Bright Lights in the Lab

Since 2012 Firefly Foundation has partnered with University of Toronto Schools, and University of Toronto to enable students from across Toronto in Grades 6 through 12 attend our Bright Lights in the Lab Summer Camp Experience. Students meet a variety of invertebrates and learn about the basic principles of neuroscience that makes us who we are. We have designed the camp to inspire each grade level and many students return subsequent years to continue this journey. We are proud to offer scholarships & financial aid to students who qualify.

The program can be tailored to meet the potential needs of the Saskatoon Tribal Council and we would be happy to explore how a local community partner could join us in bringing this program to your community. Any of the modules can be implemented and adapted to your specific needs.

The camp has evolved into 3 streams:

Researchers (Grade 10, 11 & 12)

Our Researchers camp develops advanced neuroscience training for students in preparation for university. The focus is on independent lab design and experimentation to help students foster skills in data gathering and analysis. This camp simulates the environment of a research lab to give students a deeper understanding of how neuroscience knowledge is utilized in the world.

Explorers (Grade 7, 8 & 9)

The Explorers camp introduces basic neuroscience training that focuses on developing good lab technique, designing experiments, and  working independently with lab equipment.

This camp develops an appreciation for the research process in neuroscience labs and develops critical thinking and design skills for a greater understanding of how science is applied.

Animators (Grade 5, 6 & 7)

Our Animators camp allows young brainiacs to learn about how the brain works and how they can use the principles of neuroscience to improve brain health.

The camp introduces foundational research skills that the students use in collaboration to create a stop motion animated film about the brain. (View the Animators Films)


Since 2014 we have been proud to offer students who have unlimited curiosity about neuroscience, but limited financial resources, the opportunity to attend Bright Lights in the Lab.

Firefly Fellows receive a fully funded scholarship that covers camp tuition and also includes complimentary lunches daily and TTC tickets to and from the camp.