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.

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

For Geering Up related inquiries contact kelowna@geeringup.ca

Go CODE Girl!

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Engineering, Management and Education (EME) Building at the UBC Okanagan Campus
FREE (lunch included)
Who can attend?  Girls in grades 9 to 11


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.

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 $700/both weeks).

Registration for both sessions is now closed. To be added to the waiting list please email engineering.okanagan@ubc.ca


Time: 9am – 4pm
Cancellation 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

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

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 more information check out the Kelowna Summer Camps webpage: https://www.geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/camps/kelowna/


Ages: Grades 1/2

Description: Quarks are our general science and engineering camps. Each week our campers will learn amazing new science facts, do crazy experiments, build awesome design challenges, and work as one big team to discover everything STEM has to offer!

We are running two different (but equally fun!) versions of our Quarks camp this year. Your child can now attend two weeks of Geering Up, with Quarks A and Quarks B!

Cost: $250



Ages: Grades 1/2 (Quarks)

Grades 3/4 (Electrons)

Grades 5/6/7 (Protons)

Description: Science Technology Engineering Math and ART = STEAM! Time to put your creativity hat on, and discover your inner artist. Throughout the week we’ll examine how art and design interweave with the science and engineering in our day-to-day life. Join us at the crossroads of Art and Science, for a hands-on week of creativity and learning.

**NOTE: S.T.E.A.M. is also our theme during the Girls Only Week!

Cost: $250



Ages:Grades 3/4 (Electrons)

Grades 5/6/7 (Protons)

Description: 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.

Cost: $200



Ages:Grade 2 (Computers & Me)

Grades 3/4 (CodeMakers Jr)

Grades 5/6/7 (CodeMakers Sr)

Description: Geering Up is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national program powered by Actua and Google. Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.

This year campers will dabble in digital literacy, learn the basics of code, robotics, and more!

Cost: $220-$275


All the contact info for GU should go to the Geering Up Coordinator Jenna Hutchen, kelowna@geeringup.ca

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

  • 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).
  • Our After School programs are currently undergoing a restructuring and will be open again in September 2019!

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

Contact your school’s Career Counsellor or Career Program Coordinator about the next GoENG Girl event.

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

Join girls in grades 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.

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


The School of Engineering and Geering Up hosted Maker Camps during the first week of spring break 2019 at the downtown Kelowna Library! These camps were a huge success including lots of positive feedback about the downtown location.

We are happy to report that these camps had a 50/50 gender ratio. Camp curriculum included: Wiggles bots, Downtown Kelowna Sustainable Building Designs, Hand Prosthetic (with Dr Sabine Weyand), and BBC’s Micro:bits.

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

Open House Details

Date: 2020 event details will be available shortly
Location: Engineering, Management and Education (EME) Building at the UBC Okanagan Campus
Tickets: FREE

Students, parents and family welcome!

Demonstrations, presentations, laboratory tours, admissions advisors, professors, current students, student design teams and more.

For more information visit the 2019 UBC Okanagan Engineering Open House website.

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

STEM Forum Graphic Summary

On February 28th, 2019, UBCO hosted a forum style of discussion with representatives from various Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programs and interested individuals on campus. The goal of this session was to develop a shared understanding of target audiences and discuss how different groups might work together to develop a cohesive and comprehensive framework that elevates respective STEM outreach activities. This graphic artifact summarizes possibilities, potential challenges, gains, and strategic next steps brought up for the initiative to work in a coordinated way.

Hosted by Jennifer Jakobi, WWEST Associate Chair at UBCO
Funded by Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
For further information, contact jennifer.jakobi@ubc.ca