uOttawa's Faculty of Engineering Outreach Office focus on providing youth with accessible programming in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Founded in 1991, Engineering Outreach originally provided programming to 60 participants. 30 years later, we now reach over 43,000 youth yearly through camps, clubs, workshops, and events. 

1999: A brand new Club for Girls is run for the first time

2009: GirlSci and TeenTech programming is created, offering our programs to a wider range of audiences

2013: 3D printing is introduced into the curriculum to kick-start the creative world of Engineering Design for youth!

2014: The University of Ottawa's Makerspace is created, allowing students and the public to take charge of their ideas

2015: New Enrichment programs are created, as well as Makergirls and Minimed, in order to appeal to an even larger population

2016: The University of Ottawa's Makermobile is launched, the first mobile makerspace for youth. Now, we currently have a selection of 3 different vans! Satellite Camps are offered to ensure participants have access to programming closer to home

2018: The Faculty of Engineering Secondary School is created

2019: The Maker Mobile team offered for the first time a successful MakerEd camp for teachers in the summer. Adventures Summer Camps are offered at 5 locations (uOttawa campus, Orleans, Barrhaven, Kanata and Alta Vista).

2020: Faculty of Engineering Secondary School offered 4 different credited classes (TDJ1O, TDJ2O, ICS2O, ICS3U), all online due to the pandemic. Summer camps are offered virtually.

2021: Maker Mobile transformed his workshop program to be offered online. New SHSM workshops are created and offered to high school students.

Our objectives

  1. To provide STEM programming to youth in a fun, iterative, project-based environment. 
  2. To reach hindered audiences in order to provide accessible STEM programming to all youth, especially those that otherwise would not have access. In particular: at-risk youth, Indigenous youth and female youth*
  3. To increase awareness about the opportunities the University of Ottawa can offer youth in their future education.

*Reaching the female population - According to a survey by ONWiE, the number of females entering the field of Engineering is a low 14%. Although this number has improved, we aim to continue supporting females in STEM by offering programming just for girls, in a safe, mentor-friendly environment for them to thrive.

Community involvement

Adventures in Engineering and Science is committed to introducing young minds to the wonders and merits of science, engineering, and technology, no matter their ethnicity, gender, culture, and socio-economic background. We offer completely subsidized workshops and summer camp programs to youth across Ontario and Quebec.

We are proud to have partnered with the following groups and organizations:

  • Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (Ottawa)
  • Odawa Native Friendship Centre (Ottawa)
  • Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (Ottawa)
  • Black Engagement Civic Action Network (Ottawa)
  • Minwaashin Lodge - Aboriginal Women's Support Centre (Ottawa)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (Ottawa)
  • Akwesasne Freedom School (Cornwall)
  • Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School (Cornwall)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall (Cornwall)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke (Pembroke)
  • Kenjgenwin Tek Educational Institute (M'Chigeeng)
  • Kitigan Zibi Community(Maniwaki)
  • Nipissing First Nation (Nipissing)
  • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre (Peterborough)
  • North Bay Indian Friendship Centre (North Bay)
  • N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre (Sudbury)
  • Sheshegwaning First Nation, St-Joseph Anishinaabek school (Sheshegwaning)
  • Whitefish River First Nation (Whitefish River)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Dawson Community Centre (Verdun)
  • Scouts Canada (Ottawa)
  • Girl Guides of Canada (Ottawa, Manotick, Wakefield, North Gower, Ennismore, Trenton, Bridgenorth)
  • Pathway to Education
  • City of Ottawa (Public libraries and community centres)
  • Christie Lake Community Centre
  • Crysler Optimist Club
  • Rotary Club of Nepean


Adventures Platinum Funders

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Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide.
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2023-24 Actua National Funders

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Government of Canada, NSERC, RBC Future Launch, Suncor Energy Foundation, Google.org, Toyota Foundation, CIBC Foundation, and Enbridge