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

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.

All Engineering Summer Programs (Grades 9-12) will be cancelled Summer 2021.

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



*CANCELLED* High School Engineering Summer Program (formerly known as DiscoverE)

Age Group: High School Students, Grades 9-12
Dates: Cancelled. Dates are typically 2nd and 3rd week of July.
*NOTE – Students can participate in either week ($400/week) or both weeks ($700) – choice to be made while registering.

Cancellation Policy:

*All participants that were previously registered for our 2020 programs will receive a full refund*

100% refund if cancellation is within 14 days of the start date
50% refund if cancellation 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

Participants will be exposed to the engineering design process through civil, electrical, and mechanical (engineering) projects.  Teams of participants build their soft skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication which underscores the need for both in the Engineering profession.

*CANCELLED* Week 1 Subjects:

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

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

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


*CANCELLED* Week 2 Subjects:

Energy Generation: CAD, Wind turbine design, prototyping using 3D printing, and wind tunnel testing

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

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


*CANCELLED* Stewards in Engineering Education (SEED) Program

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the curtailment of research at the UBC Okanagan Campus, the SEED program will be cancelled for 2021.

Age Group: High School Students

Dates: Cancelled for 2021. Dates are typically last week of July.

Application Deadline: Cancelled for 2021. Application deadline is typically mid-May.

Notification of selected candidates: No candidates selected for 2021. Typically the notification is communicated in mid-June.

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

Geering Up Camps Move Online!

Geering Up is running online camps throughout the summer! Camps will be one week long consisting of five, two-hour instructor-guided sessions for topics designed to fit every interest. High school topics include:

  • Introduction to python (Jr. and Sr. level)
  • Introduction to JavaScript (Jr. and Sr. level)
  • Biomedical Engineering (Jr. and Sr. level)
  • Integrated Engineering (Jr. and Sr. level)

For more information and to register, visit Geering Up’s website.

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/

Geering Up is offering All-Girl Online Events. Learn more at https://geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/programming/general-information/events/all-girls/

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: November 17, 2020
Location: Online event
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 2020 UBC Okanagan Engineering Open House website.

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

Start building a strong foundation for your engineering degree by participating in the free, non-credit Summer Transition to Engineering Bridge Program in August.  Enroll in short (4-day) courses presented by School of Engineering faculty designed to prepare you for your first year of engineering.

The courses will include introductory university math, physics, and coding with a focus on engineering applications.  Instructors will include award-winning faculty who typically teach first-year courses.

Learn more

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