Jr. DEEP Saturdays

Jr. DEEP Saturdays - Inspiring Bright Young Minds

Modelled after our Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) Summer Academy for high school students, Jr. DEEP Saturdays offers courses on cutting-edge topics in science, technology and engineering, with an emphasis on hands-on learning.

Our Jr. DEEP Saturdays programs run for three consecutive Saturdays with the topic changing each week. Below are descriptions for the  Jr. DEEP Saturdays program . Classes are divided by grade – there will be a class for students in grades 3/4, grades 5/6, and grades 7/8 according to the 2018/2019 school year. All participants have the opportunity to participate in all the activities listed below over the course of the three weeks in no particular order.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018


12:00pm – 1:00pm | Drop-off/Registration
1:00pm – 4:00pm | Program time
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Pick-up

Click here to register for the Jr. DEEP Saturday Fall Program!

* Please note that registration will not be open until Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00 AM.

Fall 2018 Topics

Ride Warriors: Imagining Your Own Amusement Park Attractions

Students will explore key principles of physics and use the engineering design process to create amusement park rides and attractions from their own imagination inspired by real world examples. They will also examine the role of simple machines such as pulleys and gears and apply this knowledge to the creation of novel prototype designs of such amusement park rides as swing sets and see-saws, electric carousels and hydraulic drop-towers.

Engineering Connections: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Trip to the Stars: Space and Flight

Prepare for take-off!  Take a trip and explore a taste of the final frontier.  Students will learn about aerodynamics, the principles of flight, and forces by designing and building their own spaceship in the form of short distance gliders.  They will learn how engineers build spacecraft capable of exploring the infinite beyond and what we as humans need to survive!

Engineering Connections: Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering

Engineering Watercraft

This class will expose students to the engineering side of marine expeditions, and have them learn about the science behind buoyancy and movement on water. Students will think like engineers and work in teams to design a watercraft with limited resources. Students should come prepared to think outside the box and combine their creativity with the engineering design process to put their creations to the test!

Engineering Connections: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science

Bursary Information

If the fees for this program create a financial barrier, please consider applying for an Engineering Outreach Bursary. You are eligible to apply if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person with demonstrated financial need. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please contact our office prior to registration for your next steps.

When you are applying for a bursary please use the coupon code BURSARY at the check-out screen to bypass payment. Registration

How to apply:

Register for the program you would like to attend and use the coupon code BURSARY 

Download and complete the bursary application form and submit the completed form along with your most recent Notice of Assessment to the email outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

Once the forms have been submitted to us, we will contact you with the results of bursary in the following weeks prior to the start of the program. Please note that if you are on a waitlist or have not registered for a course, your bursary application will not be assessed.

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For more information, please contact us at: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca or (416) 946-0816.