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@ubc.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.

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

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Engineering Explorations (formerly known as DiscoverE)

Sharpen your pencils, slap on a hard hat, and get your designer’s brain in gear because Geering Up’s High School summer program is back! Explore how the different disciplines of engineering can be used together to accomplish amazing things. As such, this program will not only focus on one discipline of engineering, but multiple!

From engaging presentations to hands on activities and in-lab experiences, this camp will explore biomedical, aerospace and other areas of engineering with instruction from Undergraduate students and University professors and is perfect for those high school students looking to flex their problem solving skills and get to designing!

Age Group: High School Students, Grades 10-12
Dates: July 11th – 15th 2022

Register Here: https://geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/camps/general-information/in-person-camps/in-person-kelowna-summer-camps/

If you have any questions please email: kelowna.geeringup@ubc.ca

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Stewards in Engineering Education (SEED) Program

Age Group: High School Students

Dates: Cancelled for 2022. Dates are typically last week of July.

Application Deadline: Cancelled for 2022. Application deadline is typically mid-May

Notification of selected candidates: No candidates selected for 2022. 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.

Summer Camps:

Geering Up offers camps for Grades 1 to 9 at our UBC Okanagan campus located in Kelowna! Our STEM camps inspire and challenge youth across Kelowna through fun, innovative, and hands-on experiments and projects. 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. Explore what programs we’re offering this summer: https://geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/camps/general-information/in-person-camps/in-person-kelowna-summer-camps/

Geering Up also offers online high school summer camps for grades 8-12! Learn more: https://geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/camps/general-information/online-camps/online-high-school-summer-camps/

Saturday Clubs:

Geering Up 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).

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

Open House Details

Online: Saturday November 6th, 2021

The UBC Engineering Open House happens every year in the fall and is your opportunity to learn more about admissions, our programs, and speak to our faculty, advisors, and current students. Check back here in the summer of 2022 for more information about our next Online Open House slated for fall 2022.

In case you missed any of our presentations at the UBC Engineering Open House – Online on November 6, want to review the information again or share with friends and family that couldn’t make it, you can find all recordings on our YouTube playlist or at the following webpage: https://engineering.ubc.ca/openhouse

On-campus: Saturday November 20th, 2021

The UBC Engineering Open House happens every year in the fall and is your opportunity to learn more about admissions, our programs, and speak to our faculty, advisors, and current students. Check back here in the summer of 2022 for more information about our next On-Campus Open House slated for fall 2022.

If you missed the UBC Engineering Open House – On-Campus on November 20th you can view pre-recorded lab tours, register for a virtual campus tour or check out some of our amazing student clubs and design teams here: https://engineering.ok.ubc.ca/open-house/

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

UBC Engineering: Everything You Need to Know

Date: May 31, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Engineers solve problems and make the world a better place to live. Discover some of the ways engineering impacts your life every day and everything you need to know in order to become an engineer, beginning with admissions details to UBC Engineering.  This session is great for younger high school students to learn about the courses you need to take in high school to be eligible for UBC Engineering.

For more information and to register: https://engineering.ubc.ca/event/2022/ubc-engineering-everything-you-need-to-know

Check out recordings from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:

UBC Engineering: Everything You Need to Know

Engineers solve problems and make the world a better place to live. Discover some of the ways engineering impacts your life every day and everything you need to know in order to become an engineer, beginning with admissions details to UBC Engineering.

UBC Engineering: Everything You Need to Know – YouTube

UBC Engineering: University Basics and Application Tips

Join us for a ‘Post-secondary 101’ lesson that will give you all of the basics you need to know when applying for UBC Engineering. Topics we’ll cover include the difference between an Engineering Technology Diploma and the UBC Bachelor of Applied Science degree, what you need to know to apply, and tips and tricks for your personal profile. All are welcome to attend, but this presentation is designed for first-generation university applicants.

UBC Engineering: University Basics and Application Tips – YouTube

UBC Engineering: Engineering vs. Science — What’s the Difference? 

You’ve taken science courses in high school, but whether it is biology, chemistry, or physics, did you know you can also focus on these areas in engineering? Whether your interests are in sustainability, design and technology, or preserving our earth, engineering can open up doors for you.

UBC Engineering: Engineering vs. Science — What’s the Difference? – YouTube

Design, Create, Innovate

Interested in a future career where you’ll get to design, create, and innovate? Want a career that can make an impacting change in our world? With over 14 engineering programs ranging from biomedical to environmental to manufacturing, all with a focus on sustainability and making a positive impact on our world, we invite you to learn about how a degree with UBC Engineering can lead to unlimited career opportunities.

UBC Engineering – Design, Create, Innovate – YouTube

Changing the World: Engineering the Future

High school girls in grades 10-12 are invited to explore why engineering is an amazing career for women who want to change the world, help improve the lives of others and the environment around us, and who like teamwork and problem-solving. Learn about different types of engineering, chat with current students, hear from our guest speakers and learn more about engineering at both the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses. This event is co-hosted by UBC Engineering and UBC’s Women in Engineering group, a student-run organization that promotes gender diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering.* We have an inclusive view of the word “women” and “girl” and we welcome trans, genderqueer and non-binary folks interested in this event.

UBC Engineering: Changing the World: Engineering the Future 2022 – YouTube

Interested in more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs available at the UBC Okanagan campus? Check out the UBC Okanagan STEM page for more details.