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.


We are currently preparing for  our summer 2022 QSEA programming. Please check back soon for exciting announcements regarding program descriptions, dates and registration!

Course A

Streams: Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Mechatronics, ECE, Mining, Geo, Physics, Applied Math

Theme/Highlights: Introduction to Engineering; Diverse

Are you interested in discovering what engineering is all about? Our free QSEAO program provides an exciting sneak peek into first-year engineering programs at Queen’s University. No experience necessary!

Course A offers a broad scope of engineering disciplines, including some you may already know and some you may not have heard of yet! In this course, students will cover the major disciplines of chemical, mechanical, electrical, computing, mining, and geological engineering in addition to Queen’s University’s unique mechatronics, mathematics and engineering, engineering physics and engineering chemistry disciplines! Courses are offered asynchronously at your own pace, with synchronous check-in points to connect with engineering students.

Our team will guide you through the engineering design process, using a variety of technology and tools used in our diverse workshops. To get the full QSEAO experience, our program will also showcase virtual tours through our state-of-the-art facilities, lab demos, design teams, and a glimpse into student life at Queen’s!

Step into first year engineering with insight into what inspires you here at Queen’s University!

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

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Course B

Streams: Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Mechatronics, ECE

Theme/Highlights: Focused Content

Are you looking to gain a more in-depth knowledge into the creative world of engineering? Join us for our free, focused Course B. No experience needed! 

Course B allows for a more extensive look into the engineering design process behind chemical, civil, mechanical, and electrical & computer engineering. Courses are offered asynchronously at your own pace, with synchronous check-in points to connect with current engineering students. Please note that Courses A and B have unique content, so we encourage you to attend both!

This course will facilitate bridging the gap between your current knowledge and interests, and first year engineering resources, using a more in-depth approach. Course B workshops will instruct on Micro: bit coding, breadboarding, artificial intelligence, and so much more. This course will also showcase virtual tours through our state-of-the-art facilities, lab demos, and presentations by Queen’s faculty, students, and design teams to showcase what Queen’s Engineering has to offer you!

Step into first year engineering with the foundational knowledge to drive your interests and challenge your skills!

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

After much discussion about what the virtual format will look like, Connections has decided to take a asynchronous approach to our QSEA Sr. programming. It is our hope that by doing so we will be able to offer a more inclusive and far reaching program. Participants will be able to work through activities at their own pace and around their own busy schedules.

Afternoons will have daily synchronous touch points with current engineering undergraduates for participants to ask questions, voice concerns and showcase completed work


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.

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