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.

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PROGRAM FORMAT

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 (2021-2022 school year).

Each course in the Summer 2022 offering will take place over four weekends — Saturday & Sundays from August 6 to August 28, 2022. 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). 

DATES

Each course in the Summer 2022 offering will take place over four weekends — Saturday & Sundays from August 6 to August 28, 2022.

SUMMER 2022 COURSES

Did you know that the United Nations projects the world population to reach 9.7 billion by 2050? Since 70% of the population live in urban areas, sustainable urbanization is relevant now more than ever. It is vital that we investigate developing cities that address existing problems. Proper urban planning strategies are crucial in solving these problems; water shortages, food scarcity, environmental degradation, aging infrastructure and lack of housing are just some of the factors that must be addressed.

This course will focus on the transportation engineering aspect of city design. Working with physics, circuitry principles and digital logic, students will be able to develop a model of a working circuit for a traffic control system.

The course takes place over four weekends, August 6 - 28, 2022 from 9 AM - 1 PM ET with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

 

Fraud is increasing dramatically with the expansion of modern technology and the global superhighways of communication. Annually, fraud results in the loss of billions of dollars worldwide. Fraud detection is a set of processes and analyses that allow businesses to identify and prevent unauthorized financial activity. This can include fraudulent credit card transactions, identity theft, cyber hacking, insurance scams, and more. Working in teams using the Engineering Design Cycle, students will practice engineering thinking processes through python programming.

This course focuses on understanding the techniques of machine learning. Students will create a computer model for fraud detection by the end of the week. No prior computer programming knowledge is required.

The course takes place over four weekends, August 6 - 28, 2022 from 9 AM - 1 PM ET with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

Fraud is increasing dramatically with the expansion of modern technology and the global superhighways of communication. Annually, fraud results in the loss of billions of dollars worldwide. Fraud detection is a set of processes and analyses that allow businesses to identify and prevent unauthorized financial activity. This can include fraudulent credit card transactions, identity theft, cyber hacking, insurance scams, and more. Working in teams using the Engineering Design Cycle, students will practice engineering thinking processes through python programming.

This course focuses on understanding the techniques of machine learning. Students will create a computer model for fraud detection by the end of the week. No prior computer programming knowledge is required.

The course takes place over four weekends, August 6 - 28, 2022 from 2 PM - 6 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 over four weekends, August 6 - 28, 2022 from 9 AM - 1 PM ET with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

PROGRAM FEE

$350

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.

Waitlist:

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.

Bursary:

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.

Cancellation:

A refund or a credit, less a $70.00 administrative fee is available for cancellations received by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, August 2, 2022. 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!

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Do you have questions about Global Engineering Challenge?

Contact us at outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca

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