Our Story

Connections Engineering Outreach was established in 2014 by Smith Engineering at Queen's University to create new opportunities for the greater Kingston community to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Connections is the official Engineering Outreach Program of Smith Engineering and provides experiential learning opportunities for both students and teachers, to spark curiosity in STEM. 


Our mission is to:

  1. Provide experiential opportunities for pre-university students to learn about engineering, with an additional focus on increasing diversity within the engineering profession. 
  2. Develop and share quality engineering education tasks that align with the Ontario K-12 curriculum
  3. Provide support and professional development opportunities for educators looking to integrate engineering and 21st century skills into their practice. 
  4. Develop positive relationships between Queen’s Engineering and the Kingston community. 


Our Partners

Connections is a network partner of Actua, Canada's leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education outreach organization. Actua provides training, resources, and support to its members at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Every year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Learn more about Actua