Summer Schools and Camps

The McDonald Institute plans, runs, funds, and hosts several events for science-enthused students at every level of education. We host summer camps for Kingston youth (in person) and for all youth (virtually), and summer schools for national and international undergraduate and graduate students.


IDEAS (Grades 7-9)

IDEAS (Innovation, Diversity, Exploration & Advancement in STEM) Camp is a 5 day camp concentrating on hands-on activities related to astronomy and physics. Meant for youths of all backgrounds and genders going into grades 7, 8, and 9, explore the cosmos and carry out real science experiments with the close guidance of leading female scientists in the field!

Check back for updates about registration for 2022!

Summer of Science (Grades 9-12)

The Summer of Science program is for students of all backgrounds and genders from 14-18 years of age. It is a free and virtual afternoon enrichment program for a small group of high school and middle school students (including students graduating this June). Over 12 afternoon sessions, the Summer of Science program focuses on physics and the process of doing science.

Check back for updates about registration for 2022!

CAPSS (Undergraduate)

The Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) is an intensive week-long undergraduate school that will introduce students to the current topics in the field of astroparticle physics at Queen’s University and SNOLAB.

Application for the 2023 program is opening soon!

GRIDS (Graduate)

The GRaduate Instrumentation and Detector School (GRIDS) offers a diversified learning experience, combining lectures from leading experts with hands-on experience with typical detector and instrumentation technology.

Check back for updates about GRIDS occurring in 2022.