Queen's Summer Engineering academy


Do you know an aspiring engineer who is currently in grade 9, 10 or 11? Give them an introduction to the Queen’s Engineering experience with the Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) Senior. 

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.

At the moment, one session of QSEA Senior is scheduled to run in person on Queen’s campus. Connections Engineering Outreach continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will adhere to all public health guidelines. This program is subject to cancellation.

Engineering at Queen's

In this course, students will be introduced to the core engineering disciplines offered at Queen’s University, while virtually exploring life as an engineering student.

Students will apply the fundamentals of math and science to open ended design problems, requiring abstract and technical thinking to explore the Engineering Design Process and the engineering profession. Students will learn basic engineering principles such as design, drafting, modeling and laboratory skills through experiments, along with the opportunity to strengthen professional skills such as asynchronous learning and communication. Engineering at Queen’s will showcase the diverse field that is engineering!

In addition to designing and creating various projects, participants will be exposed to a variety of educational technologies including: 3D design, CoSpaces, Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) & other engineering design software programs used by Queen’s engineering undergraduate students.

Throughout this course, participants will learn more about the following engineering disciplines offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s: Chemical, Civil, Mining, Geological & Engineering Physics

Sessional Dates:
July 5-9, 2021 (VIRTUAL)
July 19-23, 2021 (VIRTUAL)
August 9-13, 2021 (VIRTUAL)
August 9-13, 2021 (IN-PERSON)

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engineering the digital world

In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of the engineering disciplines offered at Queen’s University as they apply to virtual and digital environments. Students will apply the fundamentals of math and science to open-ended design problems, requiring abstract and technical thinking to explore the Engineering Design Process, along with the engineering profession. 

Students will learn basic engineering principles as they explore the digital world through computer programming, hardware design, the construction of electronic circuits, artificial intelligence, and the applications of machine learning. Engineering the Digital World will showcase the diverse (and emerging) field that is engineering!

In addition to practicing safe handling of design tools participants will be exposed to a variety of educational technologies including: 3D design, simulated microcontrollers (Micro:bits & Arduino), Coding languages (block & script) and robotics.

Throughout this course, participants will learn more about the following engineering disciplines offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electrical, Computer & Applied Mathematics

Sessional Dates:
July 12-16, 2021 (VIRTUAL)
July 26-30, 2021 (VIRTUAL)
August 16-20, 2021 (VIRTUAL)

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QSEA Pricing

There are several options for QSEA fees. More information about QSEA fees below.


Virtual Program



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 depended on the  availability of our local partners. In the past we have taken students swimming at a community pool, they have toured downtown Kingston, and have participate   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.

If you have any further questions regarding the Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy, please do not hesitate to Contact Us