Engineering Design Day for high school students

Please note: This workshop is not available in-person at this time. Please contact us at if you wish to plan an online version of this program.

During this workshop, students will learn the engineering design process steps, and in small teams, will have to find a solution to an accessibility problem.


  • For students in grades 11 and 12


  • French and English


The schedule can be adapted as needed.

  • 9:00 a.m. - Students arrive on campus and Introduction presentation
  • 9:15 a.m. - Explain the design challenge on accessibility
  • 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - 3D design, in small team
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Lunch (students bring their lunch)
  • 11:45 a.m. to 13:15 p.m. - Labs and STEM Complex visit
  • 13:15 p.m. to 14:15 p.m. - Test prototypes and competition


University of Ottawa, STEM Complex, 150 Louis-Pasteur Pvt, Ottawa

Activity description

The team will design in 3D a device to answer the following problem: how to transport your things if you’re walking on crutches? Each team will be able to print their design with a 3D printer and will be able to test it during a friendly competition.

During the afternoon, students will also have the chance to visit engineering labs such as the Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant, the Civil Engineering Structural Lab or the Electrical Engineering Lab, as well as the STEM Complex with Makerspace, the John McEntyre Center for Competition Teams and the Brunsfield Center.

Previous knowledge of Tinkercad software would be an advantage.


  • Allow students to learn about and experience the engineering design process.
  • Visit the facilities of the Faculty of Engineering.


  • Free

Number of students

  • Minimum and maximum: 12 to 25 students


Contact us at


Julie Olivier
613-562-5800 ext 6973

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