In Canada, as well as in the United States, a number of strategies have been used to encourage young women to consider engineering as a viable career option, among them outreach programs aimed at elementary and high school students, mentoring programs, information sessions, workshops and summer camps. To list a few examples, the University of Minnesota provides a 'Science is for Girls' summer camp for young girls interested in science, math and engineering. Queen's University hosts Science Quest, a non profit and student run organization that introduces science and engineering to pre-high school students at summer day camps. The University of Toronto's Science Outreach Program targets grade 5-10 students for its summer camp sessions. Although this program is not restricted exclusively to girls, one of the stated primary objectives is to encourage more girls to get interested in science and engineering and, depending on the demand, an 'all girls' session is organized. Girls Exploring Technology is a one-week program offered by Fanshawe college to help girls in grades 6-8 choose secondary school programs that maximize future career options .
While all of these strategies work, evidence shows that intense, hands-on, on-campus initiatives such as summer camps are most effective in educating and motivating young women to consider pursuing an engineering education .