Discover Engineering Camp

General Information

What this camp is about: Discover engineering is a summer day camp to inform young women about engineering and to encourage them to consider post secondary education and a career in this profession. Young women spend five days at Ryerson, undertaking hands-on projects in a wide variety of engineering subject areas. They meet women engineers and engineering students and learn about the challenges and excitement of both an engineering career and education.

What kind of hands-on projects:
  • make slime in a chemistry lab
  • use LEGO to learn about mechanical engineering in our new RoboLab
  • design and build an electronic circuit
  • learn about and create a digital logic circuit
  • go on a field trip and learn first-hand about newest technologies (for example,1999 field trip to CanTel)
  • and much more!

How to Apply:

1. Complete the application form and questionnaire. Photocopies or faxes of the forms are acceptable.
Our fax number is: (416) 979-5280. If you are faxing please note that copies of your application and questionnaire should be mailed in with your payment, placement cannot be guaranteed without receipt of your payment.

2. Have a teacher complete the recommendation form.

3. Attach payment, by cheque, payable to

Ryerson Polytechnic University - Discover Engineering.
4. Mail the application form and questionnaire with payment to:

 Discover Engineering Summer Camp
 Co-ordinator, Women in Engineering Projects, (T200)
 Ryerson Polytechnic University
 350 Victoria Street
 Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3
Deadline for applications is usually the first week of June, but applications will be accepted after that date if there is still space in the camp.

Selection Criteria:
To be considered for Discover Engineering, you must be a female high school student completing Grade 10, 11, 12 or OAC the current spring. Mature students are welcome. Applications for students completing grade 9 this year will also be accepted. Background in maths and science and/or technical courses is not required. Currently the camp has a total of 150 spaces: 30 spaces each in 5-one week sessions. If the camp is oversubscribed, we will choose on the basis of a lottery giving priority to more senior students and students who applied last year.

Acceptance Information:
If you are accepted to the camp, you will be mailed an acceptance letter and information about the time and location of the camp. If you are not accepted, Your application will be placed on a wait list in case there are last minute cancellations and a spot becomes available. If this does not occur, your application will still be placed on the wait list for our next year sessions (for which you will have a priority standing) and your payment will be returned.

Notification Date:  
Applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted into the camp by the third week of June.

Out of town applications:
Out of town applications are welcome. Accommodation for students, parents and school groups is available but not included in the camp fee. For information contact the Project Co-Ordinator.


For further information about Discover Engineering contact:

Co-Ordinator of Women In Engineering Projects You will be able to receive a current camp schedule and an application form. For information contact the Project Co-Ordinator.