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c_wonder Academy

Welcome to c_wonder: Academy! 

 

Engineering Outreach is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and will be making adjustments to the planned in-person programs as they see fit. The currently listed programs are not canceled as of yet but please be prepared that this is a possibility in the future. We encourage you to still register and reach out if interested as we will be communicating changes with any participants who have signed up. 

In the meantime, please visit our c_wonder: At Home page by clicking the link below.

c_wonder: At Home

Engineering Outreach has been offering STEM programming across Durham Region for the past five years through our Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Ontario Tech University. The vision of Engineering Outreach is to engage and spark curiosity in children and youth. Our main focus is to foster interest and skills pertaining to engineering, science, technology and math through fun and exciting hands-on activities and programs including classroom workshops, day programming, and specialized programs. Engineering Outreach is a network member of Actua, a national charity that is preparing youth to be innovators and leaders by engaging them in exciting and accessible STEM experiences that build critical skills and confidence. 

The c_wonder: Academy programs have been designed to introduce students to Engineering and the Engineering Design process, aligned to elements of the Ontario curriculum in areas such as science, technology, and math.  A wide range of high- and low-tech resources are used throughout our programming to best present a variety of concepts. All of our programming is focused on offering accessible STEM learning opportunities to youth, meaning we are offering these programs free of charge to eliminate any financial barriers that may inhibit youth from participating in our programs. We are funded through the generosity of companies, not-for-profit organizations, Government of Canada’s Cancode Program and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The c_wonder: Academy has been designed for youth in high school to present them with critical skills and concepts that will help to better prepare them for future educational pathways in STEM fields. 

This programming is free of charge but does require registration. 

About our Program 

Our c_wonder: Academy program will take place at Ontario Tech University in the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) located at 40 Conlin Road, Oshawa, Ontario and is geared towards youth in high school. Each one-week session will introduce students considering a degree in Engineering to advanced technology and STEM concepts that will foster interest and knowledge in cutting edge fields. 

In order to provide equitable access to these free programs, each individual will only be allowed to register for a single program. In the event of additional spaces, individuals will be allowed to register for additional weeks. The one exception to this is the Just for Girls program, all female-identifying students are encouraged to register for the Just for Girls program, in addition to one week of their choice. 

We do ask that any participants and families with the means to do so, please donate to our programs to help us continue this work in the future. As a non-profit organization, all funds generated through donations, grants, and sponsorship support our goal of offering free STEM programming for youth and educators. Any small or large donation is greatly appreciated.

Supporters 

Actua

General Motors Canada

Google Canada

Government of Canada CanCode Program

Hydro One

Royal Bank of Canada

Program Schedule

Week

Dates

Program 

Week 1

 

July 6 - 10, 2020

 

Future Leaders* 

Grade 10 to 12

Week 2

 

July 13 - 17, 2020

 

All About Engineering

Grade 9 to 12

Week 3

 

July 20 - 24, 2020

 

Artificial Intelligence and Programming 

Grade 9 to 12

Week 4

 

July 27 - 31, 2020

 

Robotics 

Grade 7  to 12

Week 5

 

August 10 - 14, 2020

 

Just for Girls | Engineering Our Future 

Grade 7  to 12

Week 6 

 

August 17 -21, 2020

 

Future Skills Competition*

Part of the Future Leaders Program 

 

Daily Schedule 

Our day runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

9:00 am 

Academy Begins

12:00 pm 

Lunch 

1:00 pm 

Academy Resumes 

4:00 pm 

End of the Day 

 

Open House  

During the Friday afternoon of every week of Academy, we will be holding an Open House open to parents, guardians and guests where students can demonstrate and display all the amazing work they completed during the week. 

c_wonder: Academy Programs

 

Future Leaders Program  

Open to: Grades 10 - 11
Dates: July 6 - 10 & August 17 - 21 

Our c_wonder: Leaders in Training Program is open to high school students entering grades 10 to 12 in September 2020. The goal of this program is to provide high school students with essential skills for future work, exciting experiences that deepen their knowledge in STEM while allowing students to earn high school community involvement hours.  This program is sponsored by Actua’s Future Skills program.

Click here for more details and registration

 

All About Engineering

Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Dates: July 13 - 17

In this week-long program, participants will explore the vast range of engineering disciplines and how they relate to the world’s challenges. Students will be faced with a global issue and will learn the skills and tools required to approach this problem from multiple facets of engineering. Participants will utilize the engineering design process to understand the problem from different perspectives, plan out a realistic solution, build prototypes and test them in simulation circumstances. Get ready to explore all that engineering has to offer! This program is sponsored by Actua.

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Software Engineering

 

Artificial Intelligence and Programming

Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Dates: July 20 - 24

What if you could train a computer to think for itself? Technology is on its way there through Artificial Intelligence. Through this course, students will be introduced to coding fundamentals through the programming of various technologies. They will learn how these systems are used to solve real-world problems and construct a system of their own that they will program and train. Students will also explore the societal implications of Artificial Intelligence such as the ethical considerations of using biased data. Join us for an exciting week of simulating human intelligence! This program is sponsored by Actua, Google Canada and the Government of Canada’s CanCode program.

Disciplines: Computer Science, Data Science, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering 

 

Robotics

Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Dates: August 10 - 24

During this week-long program students will be utilizing the engineering design process and computational problem solving to build and program autonomous robots using VEX EDR. Students will gain valuable robotics and coding skills that align with the goals of the Elementary and Secondary Ontario Skills Competition. Participants will work in teams to design a comprehensive robot including motors, sensors, mechanical and hardware components that run off code without the need for external influence. At the end of the week, all the robots will battle until there is one robot standing! This program is sponsored by Actua and the Government of Canada’s CanCode program.

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Software Engineering 

 

Just for Girls | Engineering Our Future 

Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Dates: July 27 - 31

Our Just for Girls week is designed to address the disparity of women pursuing STEM related programs in post-secondary and beyond. This exciting week will provide a wide range of STEM-related experiences in multiple disciplines while fostering confidence, leadership and empowerment. This program introduces our female-identifying participants to the wide range of possibilities available to them within STEM in a safe, female-centric space. The projects during this week centre around the societal implications of science and engineering while providing them with skills such as programming, building and so much more. This program will also allow our students to learn about possible education and career paths from females in the industry.  This program is sponsored by Actua, General Motors Canada and Hydro One.

To learn more about the disparity in STEM, feel free to visit the website for the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering www.onwie.ca or www.wemadeit.ca/ 

Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering  

Registration 

During the registration process, you will be asked to consent to the following: 

  • Code of Conduct 
  • Photo and Media Release
  • Commitment to Attending 

In addition, if your child requires medication DURING program time, you will be prompted during registration to complete a Medical Consent Form 

Register now for C_wonder Academy

Contact Us 


Email: vanessa.ironside@ontariotechu.ca, engineeringoutreach@ontariotechu.ca 

If you prefer to speak over the phone, please email us your phone number and reason for the call and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience. 

 

 

Program Questions

 

What is the daily program schedule? 

The day runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participants will have a lunch break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. 

Can students bring personal devices to programming? 

Students are allowed to bring their personal devices to their program, however it is expected that each student respects their instructors and fellow students by not using it during program unless during break or approved by a staff member. 

Instructors have the right to collect and hold personal devices being used inappropriately during program time, to be returned at the end of the day. Our staff is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal devices.  

What qualifications do your instructors have?

All of our instructors running our c_wonder are pursuing or currently holding an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. All team members have demonstrated excellence in engineering and science, strong leadership skills, past experience working with youth and great enthusiasm towards education. All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR-C and trained on curriculum development to provide fun, engaging and age appropriate course content centered around engineering design. Every staff member has been cleared to work for our program through a Vulnerable Sector Screening Process via police services. 

What happens if my child needs to leave early from programming?

If your child can not stay for the entire day due to an appointment or any other reason, please email vanessa.ironside@ontariotechu.ca during your week of programming to confirm early pick up. 


Administrative Questions

 

My child requires medication during the day. Can you administer this?

If your child must take medication during the day, you must complete the Medical Consent Form found under Registration Information and bring it on the first day of programming. Medication will only be dispensed if it comes in the ORIGINAL prescription bottle.

Is a lunch plan available?

A lunch plan is not available for our programs. Parents will need to send their children lunch, snacks and a reusable water bottle. 

Is the Program nut-free? 

c_wonder strives to be nut-free. Parents are asked to ensure there are no nut or peanut products in any of the packed lunches.


Registration Questions

 

Will I get a registration confirmation email?

Yes, once you have completed the online registration form you will receive a confirmation email detailing your registration. You will also receive an email detailing all the information required to assist you and your family to get ready for your program prior to your week. 


Can my child attend more than one week of programming? 

In order to provide equitable access to our programming, each child will be allowed to register for one of our programs. In the event of additional spots, individuals will be allowed to register for multiple weeks. 

What grade should I select for my child?

For our programs, please register your child by the grade they will be entering in September 2020, not the grade they are currently in.