Telus Spark School Programming

Telus Spark Science Center Support Programming

Telus Spark School Programming


Telus Spark Science Centre Education Programs exists to entertain people of all ages in creative encounters with science and technology. Through visits to Spark, and encounters with Spark in the community, people feel lifted up by the positive power of curiosity, experimentation and problem-solving. Focusing on the education side we run a myriad of programs for school-aged children both as an extension to in-school learning and for out of school experiences. Both areas include a myriad of offerings that broadly appeal to children of all ages, but primarily of the ages 5 – 12.

The Telus Spark School and Day Camp Support volunteer opportunity will focus on supporting the educational activities that are run at the science centre. This will likely manifest in being a supportive hand working with children as they navigate pedagogical activities and working with classroom management in school programming as well as camps.

School programs run usually 60 to 90 minutes and have one class focused on a particular subject. This program delivery is supported by setup and takedown, supply preparation, and greeting schools.

Camps run all day on days when school is not in and intersperse classroom activities with exploration in the science centre, taking in movies in the dome theatre, etc. The programming is supported in a similar way to schools with a lot of support of the classroom management and navigating the children through the science centre.


All Bachelor of Education Students 


Support delivery, logistics, and prep of all curriculum-based activities that occur at the science center


PD Day Camps: Weekdays, AM or PM shifts

Telus Spark School Programming: Weekdays through semester


Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Dr NE

Telus Spark PD Day Camps

Jan 30, Feb 3, Feb 16-17, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 27-31

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM or 12:30 - 4:00 PM 

This session will include but not limited to supporting program delivery, logistics, and prep of all curriculum-based activities that occur at the science centre. The age range of student participants will be 5-12 years

There are different day offerings for this session. You can attend more than one session 

Program Location: Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Dr NE 

Telus Spark School Programming Support

Weekdays Throughout Winter Semester 

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

(can work shorter shift 9-12 PM if preferable) 

This session will include but not limited to supporting program delivery, logistics, and preparation of all curriculum-based activities that occur at the science centre. The age range of the participants will be 5-16 years 

Program Location: Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George’s Dr NE 


What's involved

In both the school and camp programs the students would be responsible for the following to support the Spark staff that are leading the programs:

  • Supporting the delivery of the program
  • Assisting students/campers in the activities to aide in their success
  • Assisting with classroom management
  • Assisting with greeting schools (providing an orientation to Spark)
  • Working with children as they engage with the science centre, helping them in the galleries and as an extra hand to move children through various locations
  • Supporting the set-up and take down of programming
  • Supporting the prep of programs (more relevant on days when programs aren’t scheduled)


  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1, 2021). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.
  • Participants will be required to sign a volunteer agreement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine a variety of approaches to teaching and learning in non-traditional educational settings
  • Examine how educators apply teaching concepts in their daily work
  • Examine how teaching and learning take place in other contexts
  • Gain experience working with youth in a classroom setting
  • Model positive behavior for children, youth, teachers, and parents

Werklund Dates and Times


Applications: November 20 - December 3, 2023

Werklund Orientation:

  • Monday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom) 

Winter Placements Start: early January (program dependent)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: 

  • Monday, January 29, 9:30 am - 10:30 am (in-person) or 
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Zoom)

Werklund Wrap-Up Session:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom)

Winter Placements End: mid-March (program dependent)

Telus Spark School Programming Dates

  • Orientation and Training: early January, based on volunteer availability
  • School Programming:
    • Weekdays throughout the semester

    • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (can work shorter shift 9-12 too if that is preferable)

  • PD Day Camps:

    • 9:00 - 12:30 (AM shift) or 12:30 – 4:00 (PM shift)

    • Runs on Jan. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 15, Feb. 16, Mar. 8, (also on Apr. 19, May 17 after the formal program has ended)

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 20 hours to this opportunity.

Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their volunteering experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund student experiences later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the community placement experience and to guide improvements for the program.

Service-Learning group

Winter 2024 applications are now closed.

Interested in applying for a future semester?

  1. Log on to Elevate and go to My Werklund Experiences > Courses/Programs
  2. Find the Service-Learning program and click Apply
  3. Complete the Service-Learning Application

Download an application guide here.

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