Frequently asked questions

Summer Programs
Are the same projects repeated each year?

For our summer camps, similar types of projects are repeated from year to year such as 3D printing, chemistry experiments, and dissections. The the specific projects themselves differ each year.  TeenSci and TeenTech are the only exception to this rule, where projects may be repeated from year to year.  

On the other hand, our enrichment courses and Faculty of Engineering Secondary School courses will be improved but the curriculum may not change significantly.

What is the minimum age for volunteers?

Due to security reasons and based on past experience, we now require that all our volunteers complete grade 9 in order to be eligible for volunteering with Adventures in Engineering and Science. In rare cases when volunteer registrations are low, we may accept volunteers who have just completed grade 8.

A parent must send an email to adventures@uottawa.ca to inquire about volunteer availability for grade 8 students before registering their child. All volunteers may be requested to provide proof of grade level.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the start date of your registered camp and receive a refund. However, a $30 administrative fee will be charged for every refund. We cannot offer a refund if a cancellation is made with less than two weeks’ notice. 

What languages are the camps offered in?

The majority of our camp groups are conducted entirely in English or entirely in French, depending on the needs of participants (campers are divided by language and age). Occasionally, due to low registration, a camp group will be conducted in both French and English together.

Can my four-year old attend a camp?

Children who have completed a full year of junior kindergarten are eligible to participate in one of our camps. Please note that a proof of completion may be requested.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is not provided by the camp. We ask that all campers bring their own peanut/nut-free lunch. Lunches are eaten at the cafeteria, in classrooms or outside. Please note that microwaves are not always readily available. Campers are asked not to bring any money to camp. On Fridays, a pizza lunch and juice will be provided for campers.

Why are some camps numbered? (Ex: EngSci 2)

The numbers 1 through 4 simply represent the number of different weeks of camp. For example, there are four different weeks of EngSci.  The format and schedule are the same each week, but the projects are different. It is therefore possible for a camper to take part in 4 consecutive weeks of EngSci without repeating the same projects. The weeks are independent from one another and are non-cumulative. It is therefore possible for your child to attend week 4 before week 2 without a problem.

Do the kids get to go outside and exercise or are they inside all day long?

The campers get breaks throughout the day to go outside and play. Campers will also be walking between the different laboratories at the university, and every Friday, we will be playing team-building games outside, weather permitting.

What methods of payments do you accept?

Payments are to be made online, by credit card, at the time of registration. We no longer accept cheques or cash.

My child is currently on a waiting list. Should I proceed with payment?

No, you should not proceed with payment until we can guarantee a spot for your child in one of our camps. Should a spot become available to you, we will contact you regarding how to proceed with payment.

If my child and her friend are both registered for the same camp, will they be grouped together?

There are multiple groups within each program, so please indicate in the comments section of your registration if you would like your child to be placed with a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any groupings (especially if the children's languages, grades or camps are different). We will do our best to accommodate your request. No group changes will be made after 12 p.m. on the first day of camp.

Science Workshops
How do I book a workshop?

Booking a workshop is simple:

  1. First, decide if you want a workshop at your school or at the uOttawa campus. If you want our team to go to your school, make sure to book at least 2 workshops (i.e. with other teachers). You can always come to campus with your class for one or more workshops.
  2. Once you have decided on the location of the workshop(s), explore the workshop options and choose the one(s) that will best suit your students’ interests and your curriculum.
  3. Select two potential workshop dates. Registrations for workshops are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Although we would like to accommodate as many requests as possible, our resources are limited.
  4. On the workshop page, click on Register Now, fill out all required information and submit your application. This step must be completed on a computer (phones and tablets will not work). Submit your request.
  5. You will receive an email from Adventures 1-3 business days following the receipt of your application. Occasionally, it can take up to 5 business days for us to contact you. If you do not hear back from Adventures within a week, please send us an email at: adventures@uottawa.ca.
  6. Once your registration has been processed, we will send you an email with a tentative schedule. You must review it thoroughly then reply by email to either confirm your registration or make changes.
  7. Once we receive your email confirming the tentative schedule, we will send you a final confirmation. If your workshops are on campus, we will provide you with all necessary information (where to go, what to bring, etc.).
Is it possible to book only one workshop?

Single workshops can only be done on campus. Your school needs to register for a minimum of two workshops on the same day for us to go to your school. You could talk to other teachers in your school to see if they are also interested in hosting a science workshop.

Is there a discount for booking multiple workshops?

If you book four or more workshops for the same day at the same location, there is a discount of $5 per workshop. Workshops therefore cost $85 per workshop at your school ($125 for Biodiversity) and $45 per workshop on campus ($85 for Biodiversity).

Do I need to give the exact number of students that will be participating?

Yes. In order for Adventures to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.

What is the maximum number of participants per workshop?

The maximum number of participants per workshop is 35. However, based on feedback from our instructors and teachers, workshops work best with groups of 15-25 students. If you have a group of more than 35 students, the best option is to split the group into two as there won’t be enough material for every student. In this case, the workshop will have greater value and will be more enjoyable for everyone!

How to get on Campus for a workshop

When you will receive your email confirmation, you will receive a campus map indicating where to meet our instructors. You will also receive a waiver form that must be signed by the parents of all participants. Please note, students without a signed waiver form will NOT be authorized to participate in the workshop(s).

As of April 24 2016, if you have arranged transportation with OC Transpo, you will need to take bus #95, and get off at the King Edward/Templeton stop.  This bus stop is located in front of 770 King Edward. If you have arranged a school bus, the drop-off location (loading dock) is 770 King Edward Ave., a one-minute walk from the SITE building (800 King Edward Ave.). The workshop instructor will be waiting for your group 15 minutes before the start of the workshop at the SITE main entrance on the ground floor. If you experience any issues getting to the campus, or if the bus is running late, please call us at: 613-562-5491.

What methods of payments do you accept?

We only accept cash or cheques (payable to the University of Ottawa). Please have the correct amount ready on the day of our/your visit.

Do you offer free workshops?

Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: adventures@uottawa.ca.

uOttawa Maker Mobile Workshops
How do I book a Maker Mobile workshop?

Booking a workshop is simple.

  1. Explore the workshop options and choose the one(s) that will best suit your students’ interests and your curriculum.
  2. Select two potential workshop dates. Registrations for workshops are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. On the Maker Mobile workshop page, click on Register HERE today!, fill out all required information and submit your application. This step must be completed on a computer (phones and tablets will not work).
  4. You will receive an email from the Maker Mobile team 1-3 business days following the receipt of your application. Occasionally, it can take up to 5 business days for us to contact you. If you do not hear back from Adventures within a week, please send us an email at: makermobile@uottawa.ca.
  5. Once your registration has been processed, we will send you an email with a tentative schedule. You must review it thoroughly then reply by email to either confirm your registration or make changes.
  6. Once we receive your email confirming the tentative schedule, we will send you a final confirmation. 
What methods of payments do you accept?

We only accept cash or cheques (payable to the University of Ottawa). Please have the correct amount ready on the day of our/your visit.

What is the maximum number of workshops that can be booked in one day?

We can offer a maximum of eight Maker Mobile workshops in one day, with a maximum of 2 workshops running simultaneously (subject to equipment availability.)

Do I need to give the exact number of students that will be participating?

Yes. In order for the uOttawa Maker Mobile to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.

Can I book 3D printing workshops and laser cutting workshops for the same day?

Yes. However, you can only reserve one of each for the same day. 3D printing and laser cutting must be booked as the first workshops in the morning and/or afternoon. This will allow extra time for the tools to complete their tasks (i.e. to print or to laser-cut the designs). For this reason, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops cannot be booked back-to-back. 

As a teacher, how can I prepare for the workshops?

To prepare for our visit, our team will require:

  • Access to a room with tables (or desks) and chairs for all participants
  • A minimum of three power outlets
  • A projector
  • Wi-Fi access (please have the password ready for our instructors).
  • For a 3D printing workshop, we will need a table to install our three 3D Printers (close to power outlets)
Do you offer free workshops?

Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: mmobile@uottawa.ca.

What is the minimum number of workshops that I need to book?

There is no minimum. However, if you book only one workshop, you will be charged for a half-day ($325).

What is the maximum number of participants per workshop?

The maximum number of participants per workshop is 30.

Can I book four 3D printing workshops for the same day?

No. There is a maximum of two 3D printing workshops per day. 3D printing workshops must be booked as the first workshop in the morning and/or afternoon in order to leave enough time for the printers to complete their prints. For this reason, 3D printing workshops cannot be booked back-to-back.

Can I reserve four identical workshops for the same day?

Yes. However, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops are limited to two per day (or one of each per day). Any other workshop can be reserved for up to four times in one day.

Can workshops be held outside?

Yes, weather permitting, workshops can be held outside in a parking lot or on school property. Tables and chairs for all students will be set up around the Maker Mobile. Please note that students are not permitted inside the Maker Mobile truck. In cases of inclement weather, the workshops must be held inside the school.

Can I rent some of your equipment (3D Printers, lasers, etc.)?

No. We do not rent out any of our equipment. However, the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace is open to the general public on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you are welcome to come and work on your personal projects for free. The Makerspace is located in the STEM building, room 107 (150 Louis Pasteur pvt.).

Faculty of Engineering Secondary School

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

  • Please review our School Course Calendar for information regarding our school policies

Are the courses accredited?

Following a 2018 inspection, the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School received credit-granting authority from the Ministry of Education. All students who successfully passed their summer courses in 2018 were granted credits for those courses.

For 2019 summer courses, the school will undergo another inspection and as such it is in the process of obtaining the authority to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

What grade are the courses offered for?

  • All of our high school courses are open to students in grades 8-12. Students must have completed Grade 8 or higher by June 2019
  • 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

Are there any prerequisites for the courses?

  • 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

In what languages are the courses offered?

  • At the moment, our courses are offered exclusively in English as the Faculty of Engineering Secondary School is registered as an English school. Please note, English courses can still count as a credit within a French school board.

How can I register?

  • You may register using our online registration form starting in February.

What information do I need to provide?

  • In order for us to confirm your child’s registration, please e-mail us scans or photos of documents at Engineering.SecondarySchool@uOttawa.ca for:
    1. proof of age (copy of birth certificate)
    2. proof of grade and school (recent report card)
       
  • 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. Please complete and submit the principal recommendation letter to Engineering.SecondarySchool@uOttawa.ca

What methods of payment do you accept?

  • Payments are to be made online, by credit card, at the time of registration. We no longer accept cheques or cash.

I am currently on a waiting list. Should I proceed with payment?

  • No, you should not proceed with payment until we can guarantee a spot for you. Should a spot become available to you, we will contact you regarding how to proceed with payment.

Is lunch supervised?

  • Lunch will be unsupervised for students in grade 9 and up.  Students are expected to sign out at lunchtime and sign back in upon their return.

Is lunch provided?

  • On Fridays exclusively we are offering a free pizza lunch to all high school students (cheese, pepperoni, or combination).  Students are expected to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Where and when do we meet?

  • All Faculty of Engineering School students will meet in the STEM Complex (150 Louis-Pasteur Prvt), room STM 117 by 9 a.m. at the latest for their first day of their summer course. Students will then be brought to their classroom and will be expected to go directly to their classroom every day going forward.
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