil, organic materials such as fruit and vegetables, mud, sand etc. Students will be required to wear a lab coat, and use disposable gloves and safety goggles when required (these will be provided). Parents will be provided a consent document to read over and submit prior to their child attending camp. 5. If your child has any allergies, please let us know so we can plan for this accordingly. 6. Students will be supervised fully once they are dropped off until pick up. We encourage you to let us know if you will be late for pick up so we can plan accordingly. 7. The classroom and work benches will be cleaned and sanitized at he end of the day and in between classes. High-touch areas will be frequently sanitized. If you have any questions about our safety protocol, please reach out to us!
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