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 Summer 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. 

Each course in the summer will take place during two sessions a week over a four-week period. The sessions will focus on content and practical demonstrations, followed by students working in teams to prototype their designs. Students will also be invited to participate in optional activities that focus on degree and career exploration, personal development, and community-building.

In addition to engineering design workshops, students will have the opportunity to participate in life-skills seminars that will cover a variety of topics to help them further develop tools that will help them succeed beyond the classroom.

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

SUMMER 2021 COURSES

From overworked nurses at hospitals to scheduling the next sports tournament, finding an optimal schedule that meets constraints and maximizes the efficiency and happiness of workers is a challenging problem. Students will learn Linear Programming and apply their knowledge in solving real world optimization problems. This course will also introduce students to Linear Algebra, an essential foundation in engineering. We invite students in tackling this real-world problem with the use of Python and knowledge of work physiology to write a simple optimization algorithm. Although these challenges are inspired by Industrial Engineering principles, the skill of optimization is widely applicable to many fields such as business and life sciences.

No prior programming experience is needed.

Each of the following is a complete course consisting of the same content. As such, we highly recommend that students only register for one of the date ranges offered below. 

June 30 - July 23, 2021: Group A - Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

June 30 - July 23, 2021: Group B - Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

August 3 - 26, 2021: Group A - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

As society becomes more and more technologically advanced, industries around the world also become subject to fast-paced changes. In particular, the healthcare industry continues to face new challenges every day relating to rapidly-evolving government regulations, technological improvements and growing demands and expectations from patients. Modern healthcare practices must carefully take into consideration the well-being of patients, and this must include a positive patient experience in our technological world.

In this course, students will have the opportunity to study and explore ongoing challenges in the healthcare industry with regards to improving patient experiences while applying User Experience Design principles. We invite students in tackling this real-world problem by building a working prototype using Figma, HTML, and CSS. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about marketing strategies and will present a business pitch by the end of the course.

No prior programming experience is needed.

Each of the following is a complete course consisting of the same content. As such, we highly recommend that students only register for one of the date ranges offered below. 

Grades 9/10 - July 3 - July 25, 2021: Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

Grades 11/12 - July 3 - July 25, 2021: Saturdays & Sundays, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

Every year, millions of acres of land are consumed by wildfires worldwide. Wildfires are a huge contributor to climate change and habitat loss. Students will be studying the trends of wildfires closely, analyzing the locations and severity of these wildfires to make predictions on how future wildfires would behave. These kinds of analysis would be vital when preparing to contain and extinguish wildfires in the future.

We invite students in tackling this real-world problem with the use of Python to create visualizations and predictive models to analyze large quantities of time series data. Students will learn how to write a simple nearest neighbour clustering algorithm and harness the power of pandas dataframes.

Some prior programming experience is encouraged but not required.

Each of the following is a complete course consisting of the same content. As such, we highly recommend that students only register for one of the date ranges offered below. 

June 29 - July 27, 2021: Group A - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

June 29 - July 27, 2021: Group B - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM REGISTRATION CLOSED

Please Note: There will be no class on July 1st (Canada Day)

August 3 - 26, 2021: Group A - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

PROGRAM FEES

$350 for the course.

 

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 5Mbps, speakers, and microphone (or headset). While not required, webcams are recommended.

Video Permission:

We understand that there is a possibility that a student may 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.

Bursaries:

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 Policy

A refund or a credit, less a $70.00 administrative fee is available for cancellations received seven (7) business days prior to the start date by 11:59 PM ET. 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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