Many community partners seated in a lecture room.
Community partners around an activity table.

Welcome to McMaster’s Children and Youth University. MCYU aims to activate a dynamic community of educators, community partners as well as youth and their families to share in the discovery that comes through the understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Our long-term goal is to encourage youth to become empowered and engaged citizens.

MCYU programs provide the unique opportunity of making higher education fun and accessible to all children and youth.




 MCYU offers FREE monthly, Saturday morning lectures, on McMaster University’s Main St. Campus. Lectures are delivered by University Professors from all areas of STEAM, designed to encourage youth to QUESTION – DISCOVER – CREATE. Question the world around them, Discover their potential, Create amazing future opportunities.


Post Lecture Activities

 Everyone learns in different ways, and learning is enhanced when students get to experience the excitement of discovery. MCYU has partnered with the McMaster chapter of Lets Talk Science to offer post-lecture, hands-on activities that relate to the lecture topic. This hands on learning experience helps make the information from the lecture come to life.

MCYU 2019-2020
Family Lecture Series

MCYU 2018-2019 Family Lecture Series Poster

This is a great opportunity to expose your students to a university campus. Contact our Program Coordinator, Rebecca Young at or 905-521-2100 X 73790 to find out more details about how we can help you bring your group to us.



MCYU in the City offers hands-on workshops designed and facilitated by highly trained McMaster University Students. Our student facilitators bring their workshops to you, guiding the youth to Question the world around them, Discover their own potential, and work together to Create solutions. This inquiry based learning method empowers youth by demonstrating that they are an important part of the discovery process that happens all around them, every day.

 Workshops are geared towards children and youth aged 7-14 and can be carried out in community centers, libraries and schools.

To find out more information and book a workshop in your facility, please contact Rebecca Young, MCYU’s Program Coordinator at or 905-521-2100 X 73790.

McMaster Children & Youth University

If you have any questions or are
interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us

Our mailing address is:
McMaster Children and Youth University
1280 Main Street West, HSC-3N11c-j
Hamilton, On L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73790


MCYU Event Calendar

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  • 08

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    March 8, 2020
    Burke Sciences Building (BSB), McMaster University
    1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

    Curiosity Crawl 2020 A Day to Question, Discover & Create!

    MCYU’s annual, signature event. A day to Question, Discover, Create! On this day our MCYU in the City workshops run simultaneously at one time!

    Children and youth have the opportunity to take part in up to 3 workshops in one day! It’s a fun event for the whole family!


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  • 12

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM
    March 12, 2020
    Hamilton Public Library - Red Hill Branch
    695 Queenston Road, Hamilton, ON L8G 1A1

    MCYU in the City Workshops presents Rise of the Robots

    Workshop Description:

    RISE OF THE ROBOTS: Okay Google, how do robots think? Discover how Siri and Alexa work!

    Ages: 7-14 (whole family welcome)

    Cost: FREE

    Register Now!

  • 28

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    March 28, 2020

    Lecture - Sick of Being Sick? Exercise Can Help

    ** COVID-19 Update: You may have heard that McMaster University has cancelled all classes for the rest of the academic term and has urged the cancellation of non-essential events. In keeping with this policy, MCYU will be cancelling its on-campus March 28, 2020 lecture. We are looking at possibly putting this lecture online, provided we can arrange for the necessary technology.  We hope to come to a decision about this in the next week and will post the information right here for your convenience.

    Lecture Description:

    Sick of Being Sick? Exercise Can Help! – Did you know that exercise can help boost your immune system? No matter what age you are, exercise can help your body fight off germs and diseases like cancer. Discover how you can use exercise to help your immune system fight off some seriously bad bugs!

    Ages: 7-14 (whole family welcome)

    Cost: FREE

    Register Now!

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