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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Mobile Design Lab

 The Engineering Outreach Mobile Design Lab delivers hands-on learning activities to schools and brings design thinking to life in your classroom! Designed for students from Grades K to 12, the workshops are a fun, accessible, and engaging way to deepen your students' understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with links to the Ontario curriculum.

Engineering Outreach Mobile Design Lab workshops are focused on the Engineering Design Process, which is a new curriculum requirement. We have been offering workshops in this area since 2018. These workshops are offered throughout the school year and our instructors come to you!  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does a workshop cost?

    Our in-person programming is charged by half-day or full-day. Both half-day (2 workshops, $300) and full-day (3 workshops, $400) options are available. Typical workshop activities are 75 minutes. We are happy to visit different classrooms on the same trip!

    Virtual workshops are $50 dollars each for 75 minutes. 

    Invoices are generated once bookings are confirmed. Payment is not required until after the workshop has been delivered.

  • Do you offer discounts or scholarships?
    Yes! Bursaries are available for both rural and underserved schools. If you are interested in applying for a bursary or discussing a discount please reach out to We also offer discounts if you book a full day (3 workshops).
  • How long is a workshop?
    Each workshop is 75 minutes. To book in-person, you must book either 2 (half-day) or 3 (full-day) workshops. For virtual, you may book 1 workshop.
  • When can I book my workshop?

    Workshops can be booked up to 60 days in advance and cannot be scheduled within 5 business days before the event date and time. Educators are able to book a session with more than one classroom participating provided that the total group size is 30 students.

    Our programs run during the school day during class periods. 

  • Can I leave while the workshop is running?
    No. The teacher must always remain in the virtual or physical classroom and will be responsible for classroom management and student behaviour.
  • Do you offer programs in other languages?
    No, we only offer programs in English.
  • What do I need to provide?

    Engineering Outreach is able to provide all technology and consumable materials as needed for the workshop (please indicate in the registration form). For workshops to be taught successfully, there must be:

    • AV equipment (projector, speakers, computer with internet access) available for the instructors
    • Parking needs to be provided - please note the Mobile Design Lab uses a full-sized pickup truck
    • For virtual programs, students will need internet access with a minimum download speed of 5Mbps

    For both virtual and in-person programming, communicate any issues directly to the coordinator through email.

  • How far away will you travel?
    Pictured below is the boundary map for how far we can travel, which is no longer than 45 minutes to one hour away from our campus including traffic: 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa. If you are further than an hour away check out our virtual programming! 



  • When will my booking be confirmed?
    We will reach out and confirm your booking typically 2 weeks in advance. This is to ensure we have enough staff and equipment for your workshops. If you need a confirmation more than 2 weeks in advance please contact the Mobile Design Lab Coordinator.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    • Educators may cancel or modify their bookings up to 3 days prior to our arrival.
    • Educators will receive an email reminder at least 72 hours prior to their workshop. We respectfully request that you confirm your booked workshop. You must reply to this email to confirm your session or if you would like to cancel or reschedule. 
    • If you have not confirmed your booked workshop 24 hours prior to event date and time, we reserve the right to reschedule you. 
    • Changes/cancellations with less than 24 hours notice incur a $100 penalty. Exceptions will be made for weather, illness, and other extraordinary circumstances. 

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Elementary Workshops

Elementary Workshops

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Virtual Elementary Workshops

High School Workshops

High School Workshops

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Virtual High School Workshops

STEM Nights

STEM Nights


For questions about the Mobile Design Lab, please contact:

Elementary - Avdon Racki at or (905) 721-8668, ext. 7370








Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at