DEEP Senior Courses

DEEP Summer Academy Senior Courses offer an incredible range of week-long courses for students currently in grades 11 and 12 (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.

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 sources for DEEP 2016!

Course List

Above & Below The Earth | Senior Courses (S-ABE)

Week 1
S-ABE-1 | From Ore to Steel: Engineering and Management of a Future Mining Project
Advances in technologies are changing the way mining projects are done the same way they changed our day to day lives. At the same time, our day-to-day lives, as well as these technologies are dependent to mining minerals and metals. After a brief introduction of main emerging technologies in Civil Engineering domain, this course reviews a complete iron and steel mining project from identification of ore bodies to making of steel. Students will learn about Engineering, Construction, and Financing of a mining project and develop a common sense about how a major industrial project is done, its challenges and its tradeoffs. These concepts will be discussed in a continuous overall story of a hypothetical project through slides, videos, photos and as well by using physical ore or other production samples. Students will keep track of high-level cost and schedule as the story develops. Each day a different expert will be called in to provide a brief description of their work and their ideas on a futuristic mining project, either in person or via conference call even from offices or remote sites around the world. Moreover, students will be involved in brain storming sessions guided by the counsellors to reflect their view on how these emerging technologies can change and help with different challenges of projects.
Instructors: Pouya Zangeneh, Farid Mirahadi
Week 2
S-ABE-2 | Space Transportation
The 21st century has seen the birth of the commercial space industry. Yet, the journey to and from space still poses many challenges and is often accompanied by high costs. In this course, students will be acquainted with current transportation systems humans use to access low earth orbit (LEO) and beyond. The fundamentals of thruster analysis, nozzle theory, rocket performance, and high speed gas dynamics will be addressed. Mathematical derivations and common engineering analysis tools will be presented. The main propulsion systems of rockets will be discussed in depth including: liquid rocket engines, solid rocket motors, and hybrid engines. Students will also delve into the mechanics of plasma physics and its relation to electric propulsion in space. In addition, students will propose their own concepts of space transportation methods to reduce the cost of space access and increase the feasibility of deep space exploration. Tours of propulsion labs will be given, followed by hands on experiments concerning propellant injection and flame dynamics within the Combustion Research Lab at the University of Toronto. Lastly, participants will be introduced to state-of-the-art space propulsion ideas such as: antimatter rockets and solar sails.
Instructor: Cody Bauer
Week 3
S-ABE-3 | A Mission to Mars
In this course, we take an interdisciplinary look at space flight and some of the scenarios space engineers need to take into account when sending astronauts on a long duration space mission. We will not only learn the science of space flight by reviewing orbital mechanics, spacecraft design and space medicine, but will also do our own simulations to see what can go wrong and how failures can be avoided.
Instructor: Ali Nasseri
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Biomedical Engineering | Senior Courses (S-BIOE)

Week 1
S-BIOE-1 | Regenerative Medicine: From Prometheus to Modern Research
The mythological story of Prometheus, whose damaged liver repaired itself overnight, is one of the earliest instances of tissue regeneration. In modern times, regenerative medicine is an area of cutting edge research focused on growing functional tissues and organs in a petri dish, known as tissue engineering. In addition, regenerative medicine research is working on stem cell therapy, which is stimulating the body to heal itself. The underlying goal of regeneration is to harness nature’s power towards treating everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease to heart failure. This course will familiarize students with the science, design, and ethical considerations behind this area of cutting edge research. Through hands-on design activities and an introduction to the latest findings in research, students will be given the unique opportunity to step into the shoes of a biomedical engineer at the forefront of medical advancement.
Instructor: Mukul Tewary, Nika Shakiba
Pre-Requisite: Activities in this course will use human embryonic cells. All activities meet (or exceed) the guidelines set by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Week 2
S-BIOE-2 | Cellular Disease States in Neurodegeneration
Neurodegenerative diseases are usually late onset diseases, characterized by cognitive and motor impairment and/or dysfunction. Common diseases include Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease (HD), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These diseases activate similar biological pathways that cause widespread oxidative damage, protein aggregate formation, and chronic pro-inflammatory responses. Despite these similarities, there is a plethora of different techniques to learn about diseased cellular states. Students will explore how molecular signalling pathways can be exploited to detect cellular states in both wet and dry labs. A strong background in molecular biology is highly recommended.
Instructor: Anam Qudrat
Pre-Requisite:A strong background in molecular biology is highly recommended.
Week 3
S-BIOE-3 | 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
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Electrical & Computer Engineering | Senior Courses (S-ECE)

Week 1
S-ECE-1 | Computer Engineering - Part A: Programming and Game Development
​In an ever technologically advancing society the demand for programmers, software developers, and tech savvy professionals grows like wildfire. It’s important that the community is pushed forward to ensure that our youth keep up with the growing demand for technology. This course aims to do so by teaching students to love programming through a medium which they can easily relate to: video games. In this course, we explore software design and development by starting at the fundamentals. Students learn to render graphics, capture user inputs, and implement algorithms for appropriate responses to in-game situations, such as boundary detection. Finally, students track player data by building relevant data structures. In the second course of this two part series, we explore a means by which the student’s games and data can be made accessible to others by creating a relational database and responsive user-interface website.
Instructor: David Tollefson, Adam Chan
Week 2
S-ECE-2 | Computer Engineering - Part B: Web Applications
Web content is increasingly becoming the primary medium for accessing information. This course aims to demonstrate to students the fundamental tools and skills required to develop a fully functional website. Using industry standard methodologies and frameworks, students explore concepts in the development of both the back-end and front-end components of a website. Students create relational databases in Python and Django, and learn to gather and present this data using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Students gather data from the user, store it, and later render as HTML. Using Cascading Style Sheets, students discover how to present their content meaningfully and beautifully. Using javascript and the JQuery library, they bind browser events to specified functionality, allowing for various transitions and animations, and a more fulfilling user experience. Throughout the week, student will build a variety of increasingly complex web sites, culminating in a one day design and build challenge.
Instructor: David Tollefson, Adam Chan
Pre-Requisite This course builds on the concepts learned during “Computer Engineering – Part A: Programming and Game Development”. Strong programming skills are highly recommended if you do not plan to take Part A.
Week 3
S-ECE-3 | Building a Custom CPU to Control a Robot
Computers are in nearly everything today – you car, your refrigerator – even your computer! But very few people know how they work – how, for instance, your central processing unit (CPU) can take a few wires going in and out and a few transistors in the middle, and produce all of the applications we know and love. It all comes down to how to connect those transistors together – in clever, fascinating ways to make them perform truly astonishing things. By the end of this course, you will have built memory chips and mathematical circuitry out of nothing but transistors – and you will put it all together to make a functioning CPU. Finally, you will build a robot to perform a task of your choice – assist with surgery? Speed up manufacturing? Perform a high-risk rescue? The beauty of custom hardware, is it is very flexible to perform any task you set it to. You will do just that when connect your newly-created CPU to control your robot!
Instructor: Billy Graydon
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 Engineering Science | Senior Courses (S-ENGS)

Week 1
S-ENGS-1 | Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Come and explore the ideas that have shaped the most successful quantitative theory ever made. Quantum mechanics is the basis of our universe and through it’s eye we will be able to observe the strange, but wonderful world that surrounds us. This course will present a rigorous introduction to both the theoretical and experimental sides quantum mechanics. Through this we will be able to discuss the implications of this theory, and explore such topics as quantum entanglement, cloning, quantum computers, and much more.
Instructor: Zacharie Leger
Pre-Requisite: A strong background in math is highly recommended.
Week 2
S-ENGS-2 | Cloud Computing & Security
Cloud computing allows us to create and share information anywhere in the world in seconds, revolutionizing our relationships with data, money and each other. In this course, students will learn how cloud computing works, and how to take advantage of huge datacentres to share data, communicate, collaborate and generate new information. Participants will create their own websites on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), using it as a platform for advanced cloud applications. They will delve into the low-level protocols that drive the world-wide-web, building cables and wiring hardware together to create our class’ own private network. They will then explore how to keep all of this safe from malicious attackers – “hackers” – first by learning how they perpetrate their tricks, then learning to patch up the vulnerabilities that let them in. When all is said and done, we will have covered the basics of what drives our modern world – cloud computing – how to implement it ourselves, and how to keep it safe from would-be attackers.
Instructor: Billy Graydon
Pre-Requisite: Activities in this course may involve the use of the Dark Web.
Week 3
S-ENGS-3 | Computational Physics
Programming has a variety of applications. In physics, in particular, the power of computation has led it to become an essential part of the discipline. Many problems in physics cannot be solved analytically, and hence, computation is essential to their exploration. In this course, students will get to choose and explore in depth a key problem in physics with the help of Python. Moreover, this course will introduce students to advanced mathematical and computational techniques commonly used to solve complex problems in modern physics.
Instructor: Alex Cabaj
Pre-Requisite: A strong background in math is highly recommended.
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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 3/4
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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