Global Engineering Challenge

Engage with experts in engineering, develop critical thinking skills, and create solutions to global issues.

The Global Engineering Challenge aims to broaden the minds of Grade 9–12 students. This program mimics a capstone style course and is designed for highly committed and motivated students who have an interest in problem-solving.

Each week, students will have the opportunity to engage with upper-year and recently graduated engineering students. Students will participate in workshops that will provide them with a deeper understanding of the challenges engineers face and be guided towards developing effective solutions. This program supports the goals of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering in preparing students with the technical and trans-disciplinary competencies necessary for them to identify, learn, and apply along with engineering practices to resolve global challenges, create new technologies and contribute to the prosperity of society.

The Global Engineering Challenge is a remote, online and accessible opportunity. We are excited to present this opportunity as part of our Online Programming and hope that you will accept this challenge.



Students will be assigned to a specific focus based on their grade level which will act as their theme throughout the program. 

These challenges are offered for participants who are currently in Grades 9 to 12 (2022-2023 school year).

Each course in the Winter 2023 offering will take place weekends — Saturday or Sundays from February 11 to April 2, 2023. The sessions will focus on content and practical demonstrations, followed by students working in teams to prototype their designs. Students may also be invited to participate in optional activities that focus on degree and career exploration, personal development, and community-building.

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. (EDT) (UTC-4). 


Each course in the Winter 2023 offering will take place over weekends — Saturday or Sundays from February 11 to April 2, 2023.


Annually, the counterfeit industry results in the loss of billions of dollars worldwide. Unfortunately, with the expansion of modern technology, counterfeit creation tools are becoming more accessible to scammers around the world, especially in developing countries. This can include counterfeit currencies, documents, brand luxury items, and even identities. Some counterfeit techniques have even surpassed the capabilities of human recognition, requiring the use of an AI model to detect at a higher accuracy. Using the Engineering Design Cycle, students will practice engineering thinking processes through python programming.

This course focuses on understanding the fundamentals of machine learning. Students will work to create a model for counterfeit detection over a course of 8 weeks. The techniques learnt in this course can also be applied for classifying medical images, identifying different gestures from Sign Language, predicting the age of a person, and more. No prior computer programming knowledge is required.

The course takes place over Sundays, February 12 - April 2, 2023 from 9 AM - 1 PM ET with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

Every year, wildfires release extreme amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, making them a major contributor to climate change and habitat loss. There is a need to monitor current and potential wildfires that will occur as a result of hot and dry weather conditions.

In this course, students will collaborate in teams to design a 3D model of a drone for a wildfire surveillance system using Onshape, a free cloud-based CAD software. Students will have the opportunity to generate 2D sketches, apply 3D modelling concepts, and learn basic concepts in control circuits and electrical motors to design a firewatch drone. No prior 3D modelling experience is required.

The course takes place Saturdays, February 11 - April 1, 2023 from 1 PM - 5 PM ET with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.



General Information for Online Programs

Technology Required:

Students taking part in the Online High School Programs will need a computer (tablets are not recommended), internet access with minimum download speed of 5 Mbps, speakers, and microphone (or headset). While not required, webcams are recommended.

Video Permission:

We understand that there is a possibility that students may intentionally or accidentally activate the camera on their device. As such, while we will not be using this content for any media-related purposes, we do require all participants to consent to the possibility of being photographed and/or filmed.


If you see that a course is waitlisted on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified immediately in the order that they registered.

Creating an Active Account:

If this is your first time registering for one of our programs, you will be prompted to create an Active account as you register. If you are successful in getting a spot in the workshop, your spot will be held for you as you complete the registration form, so no need to rush.

Please note that it is not possible to create an account before the registration date.


Bursaries are available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who demonstrate financial need. To find out more about our bursary application process and to apply, please click here.


A refund or a credit, less a $70.00 administrative fee is available for cancellations received by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, February 6, 2023. No refunds or credits will be issued after this point. Please note that this charge is to cover administrative processing fees. Thank you for your understanding!


Summer 2023: Virtual Global Engineering Challenge

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