Group of Jr. DEEP students playing a game

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 2017/2018 school year) of the participant. For example, if the participant is currently in grade 6, they will be eligible for the Jr. DEEP Summer 2018 Grade 5/6 courses.

Registration for the Jr. DEEP, Girls’ Jr. DEEP, ENGage, and Girls’ Grade 7-9 Leadership Retreat will open on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00am. Click here to register for these programs!*

 *Please note that this link will not be Active until 7:00am on Tuesday, May 1st.

2018 Course Descriptions:

Grades 3/4

Mysteries the Uncharted: Sea & Space
What secrets lie hidden in our universe? What challenges would brave explorers face when travelling to the deepest depths or to the furthest reaches of outer space? In this course, students will explore engineering concepts related to sea and space exploration and learn how humanity is pushing the limits in these frontiers through technological advances. They will explore ways for safer travel, exploration, and habitation in these physical environments while considering factors that affect human health and the environment.

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science.

Feats of Construction: Building a Metropolis
How has urban design changed and evolved since ancient times? Will populations, resources and the changing climate alter how humanity will continue to live?  From material considerations to the dangers posed by natural disasters, students in this course will explore the challenges involved in building cities to thrive.  They will also consider and explore ideas on how current technology can be used to solve common environmental issues and examine the broader effects cities can have.

Disciplines: Materials Science, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science

Blast to the Past: Invention Convention!
Have you ever wondered how something was invented? This course will introduce students to some of the most significant inventions of the modern era and have them explore the historical processes that occurred to produce many of the common items of today. They will also be given the opportunity to follow the engineering design process to plan and build a prototype invention of their very own!

Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Grades 5/6

Population Dynamics: Earth Resources & Energy
The Earth is now home to almost eight billion people.  Is there enough food to feed everyone or enough energy to meet demand? This course will introduce students to the different strategies scientists use to address our ever-growing population.  Students will explore and touch upon surrounding topics and proposed solutions, such as GMOs, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and raw materials. The limits and changes in infrastructure will also be touched upon.

Discipline: Environmental Sciences, Industrial Engineering

Transportation Throughout the Ages: Maps & Models
Have you ever wondered how the first automobile on the market worked? How about today’s self-driving cars?   This course aims to answer these questions and explore the changes the automobile and other modes of transportation have undergone over the centuries.  Students will have the opportunity to create their own models of these vehicles and discuss the future directions of our roads and transportation systems. They will learn about vehicles that run on alternative types of fuel, the impact of automobiles and transportation in general has on the environment, and internal/external design elements.

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering

Forging Olympians: Engineering & Exercise Science
Our knowledge surrounding exercise and fitness has come a long way since the Olympics Games in Ancient Greece.  This class will have students learn how science and engineering has worked to protect and maximize athletic performance.  They will also learn about the types of prosthetics and equipment that have helped allow Paralympians reach their own athletic goals and discover how human performance can be pushed beyond its limits!

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Biology

Grades 7/8

Crime Scene Investigations: Forensic Analysis
Ever wondered what it’s like to do detective work?  Biomedical engineers use the science of genetics to create tools, equipment and processes to examine evidence and solve crimes.  Students will spend a week working on various scientific and engineering problems to solve a mystery.  They will discuss the science of forensics and a take a close look at how experts combine concepts of science with engineering tools to put the pieces together.

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Engineering Electronics: Mechatronics & Automation
What are the components that make up the electronics we use each and every day? In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of circuitry and the mechanics behind today’s most common gadgets and machines.  They will discuss how technology is used to make our lives easier while considering the human factors involved in order to further improve our lives.  Students will work to create various prototypes of their own machines and watch their ideas come to life!

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Capstone Creations: Pitch Penthouse
Imagine that you have one minute to convince business moguls that your idea is worth bringing to life.  In this capstone course, students are challenged to mix engineering with business. They will learn the process of turning an idea into a product, and all the stages in between. They will discuss “behind-the-scenes” challenges, such as material choice, budgeting, marketing and advertising.  Pitch Penthouse will bring about creativity, leadership and entrepreneurship as students build and conceptualize solutions to everyday challenges.  How will you change the world?

Disciplines: Engineering Science, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science

Jr. DEEP Math

Luck and Chance
The carnival is a place full of fun, games, prizes and tricks! Have you ever wondered what are your chances of winning the grand prize?  In this carnival themed course, students will learn how vendors pull off probability tricks with dice, cards, coins, and mind games.  They will learn how to calculate their chances of winning and how to strategize in these chance-based games.  Students will also have the opportunity to create their own games and incorporate their ideas into a classroom-made theme park.

Level: Grades 3/4

Culinary Chemistry
Ever wonder why pizza dough rises or why your chocolate chip cookie recipe isn’t as scrumptious as grandma’s? Believe or not, math is all around us, whether it is in cooking, manufacturing, and the packaging and processing of food.  Students in Culinary Chemistry will learn how math is incorporated in recipes involving chemical reactions, nutrition, and quality assurance.

Level: Grades 5/6

Mass Production
With each passing second, phones, pencils and other products sold commercially are produced, packed and shipped in extraordinary quantities. With the large volume of products being created and sold, it is important to minimize costs, while maximizing production, all while taking into consideration competition, supply and demand, and general impact.  In this course students will learn economics and how math is incorporated into mass production and its importance in keeping industries running efficiently and effectively.

Level: Grades 7/8



Jr. DEEP Math

July 3-6, 2018


July 16-20, 2018

July 23-27, 2018

July 30-August 3, 2018

August 13-17, 2018

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 will open on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00am Eastern Time. The link to register can be found below:

Click here to register for this program!

Coding Camp Dates:

Week 1: July 16th – July 20th

Week 2: July 23rd – July 27th

Week 3: July 30th – August 3rd

Week 4: August 13th – August 17th  

Week 5: August 20th – August 24th


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:

$355 CAD


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 2017/2018 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.


Medical Science Building (1 King’s College Circle)

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.