Take Our Kids to Work Day at the Faculty of Engineering

The "Take Our Kids to Work" program illustrates the importance of education, skills development and training while giving grade 8 and grade 9 students the opportunity to experience the world of work and to see the variety of career opportunities that awaits them.

The program, including the University of Ottawa, continues to emphasize safe and healthy workplaces.

This program is organized by "The Learning Partnership", a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing together business, education, labour, policy makers and the community to develop partnerships that strengthen public education in Canada. The program has brought together parents, relatives, friends of families, teachers, and people in workplaces across Canada to contribute to the career development of young people.


Wednesday November 6, 2019

Why this is an important initiative

Take Our Kids to Work has three main objectives, to:

  • Offer students a view of the work world and to give them an understanding of its demands and opportunities
  • Allow students to see their parents or volunteer hosts in different roles and responsibilities and to understand what they do to support a family
  • Emphasize that education goes beyond the classroom and that the preparation of younger generations for the future is a community responsibility

Why grade 9 students

  • Provincial curriculum guidelines include career education at this level
  • It is an opportune time to see the practical side of what they learn in school
  • Grade 9 students make course selections that could have an impact on their futures
  • By asking critical questions they can make informed educational decisions


The Engineering Outreach team will offer the following programming to employees' children who would like to participate:

  • 9 a.m.: Meeting point at the atrium – main entrance of the STEM Complex (at 150 Louis-Pasteur Pvt) 1st floor
  • 9:10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Engineering workshops with Maker Mobile (STM 117)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Visit of the STEM Complex
  • 12 p.m. tp 1 p.m.*: Lunch (participants must bring their lunch)
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Visit of Chemical Engineering Pilot Plant (CBY 4th floor) (Meet in main entrance of STEM Complex)
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Engineering Design Challenge, room STM 664
  • 3 p.m.: End of day. Parents should come pick up their child at the STEM Complex in the atrium

*Parents wishing to have lunch with their child can meet with them in room 117 in STEM Complex at noon, in front of the Richard L'Abbé uOttawa Makerspace.

How do I participate

On November 6th, you can invite your child (if eligible, as a grade 8 or 9 student depending on his/her school board) to your place of work! Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Register your child online. Create an account to login.
  2. Parents must submit a signed permission form (obtained from your child's school). A copy of the signed permission should be also handed in to Julie Olivier on the day of the event.
  3. The parents and child must read the University Guide.

Documentation regarding the program can be obtained from your school or from the Learning Partnership website.

Health and safety

Employers are required to register for the program and to implement fairly stringent safety and security measures. The program requires the University to take a zero-tolerance policy meaning that no infraction of a health or safety rule will be tolerated. Consequently, participation in the program will end for any child found not abiding by any of these rules and you as the parent or guardian will be notified to pick up the child.

Certain areas of the University will remain off-limits, unless under very strict guidance of a competent individual, provision of the required personal protective equipment, and provided the student not operate any mechanical, electrical or powered equipment at any time such as

  • High risk lab environments requiring the wearing of safety eyewear, lab coat, closed shoes, or dosimeter badges, or requiring any special vaccinations.
  • The Power Plant requiring the wearing of steel-toed boots, hearing protection.
  • Areas with higher risk mechanical, electrical equipment requiring the wearing of steel toed boots, hard hats, etc.

View the University's Health and Safety Policy 77.

For specific information on health and safety at the University of Ottawa, contact the Office of Risk Management (ORM) at 613-562-5892 or at safety@uottawa.ca.

Contact us

Information pertaining to the day’s activities can be obtained from the Engineering Outreach team:

Julie Olivier
613-562-5800 ext. 6973

Information regarding Health and Safety at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa can be obtained from Office of Risk Management:

Pierre Laflamme
613-562-5800 ext. 6829

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