Engineering Outreach Celebrates Big Ideas

U of T student-instructors gathered with some of their young charges from an innovative camp they helped run this past summer. The Big Ideas: Creativity, Design and Innovation Camp is meant to develop the next generation of business-savvy, science-literate entrepreneurs.

The camp, which ran for the first time this summer, drew 450 youth from across southern Ontario to various provincial universities. About 100 of those campers came to U of T for an in-depth experience in applying engineering and technology insights to business challenges.

Campers learned how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and identify what users of technology need, and how to prototype a project to meet those needs. Finally, they learned how to develop a business strategy for making ideas and products successful in the real world.

Celebrating Success of Camp for Business-savvy, Science-literate Youngsters