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, 3D modelling, and 3D printing.

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 microcontrollers and microcomputers.  Students will have the chance to learn about Arduino microcontrollers and micro:bits, they will add multiple sensors and develop coding to solve common problems. At the end of the course, the students will take part in an Arduino-based engineering design challenge by creating a prototype 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 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. 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 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 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.

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

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 3rd, 2020). You may take Part 1 of a course to earn half of a credit, available for ICS2O (June 29th to July 10th), ICS3U and TDJ2O (July 27th to August 7th).

  • Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O: June 29-July 24, 2020 (Registration deadline: June 15th 2020)
  • Creative Computing: Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O: June 29-July 24, 2020 (Registration deadline: June 15th 2020)
  • Technological Design - TDJ2O: July 27-August 21, 2020 (Registration deadline: July 13th 2020)
  • WebDev Bootcamp: Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U: July 27-August 21, 2020 (Registration deadline: July 13th 2020)

Cost

  • Full course (4 weeks, 1 credit): $1200
  • Half course (2 weeks, half credit): $650

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 school students. Elementary students taking a reach ahead course will be supervised during their lunch hour.

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.

Summer registration

Winter courses

Hybrid - 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.

See more details and register to Technovation Girls 2020.

Please note that the ICS2O (Technovation) course is a hybrid course, meaning that 50% of the course will be online, while the other 50% will be in-class.

Winter details

Grade

  • Girls 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.

Cost

Free!

Locations and schedule

ICS2O is offered in collaboration with Technovation 2020. The course will follow the Technovation schedule, as well as added in-class and online components to reach the ministry guidelines for an accredited course. Please see Outline of Course of Study - ICS2O (Technovation) for a detailed schedule.

Required documentation

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

  • proof of Technovation 2020 registration
  • 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.

Winter registration

Registration for Technovation has closed.

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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