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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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About Engineering Outreach


Group photo of Summer 2023 Outreach Staff.


Our Mission

Our mission is to engage with the community, spark curiosity and prepare K-12 students to build critical skills and confidence by making STEM learning opportunities accessible and inclusive to all youth including those from underrepresented communities in the Durham Region and beyond. We aim to foster and build a community that understands the importance of STEM education by developing impactful partnerships with community organizations. We aspire to increase digital literacy and skill development of youth through the delivery of hands-on STEM education in schools and community hubs. We strive to empower and support teachers and school leaders in their delivery of STEM education.


Our Values

  • Inclusivity - We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone feels respected and valued.
  • Innovation - We embrace new ideas, technologies, and methodologies to deliver impactful sustainable outreach programs.
  • Collaboration - We work together with partners, stakeholders, and volunteers to create positive change in our communities.
  • Accessibility - We believe that everyone should have access to engineering and technology education, regardless of their background or circumstances.
  • Excellence - We are committed to delivering high-quality programs that meet the needs of our communities 


Our History

In 2014, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University began an ambitious initiative to deliver Kindergarten to Grade 12 engineering outreach programs to youth in the Durham Region. After a concerted, multi-faceted effort over the past four years, the faculty has developed an organization called Engineering Outreach, our programs have grown to reach over 24,000 students annually. Our goal is to inspire youth to ask questions and empower them to develop solutions to everyday problems using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) from across Durham Region and our surrounding communities.

Engineering Outreach is a proud network member of Actua, and we share in their national mission:

"... To prepare Canadian youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in exciting and accessible STEM experiences that build critical skills and confidence.”  

Our Staff

Engineering Outreach staff have backgrounds in science and engineering and are joined by over 75 undergraduate and graduate engineering students who volunteer their time throughout their year.  Our team is excited to share their knowledge with the youth who participate in our programs each year.