Earn a secondary school credit in just two weeks.* IDEA: LIT engages students in exploring leadership concepts and taking on community-serving leadership roles.
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July 17 - July 28, 2023*
(*With additional virtual course meetings held the immediate weeks prior and following.)
The U of T Survey Camp at Gull Lake, near Minden, ON
Grades 10-12 Indigenous Students (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit)
Participants will explore fun, hands-on and experiential Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities that will introduce participants to the connections between Indigenous Knowledge and STEM.
Find a community of peers while having fun and forming lifelong friendships.
Learn from the brightest! The program will be taught by a team of Indigenous post-secondary students and graduates.
Earn a high school credit this summer!
Through a uniquely Indigenous lens, participants engage with traditional and cultural knowledge, learn about STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math), and work with our team to share their enthusiasm for leadership and learning with a broad audience. This program is offered as a two-week overnight Land-based program in mid-July at our camp near Minden ON.
The IDEA (Indigenous Design and Engineering Academy) LIT (Leader-In-Training) is an Indigenous-led program grounded in Land-based learning. The program is designed for Indigenous secondary students who are interested in exploring leadership concepts and taking on community-serving leadership roles. Participants will engage with traditional and cultural knowledge, learn about STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math), and work with our team to share their enthusiasm for leadership and learning with a broad audience. Participants will be supported in exploring connections between Indigenous Land-based knowledge systems and STEM related activities.
The LIT program is excellent preparation for participants interested in taking on instructional or advisory roles with the Engineering Outreach Office. Participants are eligible to apply for paid Mentor roles for our IDEA: Horizons program for children and youth during August 2023.
Successful Ontario secondary students will earn a high school credit. This Grade 11 course, Leadership and Peer Support (GPP3O), focuses on the development of critical interpersonal skills and promotes student participation in both school and community life.
*As this is a for-credit program, participants should also anticipate being available for course meetings in the first and last week of July. These will be held virtually.
This program is primarily an outdoor, overnight camp experience at Gull Lake July 17-28, 2023 with some course meetings in the first and last week of July that will be held virtually.
Further details will be provided to registrants.
Open to Ontario Indigenous students in the 2022/23 school year.
To be eligible for the IDEA-LIT program students must meet the following requirements :
- Students must identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit).
- Students must be currently in grades 10-12 of the 2022-2023 school year.
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.
FREE – all program costs will be covered by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Transportation will be provided to and from camp from the University of Toronto's St. George campus. Additional travel-associated costs will be the responsibility of the participant. Travel bursaries may also be available for those that qualify for support.
Bursaries are available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who demonstrate financial need. See the application form find out more about our bursary application process and to apply.
We kindly ask that if you need to cancel your registration, please let us know before the summer start date in order for us to reach out to any participants on our waiting list.
Cancellation requests can be sent in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your understanding! For more details regarding cancellation deadlines, please refer to your confirmation email once you have completed the registration process.