Faculty of Engineering Secondary School

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The Faculty of Engineering Secondary School at the University of Ottawa offers high school students the opportunity to take courses while gaining credits toward their Ontario secondary school diploma. All courses offered follow the Ontario curriculum guidelines while engaging students in hands-on learning opportunities in technological design or computer science.


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Summer courses

Exploring Technological Design (TDJ1O)

This 4-week long exploratory course introduces students to concepts and skills related to technological design, which involves the development of solutions to various design challenges and the fabrication of prototypes of those solutions. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the field. The course curriculum focuses on the engineering design process which is taught through hand sketching, 3D drawings and 3D modelling.

The Exploring Technological Design course (TDJ1O) is an open course designed for all high school students. Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal. Students taking this course will gain hands-on design skills right at the Faculty of Engineering. Students who successfully complete the course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma.


Technological Design (TDJ2O)

Technological Design - TDJ2O, is a course that provides students with a better understanding of the engineering design process through projects done with microcomputer and virtual reality. Students will have the chance to learn about micro:bit microcomputer, they will use multiple sensors and develop coding to solve common problems. They will also explore, create and program a virtual world using CoSpaces. At the end of the course, the students will take part in an engineering design challenge by creating a virtual world that solves a defined problem.

Although this course has no prerequisites, it is helpful to have taken Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O prior to enrolling in this course. Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal. Students can either take part in the full-course or take Part 1 of the course and come back next summer to complete Part 2. Those who successfully complete the full course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma and those who successfully complete Part 1 of the course will gain half a credit toward their secondary school diploma.


Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O)

Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O) is a course that provides students with a better understanding of computers, from hardware components to software applications and operating systems. Following the engineering design process, students will develop programming skills and will create an app to solve a defined problem. Students will also have the opportunity to see real-world software applications through guest speakers of Ottawa’s innovative tech companies.

This is an open course designed for all high school students. Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal. Students enrolled in this course will gain hands-on computer experience and skills right at the Faculty of Engineering. Students can either take part in the full-course or take Part 1 of the course and come back next summer to complete Part 2. Those who successfully complete the full course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma and those who successfully complete Part 1 of the course will gain half a credit toward their secondary school diploma.


WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U)

WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U) is a course that provides students with an immersive experience in the world of computer science, exploring the basics of software development through a variety of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Students will learn by doing through a variety of hands-on activities including a virtual computer dissection and website application design (such as creating an online game and online store). The course learning will be complemented with guest speakers of Ottawa’s leading tech companies, where students will meet industry professionals.

Although this course has no prerequisites, it is helpful to have taken Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O (or to have some coding background) prior to enrolling in this course. Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal. Students can either complete the full-course or take Part 1 of the course, and come back next summer to complete Part 2. Those who successfully complete the full course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma and those who successfully complete Part 1 of the course will gain half a credit toward their secondary school diploma.

Summer details

Grade

  • Students currently in grade 8* to 12

    *Any Grade 8 students enrolling in a summer high school course will be taking it as a reach-ahead course; as such, a principal's written recommendation will be required prior to confirmation of enrolment.

Language

Offered in English only.

Location

Online

Hours

The students are expected to complete a total of 110 hours for the full courses (in 4 weeks) and 55 hours for the half courses (in 2 weeks). Therefore, the students need to be available to study every weekday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The teachers of each course will have weekly synchronous sessions 3 to 5 times per week and daily office hours (between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.). See schedule for details.

Schedule

Each course runs for four weeks from Monday to Friday, with the exception of civic holidays (July 1st and August 1st, 2022). You may take Part 1 of a course to earn half of a credit, available for ICS2O (July 4th to July 15th, 2022) and TDJ2O (August 2nd to August 12th, 2022). During the summer of 2022, we will be offering Part 2 of TDJ2O to earn half of a credit (August 15th to 26th, 2022). 

  • Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O: July 4th to July 29th, 2022 (Registration deadline: June 12th, 2022)
    Synchronous sessions: Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays (except on July 1st), from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The rest of the hours are asynchronous.
  • Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O: July 4th to July 29th, 2022 (Registration deadline: June 12th 2022)
    Synchronous sessions: Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The rest of the hours are asynchronous.
  • Technological Design - TDJ2O: August 2nd to August 26th, 2022 (Registration deadline: July 10th, 2022)
    Synchronous sessions: Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The rest of the hours are asynchronous. 
  • WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U: August 2nd to August 26th, 2022 (Registration deadline: July 10th, 2022)
    Synchronous sessions: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays (except on August 2nd), from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The rest of the hours are asynchronous.

Cost

  • Full course (4 weeks, 1 credit): Regular: $950
  • Half course (2 weeks, half credit): Regular: $500

A limited amount of bursaries are available for qualifying families. For more information, contact us at adventures@uOttawa.ca.

Prerequisites

Although there are no required prerequisites for any of the courses, it is helpful to have taken Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O (or to have some coding background) prior to enrolling in WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U.

Required documentation

To confirm registration, each student enrolled at the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School must e-mail Engineering.SecondarySchool@uOttawa.ca with the following:

  • their student or personal e-mail address
  • their legal status in Canada: Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, or visitor
  • proof of age (copy of birth certificate)
  • proof of grade and school (copy of recent report card)
  • For grade 8 students only: a completed letter signed by their parent/guardian and current principal, approving their enrolment in a reach ahead course.

School policies and procedures

Refer to our School course calendar for all policies and procedures.

Fall and Winter courses

Technological Design (TDJ2O)

Technological Design - TDJ2O, is a course that provides students with a better understanding of the engineering design process through projects done with microcomputer and virtual reality. Students will have the chance to learn about micro:bit microcomputer, they will use multiple sensors and develop their coding skills to solve common problems. They will also explore, create and program a virtual world using CoSpaces. At the end of the course, the students will take part in an engineering design challenge by creating a virtual world that solves a defined problem.

The course will be offered in 2 parts: Part 1 will run from September 21st to December 7th, 2021, and Part 2 will run from February 8th to May 3rd, 2022. Students can either take part in the full-course or take Part 1 of the course. Those who successfully complete the full course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma and those who successfully complete Part 1 of the course will gain half a credit toward their secondary school diploma.

Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal.

Outline of Course of Study for Fall 2021

Outline of Course of Study for Winter 2022

Computer Technology - Quantum Computing (TEJ2O)

New course offered in partnership with University of British Columbia and Geering up Engineering Outreach

This course introduces students to computer systems, networking, operating systems, application software, and electronics, with a special focus on quantum computing, an emerging technology. Through this course, students will better understand the fundamentals of classical and quantum computing. Students will build small electronic circuits and write computer programs in Python. Students' projects may include research on existing quantum technologies, developing code scripts that run on a quantum simulator, pitch their own quantum computing project and debate on various quantum vs classical hardware. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to technological design, and will learn about secondary and post secondary education and careers opportunities in this field.

This course is offered online during the Fall of 2021. Those who successfully complete the course will gain a half-credit toward their secondary school diploma.

Students in grade 8 may enroll in this reach-ahead course with approval from their parents and written support from their current principal.

Outline of Course of Study TEJ2O Fall 2021

Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O (Technovation)

Be part of the change and gain a high school credit at the same time!

This course is in collaboration with Technovation Ottawa! Technovation is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The girls will use their skills acquired in this course to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem.

During this course, the girls will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.

The ICS2O Technovation 2022 course will be either in an online or hybrid format. 

Course Outline of Study ICS2O Technovation

Fall and Winter details

Grade

  • Students currently in Grade 8* to 12

    *Any Grade 8 students enrolling in a high school course will be taking it as a reach-ahead course; as such, a principal's written recommendation will be required prior to confirmation of enrolment

Language

Offered in English only.

Locations and schedule for TDJ2O Course

Part 1 of this course will also be offered in an online setting through live sessions with the teacher and individual work. Students will have 3 hours of personal work to do during the week.

  • Online sessions every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • September 21st to December 7th, 2021 (Deadline to register is September 12, 2021)

Part 2 of this course will also be offered in an online setting through live sessions with the teacher and individual work. Students will have 3 hours of personal work to do during the week.

  • Online sessions every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • February 8th to May 3rd, 2022 (with no class during March break) (Deadline to register is January 30th 2022)

Cost for TDJ2O Course

Part 1: $450

Part 2: $450

Locations and schedule for TEJ2O Course

This course will also be offered in an online setting through live sessions with the teacher and individual work. Students will have 3 hours of personal work to do during the week.

  • Online sessions every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • September 22 to December 8, 2021 (Deadline to register is September 12, 2021)

Cost for TEJ2O Course: $450

Locations and schedule for ICS2O Technovation Course - For girls only

ICS2O is offered in collaboration with Technovation 2022 and will be following the Technovation Ottawa schedule. The girls will also be meeting on Saturdays for live sessions with the teacher and they will have 4 hours of personal work to do during the week.

  • January to May 2022 (exact dates to be determined)

Cost for ISC2O Technovation Course

Free

Required documentation for all courses

Each student enrolled for the accredited course must e-mail Engineering.SecondarySchool@uOttawa.ca with:

  • proof of Technovation 2020 registration (only for ICS2O Technovation course)
  • their student or personal e-mail address
  • their legal status in Canada: Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, or visitor
  • proof of age (copy of birth certificate)
  • proof of grade and school (copy of recent report card)
  • for grade 8 students exceptionally: a completed letter signed by their parent/guardian and current principal, approving their enrolment in a reach ahead course.

School policies and procedures

Refer to our School course calendar for all policies and procedures.

Note: Following a 2019 inspection, the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School received credit-granting authority from the Ministry of Education. The school has been assigned a BSID number by the Ministry and is listed as a private school on the Ministry website.

Fall and Winter registration

Frequently-asked questions

Policies and accreditation

Where can I find information regarding your school policies on: code of conduct, tardiness, plagiarism, dress code… etc?

Are the courses accredited?

  • Following a 2019 inspection, the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School received credit-granting authority from the Ministry of Education. The school has been assigned a BSID number by the Ministry and is listed as a private school on the Ministry website. All students who successfully passed their summer courses in 2019 were granted credits for those courses.
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