About Engineering Outreach

Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization run through the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Engineering, with a main focus on providing youth with accessible programming in STEM.

Founded in 1991, Engineering Outreach originally provided programming to 60 participants. 29 years later, we now reach over 43,000 youth yearly through camps, clubs, workshops, and events. 


  • 1999 - A brand new Club for Girls is run for the first time
  • 2009 - GirlSci and TeenTech programming is created, offering our programs to a wider range of audiences
  • 2013 - 3D printing is introduced into the curriculum to kick-start the creative world of Engineering Design for youth!
  • 2014 - The University of Ottawa's Makerspace is created, allowing students and the public to take charge of their ideas
  • 2015 - New Enrichment programs are created, as well as Makergirls and Minimed, in order to appeal to an even larger population
  • 2016
    • The University of Ottawa's Makermobile is launched, the first mobile makerspace for youth. Now, we currently have a selection of 3 different vans!
    • Satellite Camps are offered to ensure participants have access to programming closer to home
  • 2018 - The Faculty of Engineering Secondary School is created

Our objectives

  1. To provide STEM programming to youth in a fun, iterative, project-based environment. 
  2. To reach hindered audiences in order to provide accessible STEM programming to all youth, especially those that otherwise would not have access. In particular:
    • At-Risk youth
    • Indigenous youth
    • Female youth*
  3. To increase awareness about the opportunities the University of Ottawa can offer youth in their future education.

*Reaching the female population - According to a survey by ONWiE, the number of females entering the field of Engineering is a low 14%. Although this number has improved, we aim to continue supporting females in STEM by offering programming just for girls, in a safe, mentor-friendly environment for them to thrive.

Community involvement

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Adventures in Engineering and Science is committed to introducing young minds to the wonders and merits of science, engineering, and technology, no matter their ethnicity, gender, culture, and socio-economic background.

We offer completely subsidized workshops and summer camp programs to youth across Ontario and Quebec.

    We are proud to have partnered with the following groups and organizations:

    • Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (Ottawa)
    • Odawa Native Friendship Centre (Ottawa)
    • Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (Ottawa)
    • Black Engagement Civic Action Network (Ottawa)
    • Minwaashin Lodge - Aboriginal Women's Support Centre (Ottawa)
    • Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (Ottawa)
    • Akwesasne Freedom School (Cornwall)
    • Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School (Cornwall)
    • Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall (Cornwall)
    • Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke (Pembroke)
    • Kenjgenwin Tek Educational Institute (M'Chigeeng)
    • Kitigan Zibi Community (Maniwaki)
    • Nipissing First Nation (Nipissing)
    • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (Peterborough)
    • North Bay Indian Friendship Centre (North Bay)
    • N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre (Sudbury)
    • Sheshegwaning First Nation, St-Joseph Anishinaabek school (Sheshegwaning)
    • Whitefish River First Nation (Whitefish River)
    • Boys and Girls Club of Dawson Community Centre (Verdun)
    • Scouts Canada (Ottawa)
    • Girl Guides of Canada (Ottawa, Manotick, Wakefield, North Gower, Ennismore, Trenton, Bridgenorth)
    • Pathway to Education
    • City of Ottawa (Public libraries and community centres)
    • Christie Lake Community Centre
    • Crysler Optimist Club
    • Rotary Club of Nepean


    Adventures Platinum Funders

     TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, uOttawa, Ontario Power Generation, Youth Services Jeunesse, NSERC-CRSNG, Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario, Government of Canada, Community Foundation of Ottawa


    Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming.

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    Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide.

    2018 Actua National Funders

     Government of Canada, Google, Suncor Energy Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, General Electric, NSERC-CRSNG, Toyota Foundation, TD, Lockheed Martin, Imperial Oil, GE, RBC
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