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 Winter Programming and hope that you will accept this challenge.

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PROGRAM FORMAT

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.

This program runs every Saturday from January 23 to March 27 with the exception of February 13. Every Saturday will consist of two sessions with a break in-between.  The first session focuses on content and practical demonstration. Students will then work in teams to prototype their designs during the second session. 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.

2021 COURSES

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.

SCHEDULE

All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Grade 9/10

10 AM - 12 PM & 12:30 PM - 2 PM

Grade 11/12

10 AM - 12 PM & 12:30 PM - 12 PM

WEEKLY TOPICS

Grade 9/10

  • Week 1 - January 23, 2021
  • Week 2 - January 30, 2021
  • Week 3 - February 6, 2021
  • Week 4 - February 20, 2021
  • Week 5 - February 27, 2021
  • Week 6 - March 6, 2021
  • Week 7 - March 13, 2021
  • Week 8 - March 20, 2021
  • Week 9 - March 27, 2021

Grade 11/12

  • Week 1 - January 23, 2021
  • Week 2 - January 30, 2021
  • Week 3 - February 6, 2021
  • Week 4 - February 20, 2021
  • Week 5 - February 27, 2021
  • Week 6 - March 6, 2021
  • Week 7 - March 13, 2021
  • Week 8 - March 20, 2021
  • Week 9 - March 27, 2021

FAQ's

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 the Global Engineering Challenge 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.

What is the weekly time commitment?

The GEC program requires 3.5 hours of participation per Saturday and a maximum of 1.5 hours of optional activities throughout the week. 

PROGRAM FEES


$230 for 9 weeks

Registration is closed.

If you have questions about Global Engineering Challenge:

Contact us at outreach@engineering.utoronto.ca

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