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High School Programs

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Our High School Programs are carefully crafted to prepare students for the transition from secondary education to university-level engineering. Here’s how we do it:

  • In-Depth Exploration: Dive deep into engineering and technology with hands-on experiences that enhance STEM knowledge.
  • Preparation for Post-Secondary: Get ready for university with activities designed to mirror the challenges and learning style of higher education.
  • Real-World Insights: Gain valuable insights through workshops, project-based learning, and mentorship from industry professionals.
  • Skills for the Future: Develop critical thinking, innovation, and problem-solving skills, equipping you with the confidence to succeed in your future engineering career.

Our programs serve as the perfect launchpad for students aspiring to make their mark in the engineering world.

 




 

General Outreach Programs

  • STEM and Coding Clubs

    Automate with Arduino Grades 9-12

    The event centers around inspiring and educating high school students in the dynamic realms of engineering. The theme emphasizes fostering innovation, problem-solving, and cultivating essential skills for future leaders in these fields. With a focus on real-world applications, the event aims to instill a passion for creativity and critical thinking, empowering students to envision and pursue impactful careers in engineering.

    Learn how to automate everyday tasks using Arduino microcontrollers in this hands-on workshop. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. This workshop will teach participants how to integrate sensors and actuators to create automated systems. By the end of the workshop, you will have the skills to create your own automated devices and systems using Arduino.

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    What’s in Store: 

    • Discover Automation: Immerse yourself in the world of automation through practical workshops and hands-on projects.
    • Develop Essential Skills: Enhance problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity by engaging in these activities.
    • Program & Prototype: Program an Arduino automation using at least 3 different sensors and build a functional prototype with common materials to demonstrate its use.
    • Empower Future Leaders: Cultivate a mindset of resilience and continuous learning, fostering a community of young innovators.
    • Make a Positive Impact: Prepare to become a future leader ready to make meaningful contributions to society.

    Why you should join:

    • Inspire & Educate: Introduce high school students to the exciting fields of engineering and entrepreneurship.
    • Foster Passion: Encourage a love for innovation, problem-solving, and business acumen.
    • Explore Technology & Enterprise: Provide a platform to explore the intersection of technology and business.

    Any question or concerns, please contact Engineering Outreach High School Program Coordinator, Zahraa Bassyouni at zahraa.bassyouni@ontariotechu.ca



     

  • Virtual STEM and Coding Clubs

    We do not have any clubs scheduled right now. 

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  • Future Leaders in Training Program

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    Unlock your potential with our transformative 4-week program designed to propel Ontario Secondary Students (Grade 9 to 12) into the forefront of tomorrow’s digital workplace. Dive deep into the world of technology, leadership, and innovation at Ontario Tech University, and emerge ready to lead the change in an increasingly digital era. 

    Open to Ontario Secondary Students (Grade 9 to 12) for the 2023/2024 Academic Year, this program includes a series of hands-on workshops and additional opportunities to connect with Ontario Tech University students and engage in volunteering.

    Why You Should Join:

    • Gain In-Demand Skills: Acquire hands-on experience in leadership, problem-solving, financial literacy, and cultural competency through engaging workshops.
    • Mentorship from Industry Leaders: Connect with inspiring Ontario Tech undergraduate STEM students who will mentor you in both your professional and personal development.
    • Real-World Application: Volunteer with our Engineering Outreach team to apply what you’ve learned and gain valuable experience that counts towards your OSSD community involvement requirements.
    • Preparation for Future Opportunities: Get ready for summer program instructional roles and other opportunities within our Engineering Outreach Office.

    What You’ll Achieve:

    • Essential STEM and Digital Skills: Through experiential learning, grow your STEM knowledge to solve real engineering challenges.
    • Broadened Perspectives: By engaging with mentors and peers from various science and engineering disciplines, you'll gain new perspectives, meet new people, and discover new passions.
    • Community Involvement: Increase your community involvement and practical experience by volunteering with our programs, aiding in children and youth’s educational development.
    • Certification of Completion: Successfully complete the program and receive a certificate, highlighting your participation and the skills acquired during the program.

    Empower yourself to become a leader of tomorrow by joining the Future Leaders in Training Program. Seize this opportunity to shape your future and make a difference in the digital world!  

    Program Information:

    Location: Ontario Tech University
    Open to: Ontario Secondary Students
    Cost: FREE

    Eligibility for the completion certificate requires attendance in at least one Essential Skills and one Digital Skills workshop day.


    Essential Skills Workshops

    February 24, 2024 
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

    Orientation 101
    Introduction to the Future Leaders in Training Program and Engineering Outreach

    Cultivating Organization and Nurturing Cultural Competency in Your Life
    Setting Present and Future Goals and Building a positive and inclusive work environment


    March 09, 2024 
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

    Landing the Job 
    Building the Tailored Cover Letter and Resume for Your Dream Role and Preparing to Ace Your Job Interview

    Navigating Your Future
    Pathways to Post-Secondary STEM Education and Round-Table Discussions on University Life


    Digital Skills Workshops

    March 02, 2024 
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

    Engineering Essentials
    Introduction to the Engineering Design Process through Computer Aided Design

    Programming 101 (Part 1)
    Introduction to Fundamentals of Text-Based Programming


    March 16, 2024
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

    Finances/Entrepreneurship 101
    Introduction to finances, budgeting, and how to get involved in entrepreneurship as a student 

    Engineering Technologies
    Introduction to Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


     

  • Micro-Internship Program

    Our commitment to fostering diversity and representation in STEM fields extends to everyone, with a special focus on creating opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and female-identifying students. The Future Leaders in Training program introduces an inclusive mentorship initiative designed to inspire confidence and leadership among all high-school students, while prioritizing support for those from underrepresented groups.

    Program Overview:

    • Open to All: We welcome applications from all high-school students eager to explore STEM education and careers, aiming to build a diverse community of future leaders.
    • Focused Support: To address the underrepresentation in STEM, we provide additional mentorship opportunities specifically tailored for Black, Indigenous, and female-identifying students. These students will be matched with mentors who share similar identities and experiences, fostering a relatable and supportive learning environment.
    • Engaging Activities: Participants will enjoy a variety of interactive events, including coffee hangouts, design challenges, and professional development workshops, all designed to enhance their learning and engagement. These activities emphasize real-world application and community building.
    • Professional Development: Through hands-on tasks and projects that resonate with engineering outreach, students will apply their skills in meaningful ways, gaining experience that mirrors actual workplace engagement.
    • Paid Hybrid Internship: This four-week program not only teaches leadership skills but also offers a stipend, blending online and in-person learning for a comprehensive experience.

    Empowerment and Representation:

    We aim to empower students by providing them with the tools, mentorship, and opportunities to see themselves as future leaders in STEM. By prioritizing opportunities for those most underrepresented, we strive to create a balanced and inclusive environment where all students can thrive and contribute to their communities.

    Join us in shaping the future of STEM by applying to our Micro Internship Program. Let's work together to build a more diverse, inclusive, and innovative world.

    Program Information:

    Week 1 (May 13  - May 19)

    Onboarding and Mentorship: Goal Setting and How to Support STEM and Coding-Based Programming 
    In Person and Virtual


    Week 2 (May 20 - May 26)

    STEM and Coding Content Development: Creating Innovating and Hands-on Curriculum for Youth
    Virtual


    Week 3 (May 27 - June 02)

    Leading a Classroom: How to Engage with Youth and Create a Positive and Inclusive Classroom Environment
    Virtual


    Week 4 (June 03 - June 09)

    STEM Programming: Delivering STEM and Coding Program Presentations for K-8 Youth
    Virtual

    Internship Wrap-Up: Workplace Reflection and Identifying Next Steps towards Your Future Goals
    In-Person

     

  • Recycle Rally Design Competition

    Gear up for a thrilling adventure with the Recycle Rally Design Competition! This event is your playground to explore STEM concepts and the engineering design process through a creative lens, where you'll transform recycled materials into Bluetooth-controlled robotic cars and arms using Arduinos. Perfect for both coding novices and enthusiasts, this challenge will immerse you in the exciting world of engineering and sustainability.

    What’s in Store:

        • Team Up: Join forces in small groups to build and code your robotic creations.
        • Race to Win: Navigate your robot around our specially designed track, aiming for the fastest time to scoop up cool prizes.
        • Learn and Grow: No experience? No worries! Our expert instructors will lead a coding tutorial and provide continuous support.

    Why you should join:

        • Apply Real-World Engineering: Dive into the engineering design process and coding in a hands-on setting.
        • Boost Your Resume: Gain valuable skills and experience that shine in the field of engineering.
        • Champion Sustainability: Showcase your commitment to environmental stewardship through innovative solutions.

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 2023 event. 

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  • ZumiMaze: Autonomous Delivery Design Competition

    Ignite your imagination and leap into the cutting-edge world of autonomous vehicle technology with the ZumiMaze: Autonomous Delivery Design Competition! Open to students in grades 9-12, this one day design competition offers a unique platform to showcase your talents in the rapidly evolving domain of autonomous delivery systems. As the future beckons with promises of technological advancements, the ZumiMaze Challenge invites you to experiment, innovate, and excel in creating solutions that could revolutionize how we think about delivery services tomorrow.

    What’s in Store: 

        • Code & Create: Get hands-on with Zumis, programming these smart cars to zip through mazes autonomously.
        • Innovate & Design: Unleash your creativity by designing and 3D printing custom attachments to enhance your Zumi's delivery capabilities.
        • Navigate & Deliver: Test your Zumi's skills in a challenging maze, simulating real-world food delivery scenarios akin to Uber Eats.

    Why you should join:

        • Showcase Your Skills: Prove your problem-solving prowess and creativity in a fun, competitive environment.
        • Learn & Grow: Gain invaluable experience in programming, 3D printing, and robotics, all while having a blast.
        • Be Future-Ready: Step into the shoes of an innovator, shaping the future of tech and autonomous delivery systems.

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 2023 event. 

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Girls Programs

  • INSPIRE ENG Conference

    The INSPIRE ENG All-Girl Engineering Conference is a dynamic one-day event exclusively for girls in grades 9 and 10. This event is designed to spark the curiosity and ambition of the next generation of young women in STEM, setting the stage for future engineers. Immerse yourself in a day filled with fun, creativity, and exploration through hands-on activities that cover the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering, math, and physics. Connect with peers who share your interests, meet inspiring role models, and discover the endless possibilities that STEM fields offer. Don't miss this opportunity to take the first step on an exciting journey towards becoming an innovator and leader in engineering!

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  • FUTURE ENG Conference

    Join us for a day of discovery, networking, and innovation at the FUTURE ENG All-Girl Engineering Conference. You'll uncover the allure of various engineering fields and learn why this career path could be your destined journey. Engage directly with the vibrant world of engineering through discussions about its diverse disciplines, the exciting career opportunities it offers, and networking sessions with engineering students from Ontario Tech and seasoned industry professionals.

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  • Go CODE Girl

    We do not have any Go CODE Girl events scheduled right now. Please check back in Fall 2024 for our next event. 

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  • Go ENG Girl

    We do not have any Go ENG Girl events scheduled right now. Please check back in Fall 2024 for our next event. 

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  • Discover Engineering

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    Embark on an exciting journey into the world of engineering with our Discover Engineering Weekend! This special event is exclusively for women Grade 12 students who are set to join Ontario Tech University's engineering program in Fall 2024. It's a fantastic opportunity to get a head start on your first-year engineering experience and to connect with fellow incoming students and current undergraduates in the field.

    Date: Saturday May 11, 2024 - Sunday May 12, 2024
    Location: Ontario Tech University Campus
    Open to: Women Grade 12 students with an offer of admission from Ontario Tech University

     

 

Black Youth Programs

 

Indigenous Youth Programs

  • Youth Clubs

    We do not have any High School Indigenous Youth Clubs right now.

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  • Land Based Education Program

    Overnight Land Camp

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    Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island have long recognized the land as their fundamental classroom. Through practices like gathering food from animals and plants, as well as constructing sweat lodges, these traditions serve as essential tools for imparting crucial life skills to younger generations. These elements of Indigenous culture are rich with STEM knowledge, encompassing biology, chemistry, mathematical principles, and engineering concepts. This understanding underlies Engineering Outreaches belief in the efficacy of Indigenous land-based learning, which embraces an environmentally approach to education. 

    Guided by Indigenous STEM students, elders, knowledge keepers, and other community members, inSTEMs Land Camp is grounded in land-based learning, demonstrating the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, STEM, and engineering design to Indigenous youth from Grades 9 to 12. We aim to renew students’ pride with their Indigenous identity and increase their confidence in the pursuit of STEM careers and education.

    Please note, this program is also open to any student ENTERING grade 9 for the 2024-2025 Academic Year, and those who just FINISHED grade 12 in the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

    Please be advised that this is an in-person, overnight event. Food and sleeping accommodations will be provided. Refunds for mileage are available upon request.
     
    Location: 
    Oshawa, Ontario Canada
     
    Dates of Land-Camp: 
    August 19 2024 (Monday) 
    August 20 2024 (Tuesday) 
    August 21 2024 (Wednesday) 
     
    Drop off will be between 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on August 19th. Meanwhile, pick-up will occur on August 21st, at 4:00 PM. 

    Spots are limited to 20 participants. If you have multiple children, please complete this form for each child.  Because there are limited spots available, please only register if you intend to attend.

    In the event of full capacity, we encourage you to continue with registration and be placed on the waiting list. You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your registration or will be notified if you are placed on our waiting list.

    Any questions regarding the program can be sent to Hunter Johnson, Indigenous Engineering Outreach Coordinator, hunter.johnson@ontariotechu.ca
  • Indigenous Youth Conference
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Summer Camps

Hosted by Engineering Outreach in partnership with Ontario Tech Continuous Learning and the Faculty of Education. Our camps offer young learners the chance to explore engineering and technology through hands-on activities and guidance from experienced educators. Dive into innovation, build new skills, and spark a lifelong passion for STEM!

EXPLORE SUMMER CAMPS