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 4 Saturdays in a row 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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COURSE OFFERINGS

Grades 9 & 10

So You Think You Can Engineer Modern Medicine?

Biomedical engineers use countless skills to design, develop and optimize healthcare systems. In this course, you will complete design challenges by applying learned skills to realistic healthcare problems in today’s age. In addition to learning common techniques in biomedical engineering, you will perform complex analyses, generate hypotheses, read through scientific papers and communicate their findings.

Grades 9 & 10

Design a Sustainable World

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. 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 will then have the opportunity to use engineering design principles to develop and propose solutions that address this global catastrophic risk.

Grades 11 & 12

Materials and Manufacturing: The Realm of Optics

What is light? What are reflection, refraction, and diffraction? This course will cover the fundamentals of optics including the basic concepts of light. You will further explore the principles of microscopes and telescopes before emerging to the finest and best natural lens, our eyes. While investigating different optical materials, you will understand how its characteristics affect its optical properties and manufacturing process.

Grade 9 & 10

Predicting the Future with Data

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a spreadsheet and all the numbers? This course will introduce you to powerful tools for processing, visualizing and modeling large quantities of data. You will be introduced to linear and ensemble methods and learn how to fit, tune and test a computational model. At the end of this course, you will be able to make predictions on infectious disease outbreaks, sports performance, forest fires, or even video game outcomes!

Grades 11 & 12

Skys the Limit! Modern Aircraft Development

Few inventions have inspired people as much as the airplane. This course will focus on modern aircraft development from the perspective of advanced manufacturing and materials. As you develop your understanding of various fabrication processes used in the aerospace industry, you will gain an appreciation for the design and manufacturing of different aircraft.

Grade 11 & 12

Artificial Intelligence and the World

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a spreadsheet and all the numbers? This course will introduce you to powerful tools for processing, visualizing and modeling large quantities of data. You will be introduced to linear and ensemble methods and learn how to fit, tune and test a computational model. At the end of this course, you will be able to make predictions on infectious disease outbreaks, sports performance, forest fires, or even video game outcomes!

SCHEDULE

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

Dates:

October 17 – November 7, 2020
November 14 – December 5, 2020

Each course will be offered twice, with a start date of either October 17th or November 14th, and last for 4 weeks. Students will meet every Saturday during their course for two 1.5 hour sessions with a half-hour break in between.

 

Grade 9 & 10 Courses

"So You think you Can Engineer Modern Medicine?", "Predicting the Future with Data" and "Design a Sustainable World"

2:30 PM – 4 PM 

(30-minute Break)

4:30 PM – 6 PM

 

Grade 11 & 12 Courses

"Materials and Manufacturing: The Realm of Optics", "Artificial Intelligence and the World" and "Sky's the Limit! Modern Aircraft Development"

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 participated in a Stem Enrichment Course over the summer, 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 in over the summer as it will cover very similar content. 

Please Note: The course "Predicting the Future with Data" is comparable to the summer 2020 course "Artificial Intelligence and the World". If you have already taken the "Artificial Intelligence and the World" we do not recommend registering for "Predicting the Future with Data".

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).

Do you provide bursaries for this program?

Yes, we do. A completed bursary form is required to be considered for a bursary. Note that if your 2019 notice of assessment doesn’t reflect your current situation due to COVID-19, please explain your current situation further in the form linked above.

PROGRAM FEES

$95 per course

If you have questions about High School STEM Enrichment Courses:

Contact us at outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

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