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.

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.

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.

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 8-12

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.

Date

Time

Location

Sunday, January 19th

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Carleton University

Sunday, February 2nd

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

IBM

Wednesday, February 5th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

February 3rd - 7th

 

Online

Saturday, February 8th

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

uOttawa

Wednesday, February 12th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Shopify

February 10th - 12th

 

Online

Wednesday, February 19th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

February 17th - 21st

 

Online

Wednesday, February 26th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Shopify

February 24th - 28th

 

Online

Saturday, February 29th

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

uOttawa

Sunday, March 1st

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Algonquin College

Wednesday, March 4th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

March 2nd - 6th

 

Online

Wednesday, March 11th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Shopify

March 9th - 13th

 

Online

Wednesday, March 25th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

March 23rd - 27th

 

Online

Saturday, March 28th

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

uOttawa

Wednesday, April 1st

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Shopify

March 30th - April 3rd

 

Online

Wednesday, April 8th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

April 6th - 10th

 

Online

Wednesday, April 15th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Shopify

April 13th -17th

 

Online

Monday, April 20th

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

IBM

Tuesday, April 21st

8:00 p.m.

Submission deadline

April 20th - 24th

 

Online

Saturday, April 25th

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

uOttawa

April 27th - May 1st

 

Online

May 4th - 8th

 

Online

Saturday, May 9th

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Carleton University

May 11th-15th

 

Online

May 18th-22nd

 

Online

May 24-29th

 

Online

Saturday, May 30th

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

uOttawa

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

Register now!

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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