As part of its commitment to preparing engineering graduates to excel and lead in the workplace, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. multi-faceted engineering outreach program works hard to promote learning opportunities for area youngsters interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Over a very short time frame, engineering outreach has established an impressive series of events to engage potential future engineering students, including ENG Squad Summer Camps, Go ENG Girl, Go CODE Girl and the annual university Engineering Robotics Competition for students in elementary and high schools.
Engineering outreach also partners with a number of community libraries to make the faculty’s electronics lending library kits available. Partnerships with libraries at Clarington and Oshawa have now expanded to include the Ajax Public Library.
The kits provide tools and materials needed to help young people experiment and discover engineering through hands-on activities. By borrowing the kits from their local library, youngsters can explore concepts in coding, technology, electronics and circuitry while learning in the comfort of their own homes, at their own pace.
In addition to the kits, the engineering outreach team also offers free STEM workshops for kids aged 10 and older. Participants have the opportunity to build, design, create, program and do-it-yourself with various types of technologies such as electronics and robots.
Photo: Youngsters check out the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s electronics lending kits at the Ajax Public Library