Courses

The U of T Engineering Academy is an opportunity for motivated high school students to engage with high school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum in the lecture halls and labs of Canada’s leading engineering school. Through a rigorous combination of classroom and experiential learning, including educational excursions throughout the city, students will prepare themselves for university while discovering the University of Toronto.

Forces etc.
Session 1 (August 6-9, 2019) and Session 2 (August 12-15, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 11 Physics (SPH3U)
Kelsey Eakin

Are you excited for Grade 11 Physics? Do you want to get ahead? Do you want to learn about forces in an enriching and hands on way? This course is for you. Forces are something we experience all day everyday in our lives. In this course we will examine the Newtonian equations which describe everyday phenomena in order to predict what will happen and compare to experimental results. You will also develop the skills to solve complex and advanced problems.  

Advanced Functions FUNdamentals
Session 1 (August 6-9, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 11 Mathematics: Functions (MCR3U)
Justin Chan

This course continues students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills.

Functions FUNdamentals
Session 2 (August 12-15, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 10 Mathematics: Principles of Mathematics (MPM2D)
Justin Chan

This course introduces and prepares the concepts of “the function” by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric, exponential, radical, and reciprocal functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

The World of Carbon
Session 1 (August 6-9, 2019) and Session 2 (August 12-15, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 11 Chemistry (SCH3U)
Judy Fe Larong

What do paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and explosive materials have in common? They all involve organic chemistry. Organic Chemistry is the study of the properties, structures, and reactions of organic compounds.  Organic compounds are composed of the elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur.

This course will introduce the students to the fundamentals of organic chemistry exploring the principles and concepts of the field. Developments and modern applications of organic chemistry will also be discussed. In this course, the students will be performing laboratory experiments, which will allow them to investigate more about organic compounds and their applications. Lab tours will also be conducted during the course to learn more about the latest updates in organic chemistry research.

Genetic Engineering: The Sculptor of the Future?
Session 2 (August 12-15, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 11 Biology (SBI3U)
Cam Malthaner

Recent advances in genetic engineering have made everything from cloning woolly mammoths to treating previously mysterious human diseases possible. In this course, participants will take a hands-on approach towards the Molecular Genetics unit of Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U). Workshops, field trips to research labs, case studies, and debates will shape this exploration into the rapidly-evolving field of human genomics. Participants will cover the basics of human genetics, genetic editing and engineering, modern biotechnology, ethical implications of current research, and the future of life as we know it.

The Ecosystem of Science
Session 1 (August 6-9, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 9 Science (SNC1D)
Richard Liu

Through lecture and general discussions students will explore the daily life of a university student who is studying science,  students will learn how to identify stressors in university life, and develop coping strategies and skills. Through hands-on activities students will learn about what will be covered in different years of university studies, the various kinds of labs they would be conducting in biology.  Learning about the various departments, career paths, professions, ecosystem with in science. Through project based learning, students will learn to navigate and plan out their own career paths.

Cryptography and Game Theory
Session 2 (August 12-15, 2019)
Recommended prerequisite: Grade 9 Mathematics: Principles of Mathematics (MPM1D)
Larry Kei

Kwvozibctibqwva ivl emtkwum bw Kzgxbwozixpg ivl Oium Bpmwzg. It is not that confusing, since Julius Caesar has been my inspiration since 8 years old. The course focuses on basics of classical cryptography and game theory, applying probability and combinatorics fundamentals to fun activities. If hiding messages in plain sight, communicating using mysterious codes and solving puzzles sounds interesting, this is the course for you. You will participate in a course-long competition including rock-paper-scissors and dice rolling.