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

Please note that program registrations are based on the current grade (in the 2018/2019 school year) of the participant. For example, if the participant is currently in grade 6, they will be eligible for the Jr. DEEP Summer 2019 Grade 5/6 courses.

Jr. DEEP 2020 course information will be available in the coming weeks. The details below reflect a general overview of what was offered last summer (2019). 

2019 Course Descriptions:

Grades 3/4

Spy Academy: Undercover Operations
Step into the shoes of an investigator and uncover the world of secret gadgets, evidence gathering, surveillance and forensics! As new agents of Jr. DEEP Spy Academy, you will have the opportunity to learn how clever modern-day science and engineering have been used to help solve crime scenes, decode messages, and by-pass some of the highest security measures. From building security systems to spy equipment, you will unlock the secrets of espionage through hands-on investigations and challenges. This is your mission, engineer, should you choose to accept it!

Disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Amazing Athletics: Exercise and Sports Engineering
Have you ever wondered how athletes maximize their performance? As sports engineers, you will investigate how athletes interact with their equipment and the environment and discover ways to help our favourite players stay at the top of their games! From prostheses to running blades, you will explore the world of Paralympic sports and discover how engineering has helped human beings push beyond their limits and achieve incredible feats!

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science

Mad Machines: From Ancient Times to Modern Civilization
How did the Egyptians build the Great Pyramids all those years ago? In this course, students will imagine what building was like in ancient times and learn how engineers have used some of the same physical principles to design and build the skyscrapers we see today!  Understanding such simple machines such as pulleys, wedges and axles, students will learn how each one plays important roles within more complicated devices.  Students will also be introduced to some of the most important complex machines across time, such as catapults, bicycles and the famous Rube Goldberg.  Let the machine madness begin!

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science

Grades 5/6

Engineering the Entertainment World: The Magic Behind the Scenes
Ever wondered how in movies it can look like New York is being destroyed by monsters, when in reality it’s like nothing has happened? Or how 3D movies are created to provide us with a more realistic experience?  Students in Engineering the Entertainment World will learn how all of this is done! From the props used on film sets to the virtual effects we see on screen, they will get first-hand experience on what it’s like to work behind the scenes to create this magic.

Discipline: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

Medical Miracles: Bridging Engineering and Medicine
When one thinks of the medical field they might imagine doctors and nurses and the medicine that they prescribe but in reality, there’s so much more!  From researchers running tests on DNA to technicians creating machines for medical imaging., there’s a lot of professionals working together to improve our health and well-being  In Medical Miracles, students will work to bridge the fields of engineering and medicine. They will learn about many exciting breakthroughs and concepts including prosthetics, pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering, and medical imaging through short lessons and interactive, hands-on activities.

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering 

Extreme Innovators
No matter where you look we are surrounded by inventions, ranging from the machines that aid us in tasks, to the products used for leisure and entertainment.   Yet despite their varied purposes, these inventions all have at least one thing in common—they are the manifestation of an idea.  Innovation is everywhere surrounding us and, in this course, students will learn about successful inventions and have the opportunity to not only build their own, but apply their knowledge and make their own unique improvements to continuing driving innovation forward.

Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science

Grades 7/8

Engineering Through the Cosmos
In this course, students will embark on an adventure where they will learn how space exploration and engineering are intertwined. They will discover and learn about current innovative research and technologies that will one day allow us to traverse the stars. Students will also experiment and learn about relevant concepts including gravity, the solar system and its marvels, and the engineering of space exploration, colonization and terraforming.

Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Engineering and Global Challenges
In the 21st century, the world’s populations face many global challenges such as poverty, pollution and food and water shortages that are seemingly without a current solution.  This class will have students form teams to brainstorm and conduct research on these issues to engineer solutions to these real-world problems.  They will work together to design projects and hands-on initiatives that can act as possible solutions that may one day better our world.

Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering

Engineering for the Apocalypse (Grades 7/8)
Imagine that the world as you know it is gone.  This class will have students take upon the role of survivors who must work together to create and build solutions that will help humanity overcome the various challenges typical of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. One thing is certain: engineering is the key to survival. Here, students will learn and utilize the engineering design process to tackle activities ranging from creating shelters to designing futuristic, unconventional devices out of minimal materials.

Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering



Week 1  July 15th, 2019 – July 19th, 2019

Week 2 – July 22nd, 2019 – July 26th, 2019

Week 3 – July 29th, 2019 – August 2nd, 2019

Week 4 – August 12th 2019 – August 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Supervision: We offer supervision from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm at no additional charge.

Cost: $340 per week

Location: University of Toronto, St. George Campus (College and St. George)

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Jr. DEEP Coding

Jr. DEEP Coding is a crash course that will provide students with the opportunity to master the basics of coding. They will be introduced to various coding languages and explore how to create their own programs, with an emphasis on coding logic, programming functionality, and theory.

Participants may only attend one week of the coding program as the content repeats week after week. Registration opens on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00AM EST

Coding Camp Dates:

Week 1  July 15th, 2019 – July 19th, 2019

Week 2 – July 22nd, 2019 – July 26th, 2019

Week 3 – July 29th, 2019 – August 2nd, 2019

Week 4 – August 12th 2019 – August 16th, 2019


9:00am – 4:00pm*

*We offer before care (8:00am – 9:00am) and after care (4:00pm – 5:00pm) free of charge.

Coding Camp Cost:

$340 per week


Grade 5/6, Grade 7/8

Jr. DEEP Coding Camp is only available for students in grades 5/6 and grade 7/8. The grade of the participant refers to their current grade in the 2017/2019 school year. For example, a student who is currently in grade 6 and will be going to grade 7 in September will be eligible to register for the grade 5/6 program. Students who are currently in grade 4 will not be able to register for the grade 5/6 program.


University of Toronto, St. George Campus (College and St. George)

Wait List
If you see that a course is waitlisted, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the wait list will be notified immediately in the order they registered in and will be offered the spot. Please note that space only opens up in the program if another participant drops out. We cannot guarantee that a space will open up in any of the courses.

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 use the coupon code BURSARY at the check-out screen to bypass payment.

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