Virtual 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 (2021-2022 school year).

Each course in the Winter 2022 offering will take place over eight Saturdays. 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). 


While there has been much research undertaken and shared on the impact that COVID-19 has on our physical health, understanding the impact of this pandemic on our mental health is still in its infancy. When classrooms shut their doors, millions of youth are sent online to study and the world is just starting to see and understand the impact that virtual learning during this pandemic is having on the mental health of youth. Disruption in routines, isolation, academic stress and a change in social environment have led to a new wave of mental health and wellness challenges youth experience in growing numbers.

In this course students explore the intersection of health and engineering by working in teams to design a video game to combat social isolation. Instruction on video game development will be provided; no prior experience is required.

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The course takes place over eight Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 26, March 5, March 12 & March 19 

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The United Nations has called on the world to significantly reduce our plastic waste by the year 2030. Some scientists argue that this change will come too late and that our oceans are facing an immediate crisis that requires the world to come together to address. It's estimated that there are roughly 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste in our oceans as of today, with an additional 8.3 million tons more plastic ending up there every year. This course will ask students to explore existing and proposed approaches to ocean cleanup.

Working in teams using the Engineering Design Cycle, participants will develop 3D model prototypes of possible solutions to this ever-growing global problem. While the focus will be on solid waste, students will be challenged to also consider chemical solutions to address liquid and gaseous waste in our water. No prior knowledge is required.

Registration Closed

The course takes place over eight Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM with a 30-minute break as directed by the instructor.

January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 26, March 5, March 12 & March 19

Registration Closed



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 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 11:59 PM ET on Monday, January 17, 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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