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)

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 in 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. This course is offered twice this summer.

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 3D modelling, 3D printing, and the Arduino micro-controller.


Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O)

Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O) is a 4-week long 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 take part in hands-on projects including game creation, robot design, and music composition using a Raspberry Pi micro-computer.  Students will also have the opportunity to see real-world software applications through a field trip to one 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. Those who successfully complete the course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma.


WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U)

WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U) is a 4-week long 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 computer dissection and website application design (such as creating an online game and online store). The course also touches on the integration of hardware and software systems using a Raspberry Pi micro-computer. The in-class learning will be complemented with a field trip to one 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 who successfully complete the course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma.


Note: Following a 2018 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.

For 2019 summer courses, the school is in the process of obtaining the authority to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Summer details

Grade

  • Currently in Grade 8-12
  • 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

On-campus: 150 Louis Pasteur, STM 117  (STEM building, room 117)

Hours

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students are expected to sign themselves out at 4:00 p.m.

Schedule

Each course runs for four weeks from Monday to Friday, with the exception of civic holidays (July 1st and August 5th, 2019). Only Exploring Technological Design (TDJ1O) is offered twice during the summer.

  • Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O: July 2-26, 2019 (Registration deadline is June 19th, 2019)
  • Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O: July 29-August 23, 2019 (Registration deadline is July 17th, 2019)
  • Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O: July 2-26, 2019 (Registration deadline is June 19th, 2019)
  • WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U: July 29-August 23, 2019 (Registration deadline is July 17th, 2019)

Cost

$1200 for each 4-week long course

Lunch

Each student is responsible for bringing their own nut-free lunch to school, with the exception of Fridays when students will be offered pizza for lunch. Although some food services may be open on campus during the summer term, we discourage students from bringing money to school.

Lunch will take place between 12 and 1 p.m. daily and will be unsupervised for secondary students. Elementary students taking a reach ahead course will be supervised during their lunch hour.

Prerequisites

Although there are no 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

Each student enrolled at the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School must e-mail Engineering.SecondarySchool@uOttawa.ca with:

  • 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.

Information package

Summer registration

Registration is now closed!

To make any changes to your registration, please contact adventures@uOttawa.ca or call 613-562-5491. Registrations cannot be modified online.

Fall courses

Exploring Technological Design - Hybrid Course (TDJ1O)

Exploring Technological Design is a very hands-on, exploratory course that allows students to gain invaluable skills in design, particularly in 3D sketching, 3D modelling, and 3D printing.  These skills are helpful to any student interested in engineering, design, and/or creative problem-solving. The engineering design process will be followed through a student-led project where students will collaboratively develop solutions to a societal issue and fabricate a prototype of their best solution.  By the end of the course students will be well-versed in 3D CAD, computer-assisted design as well as in sketching, orthographic projections, and technical engineering drawings.

Starting this fall 2019, the Exploring Technological Design course (TDJ1O) will be offered as a hybrid course (a combination of online and in-class learning) 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.

Through this hybrid course students will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace, during their free time.  Online slides and video tutorials will carefully walk them through the course content while in-class sessions will allow them to practice their new skills with hands-on teacher support. Students are encouraged to collaborate and ask questions to their classmates and/or teacher in an online discussion forum.


Note: Following a 2018 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.

For 2019 fall courses, the school is in the process of obtaining the authority to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Fall details

This course has been cancelled. More information about future courses will be coming soon.

Fall registration

To make any changes to your registration, please contact adventures@uOttawa.ca or call 613-562-5491. Registrations cannot be modified online.

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