DEEP Junior Courses

DEEP Summer Academy Junior Courses have an incredible range of week-long courses for students currently in grades 9 and 10 (2016-17 school year). The program is flexible; students can choose to attend one, two, three or four weeks of DEEP. Follow a single course stream through multiple weeks of DEEP to get fully immersed in a particular subject area, or select courses from different streams to customize your learning. Leadership Camp is offered during all four weeks of DEEP.

There are no prerequisites for the courses, with one exception. In order to take a course during Design & Innovation Week in Week 4, students must have taken at least one course or participated in Leadership Camp during the first three weeks of DEEP.

Registration for DEEP 2017 is now closed and applications are currently under review. Thank you to all who applied.

Upcoming DEEP 2017 Dates:

  • Week 1: July 10 – 14, 2017
  • Week 2: July 17 – 21, 2017
  • Week 3: July 24 – 28, 2017
  • Week 4: Design & Innovation Week: July 31 – August 4, 2017

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DEEP 2017 Course Descriptions:

We are excited to offer the following list of courses for DEEP 2017!

Course List

Aerospace Engineering | Junior Courses (J-AERO)

Week 1
J-AERO-1 | Modern Combustion and Strategies for Pollutant Reduction
Combustion remains the most widely used mechanism for providing energy in our modern world. However, one of the biggest problems with combustion is in its emissions and pollutants. The Canadian government has been enacting progressively stringent regulations on the emissions of cars, planes and other forms of transportation. A basic outline of the chemistry of combustion, moving to the modern combustion engines seen in cars, planes, lawnmowers and rockets; there will be an emphasis on pollutant formation and reduction. Students will learn the basic mathematics governing combustion, visit assembly plants and laboratories to gain an appreciation for the most recent developments in combustion and pollutant reduction strategies. They will also learn that pollutant reduction cannot be solved through a singular discipline approach, and that engines need to be improved in conjunction with aerodynamics, fuel source, infrastructure management (such as airport operations) among others.
Instructor: Neell Young
Week 2
J-AERO-2 | Introduction to Space Systems
This course introduces students to the past, present and future of human and robotic space exploration, latest technologies and major world programs. Students will delve into concepts in Spacecraft Systems, Space Operations, Launch Systems, and Orbital Mechanics. This course will begin by introducing coordinate systems in space and time, building foundations in Calculus, Vector Algebra, and Newtonian Physics. Students will be taught problem solving tools and techniques used by Engineering industry professionals. Following the mathematics and physics review, students will be introduced to concepts of gravity and methods of space travel. They will learn the different types of orbits used for various space missions. Students shall receive hands on training in MATLAB, one of the most widely used computer programming language in academia and engineering industry. By the end of the course, students will design and solved a challenging spacecraft tracking and propulsion problem. The math and programming skills taught in this course may be extended to other technical disciplines. This course is intended to provide an intense university style learning atmosphere to broaden the student’s technical learning ability.
Instructor: Jian-Feng Shi
Week 3
J-AERO-3 | Introduction Orbital Mechanics
The utilization of outer space is a key driver in today’s telecommunications and exploration sectors. Lately, there has been increased interest in the deployment of microsatellites as cheaper alternatives and the development of reusable rockets by SpaceX. Through this course, students will learn the mathematical basics of getting satellites from the ground and into orbit, as well has how to change orientations once in place. They will also learn the fundamentals of interplanetary travel used to send space probes and rovers to explore other worlds. Students will make use of Matlab and/or Kerbal Space Program to model their missions and experiment on more energy efficient ways of arriving at their destinations.
Instructor: Neell Young
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 Biomedical Engineering | Junior Courses (J-BIOE)

Week 2
J-BIOE-2 | Introduction to Gene Therapy and Genetic Techniques
This course will introduce students to topics in genetics, cloning and gene therapy, and genetic engineering. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience with techniques used in genetics and cell and molecular biology through labs involving DNA extraction, agarose gel electrophoresis, bioinformatics, and bacterial transformation with green fluorescent protein (GFP). In addition, they will learn about the practical uses of these techniques in various industries and the ethical issues surrounding gene therapy. Students will learn to think critically and gain an appreciation for the successes and challenges in gene therapy.
Instructor: Judy Tran
Week 3
J-BIOE-3 | Rehabilitation Engineering
Rehabilitation engineering uses creative and innovative technologies to improve lives by preventing injury, treating injury and medical conditions and providing solutions to everyday challenges for individuals with disabilities. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn about a range of rehabilitation engineering projects, from brain-machine interfaces to prosthetics to mobility aids. Students will visit Toronto Rehab, the world-leading rehabilitation research institute, where they will tour state of the art research facilities and interact with engineers, clinicians and researchers. Through a series of design challenges, students will apply their knowledge and work together to develop their own solutions for a number of real world challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.
Instructor: Philippa Gosine
Week 1
J-MECH-1 | Sustainable Energy: Innovations and Entrepreneurs
The United Nations estimates that 1.6 billion people globally lack access to electricity. Yet, we use more than 12,000 million tonnes of oil equivalent according to the International Energy Agency. We have polluted the very ecosystem that sustains us. Through a series of energy tours, guest lectures, and in-class discussions about case studies, this course will explore the various innovations in energy generation and distribution. Students will learn about the general financial structure to fund start-ups to large national level energy projects. In addition, students will learn about the important role engineers play in designing, developing and running world scale energy businesses. The overall need for innovation to reduce the impact we have on the planet’s changing climate will be emphasized.
Instructor: Marina Freire-Gormaly
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 Engineering Our Lives | Junior Courses (J-EOL)

Week 1
J-EOL-1 | The Science of Music
Music and Engineering seem world’s apart, but they are interwoven in their fundamentals. From Bach to BB King to Blink 182, music theory relies on mathematics and the sciences. A study of wave physics, acoustics and digital audio gives us a deeper understanding of why music sounds so good to our ears. In this course, students will be introduced to the connections between musical instruments, wave physics, and digital audio, by building instruments learning how to play them, and how electronic music is produced. No music background is needed, but if you play an instrument, this is the course for you!
Instructor: Karan Shukla, Adam Thomas
Week 2
J-EOL-2 | Introduction to Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies
Often referred to as a lab-on-a-chip, Microfluidics has a variety of applications from environmental chemistry to biomedical engineering. In this course, you will explore the science behind this technology as well as some recent and impactful developments in the discipline. You will be introduced to material from second and third year undergraduate Fluid Mechanics courses and you will meet graduate students, researchers, and professors who are conducting cutting edge research in microfluidics. During the course, you will be participating in a design challenge where you will fabricate your own microfluidic-devices in order to solve a real world problem using a University of Toronto laboratory.
Instructor: Noosheen Walji
Week 3
J-EOL-3 | Engineering Adrenaline: Designing Amusement Parks
When you think about amusement rides, you often think about the fun and adrenaline rush it brings us. This class on amusement rides safety introduces a different dimension in the world of amusement rides. The aim of this class is to show the engineering that goes in the design of an amusement rides from conception to operations. This class will also show the students the importance of human factors in engineering design. The codes and regulations that applies in Ontario and in Canada will also be discussed. The students will also be challenged to think of solutions to common problems on making classic amusement rides safe and current. The students will be given inspiration by inviting guest speakers that are experts on the field and by immersing them in an experience on riding amusement rides and observing rider behavior while on the ride. At the end of this course, students would be able to consider the field of amusement rides as a viable career option in the future.
Instructor: Joelle Javier
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 Materials Engineering| Junior Courses (J-MATE)

Week 1
J-MATE-1 | Science of Optics in LIfe
Light has been an integral part of human life and civilization. It is a fundamental driving force that humans are using at every aspect of their lives both knowingly and unknowingly. Our drive to see and conquer the unseen has lead us to inventions that immensely benefit humanity. From the earliest studies of light by Aristocles, to the development of basic optics by Newton, and modern developments by Einstein, Born, Wolff and other luminaries, society has understood the nature of photonics in ways that promise exciting developments beyond the humble light bulb. Lasers are used in the supermarket, military, disc players; optical fibers make possible the Internet; holography are used for entertainment and anti-counterfeit bank notes etc. The uses of optics are too numerous to list in a page. In our course we intend to introduce and develop the concepts of optics and link them to engineering applications in the modern world. Students will learn about the fundamentals of optics and be able to use these basic ideas to measure refractive indices of materials. Students will understand how telescopes and microscopes work from building a lens setup. From there students will learn the basic principles of optical fibers by building a light fountain. They will also understand how polarization glasses are used as real world applications such as sunglasses and 3D glasses. Finally students will learn about lasers and state of the art developments on modern optics.
Instructor: Arnab Dewanjee, Joel Loh
Week 2
J-MATE-2 | Smart Materials & Advanced Manufacturing
Smart materials (stimuli-responsive materials) have been the focus of a large number of studied due to their advanced applications and prominent features. They are new classes of materials able to change their properties once exposed to an external stimulus. In addition, advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing and CNC waterjet cutting are being widely utilized in emerging new technologies. This course is designed to familiarize the students with the key concepts in the field of smart materials along with advanced manufacturing approaches while using computer aided design techniques to come up with their own simulation. They will also work in a solid mechanics lab along with fabricating their designed samples in the student machine shop. This way, they can enhance their conceptual skills together with obtaining the knowledge and experience to convert a conceptual design into a physical object.
Instructor: Nazanin Khalili
Week 3
J-MATE-3 | Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials: Engineering Nature
Using electron microscopy and fundamentals in physics, students will study numerous biological samples and uncover the origin behind many useful properties found in nature. Primary examples will be: super-hydrophobic leaves, anti-reflective insect eyes, sticky gecko feet and butterfly wings that are colored without using pigment. In addition, we explore some structural examples showcasing strength and toughness, through both materials and shape.
Instructor: Leo Monaco
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Mini MBA | Junior & Senior Courses (mMBA)

Week 1
mMBA-1 | Marketing, Sales, and Communications for Engineers
Unlike selling clothes, cars, or food; where customers know what they need; Sales Engineering rely on Technical Expertise and problem-solving skills to convince buyers to spend money on the sellers’ products or services. Serving as the gap between the technology and the customer, Sales Engineers, unlike traditional “salespeople” do not sell products, they sell solutions. This course will look into the different aspects regarding selling in a technical field – Market Research, Trend Analysis, Effective Branding, Customer Relations, and of course Product Knowledge
Instructor: Diana Mollicone
Week 2
mMBA-2 | Operations Management: Doing it Faster, Better, Cheaper
Operations management is everywhere, but you can’t see it anywhere. It’s in the schedule that makes the bus come every 9 minutes, and is in the number of tickets that airlines oversell, even if they have to give first-class upgrades from time to time. What motivates companies to behave this way? Chances are, they’ve done the math, and determined that it’s faster or cheaper to put a factory in village X over city Y. In this course, students will get an introduction to concepts of deterministic operations research, including linear programming and network formulations, and applications thereof. Each day, the theories will be applied into a business simulation context where students will experience the challenges of implementing the results of the research. On the final day, students will learn to solve models using LINGO, a program that is used by academics today.
Instructor: Janet Lam
Week 3
mMBA-3 | Introduction to Project Management
This course introduces students to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) standards for Project Management Professionals (PMP). PMI is a world leader in the development of standards and guidelines for project management and is the recognized body for the PMP accreditation. The project management concepts introduced in this class may be applied to various professions such as Law, Medicine, Engineering, Construction, Industrial Design, Government Administration and Information Technologies. This course will introduce techniques to managing scope, schedule, budget, procurement and help students to develop leadership skills. Through interactive learning, the students will apply the various concepts learned in class to workshop projects. Students will also learn and gain a hands‐on experience with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods of negotiation and mediation.
Instructor: Jian-Feng Shi
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Robotics | Junior & Senior Courses (ROB)

Week 1
ROB-1 | Wireless Maze Race
Robotics is an exciting and fast growing field in which actuators, sensors, and artificial intelligence are integrated to solve a myriad of problems. In this course, students will work in small teams to design and create a robot to navigate a challenging obstacle course. In addition, they will learn the science behind many types of actuators and sensors found in commercial robots and consumer electronics, including range sensors, optical sensors, and biosensors. The course will conclude with a final competition where students will integrate sensors and microcontrollers to autonomously navigate a maze challenge.
Instructor: Sinisa Colic
Week 2
ROB-2 | Self-Driving Robots
Self-driving cars are one of the most significant technological advances in recent years. Some of the most innovative companies in the world (Google, Tesla, Uber) are actively employing this technology in their business model. Already we are starting to see their impact on transportation, urban planning, and ethics. In another 10 years who knows how this technology will change our daily routines. This course we will discuss the theory behind self-driving cars, focusing particularly on localization, control and path finding algorithms. Students will be provided with premade robots for which they will explore high-level artificial intelligence programming techniques to intelligently integrate sensors with their robots. The course will conclude with a final competition where students will design, build and implement a self-driving algorithm for autonomous maze navigation.
Instructor: Sinisa Colic, Tae Won Ha
Week 3
ROB-3 | Build, Design, Battle
Join us for the ultimate robotics design challenge. All you need is a little imagination and creativity, we’ll give you the knowledge and hardware, and you’ll have what it takes to build the ultimate combat threat. Students will work in small teams to design, build, program and battle their own menacing machines. You will learn to use 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to bring your ideas to reality using 3D printers. This design challenge will help you develop a working knowledge of robotics and give you the opportunity to follow the engineering design process from ideas to CAD models all the way to prototypes and competition.
Instructor: Sinisa Colic
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Design & Innovation Week | Junior & Senior Courses (DES)

The last week of DEEP Summer Academy is Design & Innovation Week, where students can select one of seven capstone design courses. 
Prerequisite: Students must take at least one course during the first three weeks of DEEP or attend Leadership Camp in order to participate in Design & Innovation Week.

Week 4
DES-1 | Build Your Own Electronic Gadgets
In our daily life, we benefit from interaction between light and matter all the time. The interaction usually occurs in an optoelectronic component that is interfaced with electronics in a neat way as evident in many wonderful gadgets like a smartphone. The journey of this course starts at the fundamental level to understand behaviors of many optoelectronic and electronic components and takes you through the phase of building a complete gadget. At the end of the journey, you will be equipped with sufficient knowledge to explore the modern world of electronics. In particular, you will be building a heart rate meter which is a main feature in many smartwatches and fitness wristbands.
Instructor: Arnab Dewanjee, Ahmed Dorrah
Week 4
DES-2 | Design a Better World
Innovation is essential to growth. Without innovation and change, growth is impossible. In this course we will seize the opportunity to innovate and rethink the design of our entire world. A world that is more accessible, enjoyable and sustainable for our future. We will become global citizens and solve daily problems in the developing and developed worlds. We will learn to become engaged community members and how to continuously evaluate and improve on our designs.
Instructor: Yalinie Kulandaivelu, Tolbert Akanni
Week 4
DES-3 | Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Machines to Learn
Over the past few years, we have seen remarkable feats of engineering from Boston Dynamics’s Atlas humanoid robot to Google’s self-driving car. Underneath all these machines lies a vast array of computers and complex code devoted to mimicking aspects of human intelligence. Producing robots that can adapt and learn is a challenging task that has only recently become possible due to advancements in artificial intelligence and processing power. In this course, students will be introduced to advanced robot control and explore how to teach robots to learn. In addition, they will discover the field of artificial intelligence and learn about several machine learning algorithms such as, Artificial Neural Networks and Particle Filtering. At the end of the course, students will participate in a series of autonomous competitions where their robot faces off against other robots. Let the smartest robot win.
Instructor: Sinisa Colic
Week 4
DES-4 | Robotics and Robot Manipulators
This course introduces students to variety of topics in robotics. In particular, this course focuses on discussion in space manipulators, manipulator design, robot mathematics, guidance, navigation and control (GNC), and machine vision. The students will learn to use C++, PYTHON, SIMULINK, and Arduino UNO programming as analytical tools to solve robotic problems. Students will learn basics of camera and image processing techniques. The course will introduce students to advance computer vision concepts such as Canny edge detection, Harris Corners, Hough Transforms, SIFT type image features. The students use C++ and OpenCV to create image processing software. Students will learn principals behind stereo imaging and how to compute depth using stereo vision. Throughout the course, the student will be divided into teams and learn principals of manipulator kinematics, mechatronics, motors and sensors, control and simulation, mechanical and electronic hardware assembly, and microcontroller programming. Finally combine everything to build a joystick controlled 4‐ degrees‐of‐ freedom (DOF) robotic manipulator to solve a real‐world engineering problem.
Instructor: Jian-Feng Shi
Week 4
DES-5 | Engineering the Future of Surgery
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of innovation and design for instruments and equipment in surgery. Students will learn about and apply the engineering design process and gain an appreciation for the successes and challenges faced by biomedical engineers. By solving a variety of engineering design challenges in surgery, they will learn to be innovative, creative, and critical thinkers. Students will also have the opportunity to visit and tour a simulation centre used in training physicians, surgeons, allied health professionals, and researchers.
Instructor: Judy Tran
Week 4
DES-6 | Introduction to Flight
This course will review the fundamental principles of flight. Our journey starts with a review of aerospace systems, their components and their design. We will then touch briefly on the areas of science that are integrated to make flight possible. These include aerodynamics and propulsion (the science of flow), stability, control and structures. Our journey comes to an end with a review of some of the current and future trends in aerospace engineering. You will also be able to build your own flying vehicle while following this course!
Instructor: Ali Nasseri
Week 4
DES-7 | Vehicle Dynamics and Control
During the first week, students explore the key factors involved in vehicle control. Suspension and chassis design are considered using Newtonian mechanics and differential equations. Various suspension systems are discussed with respect to vehicle performance and passenger comfort. The electronic control unit is discussed in terms of its role in anti-lock braking, traction control, and electronic stability control systems. Students will learn the mechanics of generating downforce, minimizing aerodynamic drag, and its effect on straight line and cornering performance. Various mathematical and computational methods are explored to further describe these systems. By the week’s end, students will employ their understanding to build a working model of an independent suspension vehicle. In May of 2012, a Toyota Prius was the first vehicle to be issued a license to drive without a driver. To date, more than 1,000,000 kms have been driven by Google’s autonomous cars across North America. Other car companies have since joined them. While recent surveys indicate that no more than one in five drivers today would consider purchasing an autonomous automobile, some believe that this may be the car of the future. In this course, students explore the major electronic systems involved in vehicle control. The electronic control unit is discussed in terms of its role in anti-lock braking, traction control, and electronic stability control systems. The role of sensors and the collection of telemetry data in understanding a vehicle’s state is an ongoing topic of discussion. Remote motor control systems will be described and implemented by students. Various mathematical and computational methods are explored to further describe these systems. By the week’s end, students will employ their understanding to build a working model of an independent suspension, remotely controlled vehicle using Arduino.
Instructor: David Tollefson
Discipline: Automotive Engineering
Pre-Requisite: This is a two week course! Please do not register unless you can commit to the two weeks.
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DEEP Leadership Camp | Junior & Senior Session

DEEP students have the option to enroll in one of four following Leadership Camp sessions. Check back for upcoming 2016 dates.

DEEP’s one-week engineering leadership camp takes place at the Gull Lake civil engineering camp 
in Ontario’s beautiful Haliburton forest. The camp, which runs concurrently with DEEP’s academic program, offers a focused approach to developing students as leaders and future engineers. Participants will explore new perspectives on topics in science and engineering through fun interdisciplinary activities.

Major topic areas include:

  • What is engineering? What do engineers do?
  • Design thinking and the engineering design process; exploring the role of science, technology and society
  • Local issues (urban issues, social considerations, health care) and connections to engineering
  • Professional skills development: presentation, communication and decision-making
  • Building teams, mentoring, developing persistence and resilience
  • Being a leader in your school and in your community

You’ll also get plenty of time to enjoy the sun, swim in the lake, canoe, play sports and hike in the surrounding wilderness.

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