STEM Enrichment Courses

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The STEM Enrichment Courses aim to challenge and excite highly-motivated students from grades 9 through 12 in various areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Led by upper-undergraduate and graduate engineering students, students explore advanced engineering topics and the range of projects engineers work on in order to build a better society. Students will realize what it means to be a well-rounded engineer in this community-oriented, remote and accessible virtual environment.

*Limited spaces still available!*

PROGRAM FORMAT

Each course will run for four Saturdays and consist of live sessions and practical demonstrations. Students will also be invited to participate in optional activities that focus on degree and career exploration, personal development, and community-building.

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2021 COURSES

Grades 9 and 10

Artificial Organs and Tissue Engineering

In this course, you will learn about the use of tissue engineering, stem cells and transplantations in therapies and gain scientific understanding of artificial organs. The objective of the course is to introduce both advanced research areas and basic concepts in artificial organs which has become increasingly popular in healthcare. If you sign up for this course, you will be guided through a series of activities and simulation and learn how to perform complex analyses, generate hypotheses, understand scientific papers, and communicate their findings.

Grades 9 and 10

Design a Sustainable World

*Limited spaces still available!*

How can we engineer our environment and repurpose the Earth to support life? Every year, Earth’s resources are consumed 50% faster than they can be replenished, and, with predictions that the world’s population will grow to 9.8 billion by the year 2050, it’s clearer now than ever that we need solutions to human overconsumption. This course will explore increasingly relevant and interdisciplinary concepts in sustainability, from technological design to economics. With an appreciation of the complex nature of sustainability, you’ll then have the opportunity to use engineering design principles to develop and propose solutions that address this global catastrophic risk.

Grades 9 and 10

Think Like an Engineer!

Have you ever wondered how engineers find solutions to many of humanity’s problems? In fact, our entire species depends entirely on engineered artifacts to function—but many of us are not aware of the engineering practices and techniques that brought us to this point in modern society. In this course, you will gain an appreciation for the nature of engineering, and undertake a project to develop an innovation that will solve a problem in your own life. Together, we will also explore how the role of an engineer has evolved from the ancient world to our current era—and subsequently show how human needs have always been met by engineering. With a newfound understanding of the rigorous engineering design process and systems thinking, you will be able to conquer any challenge!                                                                              

Grade 11 and 12

Manufacturing and Computer-Aided Design

In the manufacturing industry, the devil is in the details, meaning that small design flaws can have a huge impact in the final quality of a product. In this course, you will not only become experts in 3D modelling using computer aided design (CAD) software such as Fusion 360, but also learn how to effectively design components for various manufacturing processes to ensure top quality products. Throughout the course, you will go through several tutorials on using Fusion 360 to design products in different industries, and learn how to modify design to accommodate limitations of different manufacturing processes. During the course, you will be given the opportunity to design a product from scratch and go through the process to bring your design to fruition.                                                                             

SCHEDULE

Dates:

May 15, May 29, June 5, and June 12 (There will not be a session during the long weekend.)

 

Design a Sustainable WorldThink Like an Engineer!

2:30 PM – 4 PM 

(30-minute Break)

4:30 PM – 6 PM

 

Manufacturing and Computer-Aided Design & Artificial Organs and Tissue Engineering

10 AM – 11:30 AM

(30-minute break)

12 PM – 1:30 PM

FAQ

What is the weekly time commitment?

The STEM Enrichment Courses require no more than 3 hours of participation per day. There will be two (2) live sessions per day, each session is 90 minutes (1.5 hours). 

Would I be able to register for two sessions with the same start date?

As all sessions for specific grades start at the same time you are not able to register for two sessions with the same start date. 

If I previously participated in a STEM Enrichment Course, can I register for these courses now?

Yes, you can! However, it is advised that you do not register for the same course that you participated before, as it will cover very similar content. 

What technology do I need for remote learning?

U of T has compiled a list of Recommended Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Learning. Students taking part in  STEM Enrichment Courses will need a computer (tablets are not recommended), internet access with a minimum download speed of 5Mbps, speakers, and microphone (or headset).

PROGRAM FEES

$225 per 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.

Waitlist

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

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 $45.00 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!

Limited space available for registration.

Do you have questions about High School STEM Enrichment Courses?

Contact us at outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca

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