Queen's Summer Engineering academy
Do you know an aspiring engineer who is currently in grade 7 and 8? Give them an introduction to the Queen’s Engineering experience with the Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) Intermediate.
This program presents students with an overview of engineering using lab facilities and thought-provoking projects to inform and engage students without being technically overwhelming. Participants will get a taste of Queen’s Engineering through team-based design projects involving collaboration, leadership, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
Students will learn the fundamentals of an engineering design process in biomedical applications, through different engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, and chemical. Throughout the week, participants will asynchronously tackle open ended design problems that require medical solutions that help people live a healthier life. For example, students will explore innovative treatment strategies for bone and joint disorders, injuries, and the related problems. Daily synchronous touch points with current Queen’s undergraduate students offer the opportunity to answer any questions that may arise throughout the week.
In addition to designing and creating various projects, participants will be exposed to a variety of educational technologies including: Microcontrollers (micro:bits), CoSpaces, Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), TinkerCAD & various coding languages (block, python). The Engineering at Queen’s Course A will lay the foundation for generations of engineers to come!
July 4 – 8, 2022
July 18 – 22, 2022
August 8 – 12, 2022
In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of engineering disciplines. Students will apply their previous math and science knowledge to open-ended design problems that will require them to use abstract and technical thinking skills as they progress through the engineering design cycle. Students will learn how to use basic design tools, soldering, and machine skills, along with laboratory skills through
chemical experiments. Electrical engineering will be explored through computer programming, hardware design, and the physical construction of electronic circuits.
Engineering 101 will showcase the diverse field that is engineering!
If you could design a better city, where would you begin? Students in this course will explore common problems that today’s cities face and work towards designing innovative and creative solutions. Through a series of daily activities, participants will learn more about the fundamentals of civil, computer, mechatronics, mining, and geological engineering in a safe and focused way. Daily synchronous touch points with current Queen’s undergraduate students offer the opportunity to answer any questions that may arise throughout the week.
In addition to designing and creating various projects, participants will be exposed to a variety of educational technologies including: Microcontrollers (micro:bits), Scratch, CoSpaces, Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), TinkerCAD & various coding languages (block, python). The Engineering at Queen’s Course B will lay the foundation for generations of engineers to come!
July 11 – 15, 2022
July 25 – 29, 2022
August 15 – 19, 2022
There are several options for QSEA fees. More information about QSEA fees below.
Frequently asked questions
The schedules may differ based on the courses or specific discipline being studied. Our virtual programs have been developed to include a synchronous learning block from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. Students will then receive their instructions for an asynchronous activity, and then will have the remainder of the morning block to work on the activity. Another synchronous activity will begin following the lunch break at 1:00 pm. Students will wrap up each day with a final a synchronous activity.
During our in-person programs, students will typically participate in a structured morning instructional session from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and an afternoon session for 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Monday-Friday.
The total instructional time is 27 hours per week.
Connections is not offering evening programming for the summer of 2021.
Should this change, the evening activities are subject to change from week to week and are dependent on the availability of our local partners. In the past we have taken students swimming at a community pool, toured downtown Kingston, and gone to a local Escape Room. Evening activities are for residence option students ONLY
Connections Engineering Outreach is currently unable to offer lunch service for our participants (summer 2021).
Should this change, QSEA Senior and Intermediate students (both residence and commuter) will receive a lunch in the cafeteria while residence option students will also receive breakfast and dinner in the cafeteria. The fees for these meals are included in your program fee.
Queen’s University is NOT a nut-free environment. Queen’s Food Services works closely with all students and guests to campus who self-identify their allergies and food restrictions to make appropriate accommodations. Therefore, it is important to provide Connections with all necessary dietary and medical information when registering and update us on any changes to your medical history so that we can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable dining experience while you are on campus.
We want students to be comfortable during their full day of classes. Residence option students leave for breakfast in the morning and do not return to their residence until the end of classes. We ask students to abstain from bringing or wearing clothing items with inappropriate language or images.
Some courses may require specific clothing (i.e. long pants, closed toe shoes) for safety purposes. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of closed-toe shoes and long pants.
Connections Engineering Outreach is not currently offering residence options for participants (summer 2021).
Typically, students who have selected the residence option will check in to one of our premium residence buildings on the Sunday afternoon prior to the start of program.
Students will be assigned (randomly) in single rooms. These single rooms are connected by an adjoining bathroom and therefore the residence floors will be segregated by gender. Premium residence buildings are climate controlled, and students do not need to bring bedding. Participants will be sent a complete list of items to bring to residence closer to the start of QSEA.