Faculty of Engineering Secondary School
The Faculty of Engineering Secondary School at the University of Ottawa offers high school students the opportunity to take summer 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.
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.
Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O)
Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O) 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 computer experience and skills right at the Faculty of Engineering. Students who successfully complete the course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma.
This 4-week long program will provide students with a better understanding of computers, from hardware components to software applications and operating systems. Following the engineering design process, students will learn to write simple programs using a Raspberry Pi. Through this course students will also explore the societal and environmental impact of computers.
The course curriculum has a strong focus on the basics of computer hardware and software, as well as the basics of computer programming.
Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U)
Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U) is a university preparation course offered to high school students who will have basic computer skills and knowledge. 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 design experience right at the Faculty of Engineering. Students who successfully complete the course will gain a full credit toward their secondary school diploma.
This 4-week long program will provide students an immersive hands-on experience in the world of computer science, exploring the basics of software development through the implementation of various software projects in languages such as Python. Instructed by industry professionals, students will be brought up to speed with modern programming tools and the agile software-development cycle. This program will help students become aware of the various career opportunities offered in the domain of computer science and software engineering.
The course curriculum has a strong focus on the basics of computer hardware, such as the Raspberry Pi and interfacing with mechanical systems. Integration of both hardware and software systems with technologies will also be covered.
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).
- 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
On-campus: 150 Louis Pasteur, STM 117 (STEM building, room 117)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Students are expected to sign themselves out at 4:00 p.m.
Each course runs for four weeks from Monday to Friday, with the exception of civic holidays (July 1st and August 5th, 2019).
- Exploring Technological Design - TDJ1O: July 29-August 23, 2019
- Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O: July 2-26, 2019
- Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U: July 29-August 23, 2019
$1200 for each 4-week long course
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.
Although there are no prerequisites for any of the courses, it is helpful to have taken Introduction to Computer Studies - ICS2O (or to have some coding background) prior to enrolling in Introduction to Computer Science - ICS3U
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.
- Summer Camps for kids
(K - Grade 8)
- Summer programs for teens
(Grade 8 - 12)
- Faculty of Engineering Secondary School
(Grade 8 - 12)
Fall and Winter activities
Workshops for groups