The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University introduces Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA). This program provides an overview of Engineering in a university setting for students entering Grades 10, 11 and 12 and explores several engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Geological, and Electrical-Computer Engineering.
In the summer of 2017, Connections is introducing it's QSEA Jr. program which is being offered for students entering Grade 8 and 9. QSEA Jr. will run for 3 weeks this summer and the course will provide an introduction to engineering design, and then focus on Innovation and MakerSpaces, or Lego Robotics.
With years of experience as a chemical engineer and a high school Chemistry teacher, I take pride in properly designing our workshops to include important aspects of the engineering profession. Also, with a Masters degree specializing in engineering education and my thesis on high school students' perceptions of engineering, I am aware of the misperceptions that some students hold about the profession. With this knowledge, I also try to design the workshops to help correctly align students perceptions.