Outreach & Community Programs

The School of Engineering hosts a variety of programs for students of all ages. These programs are designed to foster skills in the applied sciences, develop a love of learning and exploration, and build teamwork capabilities.

Are you a Grade 10 or Grade 11 high school student in the Okanagan Valley?  Come experience life and learning on UBC’s Okanagan campus through Experience UBC. You’ll get to choose from two degree programs and have the chance to connect with current students in that degree, learn from a professor, explore campus, and get a taste of UBC life.

For more information pertaining to School of Engineering outreach activities contact Outreach Advisor Marie Reid.

For Geering Up related inquiries contact kelowna@geeringup.ca

Fast Tracking To Success

Eligible high school students in the Central Okanagan can enroll in select UBC Okanagan School of Engineering courses and earn high school graduation credits at the same time.

Under the province’s dual-credit program, high schools students who qualify can enroll in up to 2 university-level courses per year.

The School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus opened its doors to select secondary level students as part of the university’s Access Studies (Concurrent Studies) Program.  “Our community is vital to the success of our campus” says Rehan Sadiq, the associate dean of the School of Engineering, “so welcoming some of our community’s best students is a wonderful opportunity for them and for us.”  In next year’s pilot project, up to five top students from School District 23 will participate. The students will require an average of over 90%.

The first available course for students in the program is the engineering design course APSC 171.  According to Sadiq “these students will quickly be immersed in the world of engineering with our most popular course.”  Students study computer-aided design and modeling while prototyping their own inventions using a variety of tools including 3D printers, 3 and 4 axis CNC desktops and electronics.  “Our hope is that these students will develop a love for engineering and return to purse their studies at UBC Okanagan” says Sadiq.

Credits the students acquire from this program are transferable to any post-secondary institution in Canada.

Already other local schools have expressed an interest in enrolling their students in the duo-credit program, and after a successful pilot program in 2018, the program is now available to all eligible students.

To apply, please contact your school district’s guidance department or email engineering.okanagan@ubc.ca

You can also learn about the Concurrent Studies enrollment pathway by click here.

The School of Engineering hosts a variety of summer programs for students of all ages.  These programs are designed to foster skills in the applied sciences, develop a love of learning and exploration, and build teamwork capabilities.

For more information on any of the programs listed below, please email engineering.okanagan@ubc.ca.



Age Group: High School Students
Dates: July 15th – 19th 2019 and/or July 22nd– 26th 2019
*NOTE – Students can participate in either week ($400/week) or both weeks ($700) – choice to be made while registering.
Cancelation Policy:

100% refund if cancelation is within 14 days of the start date

50% refund if cancelation is within 7 days of the start date

No refund after the registered program begins


If you have any questions please email engineering.okanagan@ubc.ca


DiscoverE participants will be exposed to general design process through civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering projects.  Teamwork will be utilized to work on soft skills such as leadership and communication to emphasize the need for both in the Engineering profession.

Week 1 (July 15th – 19th 2019):

Biomedical Engineering: All about your heart, looking at your heart rate, heartbeats and the angle of your heart

Materials Engineering: Designing and creating waterproof textiles and non-stick cookware.

Structures and Materials: Concrete… like you have never seen it before!

Environmental Engineering: Designing and creating ways to make water safe and clean


Week 2 (July 22nd – 26th 2019):

Manufacturing Technology:3D modeling, 3D printing, 3D scanning and reverse engineering

Mechatronics: Mobile robot building, programming and control with Arduino. Working with various sensors.

Environmental Engineering: Learning about how we impact the environment



Stewards in Engineering Education (SEED) Program

Age Group: High School Students

Dates: July 29 – August 2, 2019

Application Deadline: May 17, 2019

Notification of selected candidates: June 14, 2019

Online Application Form

The School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus conducts a Stewards in Engineering Education (SEED) Program to promote engineering research interest and involvement among high school students. Through the SEED Program, high-school students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects with world-class researchers and graduate students in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

High school students going into grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 can apply for the SEED Program by completing this SEED Program application form and submitting it via the instructions above. Application forms will then be reviewed, and successful applicants will be selected to participate in engineering research projects at UBC’s Okanagan campus for a one-week period.

Participants will be asked to share their research experiences with their peers the following school year. The hope is that the shared research experiences will plant seeds for future interest and involvement in engineering.

Learn about one student’s SEED experience here.

Elementary & Middle School Summer Programs

Geering Up camps are all about making Science Technology and Engineering hands-on and exciting. Each day is a dynamic mix of hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours, mentors, and design challenges. Our camps are taught by experienced university students with a passion for their field of study. In addition to all of this, we ensure each camper spends, at least, one hour of each day participating in active games outside.

For dates and more information, including registration, check out the Geering Up website.

After School Programming

Geering Up after-school clubs are a mix of science and engineering through hands-on projects, demos, design challenges, lab tours!

Ever wanted to launch a rocket, design a skyscraper, or program a computer? Explore all of this and more in our weekly hands on S.T.E.M. club (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Sessions will be held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm for grades 3 – 4 and from 4:30 – 6:30 pm for grades 5 – 7 at the Hollywood Road Educational Services. All of our programs are taught by experienced university students with a passion for their field of study.


Grade Level: Grades 3-4

Description: A S.T.E.M. club for kids in grades 3-4! Activities in the past have included 3D pens, building biodomes, magnetism experiments, egg drop design challenges and and ecosystem adaptations.

Location: 1040 Hollywood Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 4N2


Grade Level: Grades 5-7

Description: A S.T.E.M. club for kids in grades 5-7! Activities in the past have included LEGO Mindstorms, using Makey Makey to build controllers for games, magnetism experiments, and designing earthquake resistant towers.

Location: 1040 Hollywood Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 4N2

Bursary Policy

In order to make our clubs available to everyone we provide bursaries to families that have demonstrated financial need. Contact us at kelowna@geeringup.ca if you would like to hear more about bursary opportunities.

Registration and more information can be found here: https://www.geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/clubs/kelowna-clubs/

Next GoENG Girl event is scheduled for Fall 2019.

The annual event is held on the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia.

Join girls in grades 7 – 9 for an exciting day of exploration.  Get creative and participate in fun engineering activities.

Connect with other like-minded students and talk to current engineering students and professionals about their stories and experiences.

Contact your school’s Career Counsellor or Career Program Coordinator for information and registration.

Spring Break Camps presented by the School of Engineering & GEERing Up

The School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus has partnered with Geering Up to host our first ever Spring Break Maker Camps.

Week 1: March 18th – March 22nd, 2019

Maker (Grade 5/6/7) – Co-Ed

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Kelowna Branch – Okanagan Regional Library

Registration Fee: $275

Unleash the creative side of engineering!

Our Maker camps focus on design, technology, engineering, and hands-on activities to learn about how engineering improves our world. Campers will learn about the Engineering Design Cycle, go on excursions in the local art and technology district (of downtown Kelowna), meet industry mentors, use their imagination to find creative solutions to design challenges, coding, and more!

More information and the link to register is here:



If you require any additional information contact the School of Engineering’s Outreach Advisor.

The School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus is excited to invite you to its annual School of Engineering Community Open House! Explore this page to discover event details and schedules, and RSVP online.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday October 25th!

Open House Details

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: Session One (5:30pm – 7pm) & Session Two (7pm – 8:30pm)
Location: Innovation Center Theatre on Doyle Avenue in downtown Kelowna
Tickets: FREE with online RSVP.  Click here to register for free tickets


Both session times will include:

  • An overview of the Applied Science undergraduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus
  • “TED Talk” style School of Engineering research presentations
  • Student/Faculty panel
  • Question period


Tickets are limited, and will not be available at the door.

If you have any questions please contact Marie Reid at marie.reid@ubc.ca

We are looking forward to seeing you there!