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 experts in engineering, mental health and sustainability. 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 Spring Programming and hope that you will accept this challenge.

*Limited spaces still available!*



Students will be assigned to a specific focus based on their grade level which will act as their focus theme throughout the program. Grade 9 & 10 students will focus on one topic and Grade 11 & 12 students on another.

There are two schedule options: Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, or Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Weekdays will consist of one two-hour session; weekends will be two two-hour sessions with a break in-between. 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.


Grade 9 and 10 students will focus on developing a distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines in Toronto.

Since the onset of Coronavirus in early 2020, scientists have been working on developing a suitable vaccine to prevent the spread of this potentially fatal virus. However, developing a viable vaccination is only one part of the equation; it is equally important for communities to be ready to receive and administer the vaccine as safely and efficiently as possible. As Coronavirus is spread through contact, it is vital for engineers to think of creative ways to administer vaccines to frontline workers and residents while maintaining social distancing protocols.

Through this challenge, we invite students to learn about the intersection between engineering and policy while applying industrial engineering and city planning methods. We hope this challenge will further encourage students to develop innovative ideas that will benefit society.

Grade 11 and 12 students will focus on securing clean water in Indigenous communities in Ontario.

Despite being designated as a top priority for sustainable development by the UN, did you know that many Indigenous communities across Canada do not readily have access to drinkable tap water? In such communities, residents are required to boil their water for at least two minutes before consumption. In order to be an active ally in supporting racialized and Indigenous communities, it is imperative for engineers and policy makers to rectify these systemic barriers and make basic needs accessible to everyone.

Through this challenge, we invite students to learn about the intersection between engineering and policy while applying civil and mechanical engineering methods. We hope this challenge will further encourage students to develop innovative ideas that will benefit society.


$310 for the course.



Wednesday & Saturday GroupThursday & Sunday Group
Wednesdays 4 PM - 6 PMThursdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 3 PMSundays 1 PM - 3 PM & 4 PM - 6 PM


Wednesday & Saturday Group

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 (No session during long weekend)
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  • Saturday, May 29, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  • Saturday, June 12, 2021

Thursday & Sunday Group

  • Sunday, May 16, 2021
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • Sunday, May 23, 2021 (No session during long weekend)
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Sunday, May 30, 2021
  • Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021

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.


If you see that a course is waitlisted on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified 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. The account making process happens after registration. If you are successful in getting a spot in the course, your spot will be held for you while you create your account. There is no need to rush this process.


Bursaries are available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete this application form and email it to us along with your family's most recent Notice of Assessment.

*Please note: the granting of bursaries is reliant on continual communication with the Outreach Office including:

  • Receipt of complete bursary application package that includes all relevant notices of assessment from 2020 and the Application Form
  • Information about the program for which you are interested in registering

While we do our best to process applications as quickly as possible, the assessment process may take up to five business days from when we receive your application package.

Cancellation Policy

A refund or a credit, less a $65.00 administrative fee is available for cancellations by 11:59 PM ET on May 7, 2021. 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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