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.

PROGRAM FORMAT

Each course will run for 5 days (Monday to Friday). Each day will consist of 2-hour live sessions, practical demonstrations, and activities for participants to work on during the sessions and breaks.

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

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SUMMER 2021 COURSES

Climate change impacts many facets of our lives, both directly and indirectly. How can engineers successfully combat these changes and prepare society for the future? This course provides a basic introduction to climate change considerations for engineers, including the physical science behind climate change, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and policy initiatives and roadblocks. Through case studies and interactive activities, students will learn how engineers, scientists and researchers from various fields are taking action on climate change and building more resilient communities.

Click here to learn more about this course, and our partnership with the Centre for Climate Science and Engineering.

 

  • August 9 - 13, 2021: 9 AM - 1 PM (including 1-hour Break)

This course will explore various emerging technologies that will be crucial in shaping the future of interactions between humans and artificial systems. You will be introduced to interdisciplinary research across neuro-engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, neuroscience, and medicine. You will be guided through a series of activities that will help you develop the skills needed to perform complex analyses, generate hypotheses, understand scientific papers, and communicate your findings.

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

  • July 5 - 9, 2021: 10 AM - 11 AM (4-hour Break) 3 PM - 4 PM Closed
  • July 12 - 16, 2021: Group A - 10 AM - 11 AM (4-hour Break) 3 PM - 4 PM Closed
  • July 12 - 16, 2021: Group B - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (4-hour Break) 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Closed
  • July 19 - 23, 2021: 10 AM - 11 AM (4-hour Break) 3 PM - 4 PM Closed
  • July 26 - 30, 2021: Group A - 10 AM - 11 AM (4-hour Break) 3 PM - 4 PM Closed
  • July 26 - 30, 2021: Group B - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (4-hour Break) 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Closed
  • August 9 - 13, 2021: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (4-hour Break) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
  • August 16 - 20, 2021: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (4-hour Break) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Creating safe designs is an engineer’s most important task. In this course, you will explore how engineers design parts to prevent failure and ensure safety in the aerospace, biomedical, and automotive industry. Throughout the course, you will learn how to use 3D modelling software to design parts and create safety simulations related to each industry. By the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of what engineering failure is, and you will be able to relate the concepts and techniques learned to personal projects to create safe inventions.

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

  • July 5 - 9, 2021: Group A - 9 AM - 10 AM (4-hour Break) 2 PM - 3 PM Closed
  • July 5 - 9, 2021: Group B - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (4-hour Break) 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Closed
  • July 19 - 23, 2021: Group A - 9 AM - 10 AM (4-hour Break) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Closed
  • July 26 - 30, 2021: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (4-hour Break) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Closed
  • August 9 - 13, 2021: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (4-hour Break) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Light is vital to all of us, and it is used in every aspect of life - from mobile phones, to TVs, to lasers, and even internet communication! In this course, you will explore optics and photonics, which is the science of light. This course will introduce basic concepts in photonics– reflection, diffraction, interference, and the wave-particle nature of light – to build up to the applications of these concepts. You will explore applications in fiber-optical communication, virtual reality, augmented reality, self-driving cars, and quantum science. By the end of this course, you will apply your knowledge to solve a challenge associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Get ready for some lights, camera, and action!

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

  • July 5 - 9, 2021: 9 AM - 10 AM (4-hour Break) 2 PM - 3 PM Closed
  • July 19 - 23, 2021: Group A - 9 AM - 10 AM (4-hour Break) 2 PM - 3 PM Closed

FAQ

What is the weekly time commitment?

The Summer iteration of STEM Enrichment Courses require 2 hours of live sessions per day from Monday to Friday. There will be a break in between sessions, where participants may be encouraged to work on optional course activities to solidify the concepts learned.

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

$250 per course.

$300 for Building Resilience: Engineering Solutions in the Face of Climate Change-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 $50.00 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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