U of T Engineering Outreach Programs

Via Liz Phillips, some STEM opportunities that may be of interest to the Howard Community:

U of T’s Engineering Student Outreach Office offers several programs for school-aged students. See below for specific info on courses for students in grades 3-6 and see the website for information on courses for your older children as well.

The Engineering Outreach Office would like to announce our upcoming Winter 2019 Girls’ Jr. DEEP Saturdays, Jr. DEEP Saturdays and Engineering High School Saturday Programs! Program details can be found below.

Registration will open on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00AM Eastern Time. The links to register can be found on our website or in the email below. Please note that the links will not be active until Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00AM Eastern Time

Our Girls’ Jr. DEEP and Jr. DEEP Saturdays programs run for three Saturdays with the topic changing each week. Below are descriptions for the Girls’ Jr. DEEP and Jr. DEEP Saturdays. Classes are divided by grade. There will be a class for students in grades 3/4, grades 5/6, and grades 7/8 according to the 2018/2019 school year. All participants will have to opportunity to do all three activities listed below over the course of the three weeks. Please note that participants can only register for the program that corresponds with their grade in the 2018/2019 school year and no exceptions can be made.

Girls’ Jr. DEEP Saturdays

Saturday January 19th, January 26th, February 2nd

$180.00 CAD


12:00pm – 1:00pm | Drop-off/Registration
1:00pm – 4:00pm | Program time
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Pick-up


University of Toronto St. George Campus*

*A pre-program package will be sent to all participants one week prior to the start of the program, with details on the exact building location

Program Information


Link to registration*



*The link to register will be active on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00AM Eastern Time



Girls’ Jr. DEEP Program Descriptions

Shock Absorbers: Controlling the Impact

Shock absorbers are devices that reduce impact by taking the kinetic energy and converting it into thermal energy.  In this class, students will experiment with springs, as well as fluids of varying viscosities to observe how each material aids in absorbing shock and reducing impact.  Students will consider the many practical uses of shock absorbers in industry, and develop vehicular models that incorporate what they have learned. Engineering Disciplines: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering


Water Filtration: Filtering out the Gunk

This class will challenge students to think like engineers, as they work together to improve existing water treatment systems and conceptualize new ones. Students will study filtration and aeration methods for removing pollutants from water. Working in groups, they will employ and execute the engineering design cycle to create prototypes for water filtration devices, while being mindful of addressing real-life constraints, such as availability of materials and cost. Engineering Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering


Valve Replacement Surgery

Did you know that the human heart will beat about 115,000 times each day? While other muscles may need a rest, such is not the case for the mighty heart! In this course, students will learn about the heart, its structures, and the role it plays in human health. They will learn about the valves that allow blood to flow through the heart and explore how human health is affected when the valves in the heart become damaged and defective.  Using engineering principals, students will build a model that demonstrates how the heart operations and functions. Engineering Disciplines: Industrial Engineering, Biomedical Engineering



Jr. DEEP Saturdays

Saturday, February 9th, February 23th, March 2nd 

Please note that the program is NOT running on Saturday, February 16th.


$180 CAD


12:00pm – 1:00pm | Drop-off/Registration
1:00pm – 4:00pm | Program time
4:00pm – 4:30pm | Pick-up


University of Toronto St. George Campus*

*A pre-program package will be sent to all participants one week prior to the start of the program, with details on the exact building location

Program Information


Link to registration*


*The link to register will be active on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00AM Eastern Time



Jr. DEEP Program Descriptions

Assembly Required: A Look at Industrial Engineering

Behind every product lies extensive supply chains and assembly lines that allow our favourite things to be made quickly and efficiently. In this course, students will take a closer look into the simple machines that turn a piece of plastic into something familiar, while focusing on concepts of energy and systems engineering. The students will design and build their own assembly line that builds a simple object to gain a deeper understanding of the engineering design process, and how to maximize production. Engineering Disciplines: Industrial Engineering 


Toy Robotics: When Parts Come to Life

This class will give students a fun introduction to robotics as they work to create and build their own simple toy bots.  Students will learn about the basics of circuits, motion, and simple machines and discover the crucial roles these concepts play in robotics.  They will work collaboratively to apply this knowledge to design and build the mini bots themselves. Engineering Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering

A.I. Programming and Our World*

This class will introduce students to little robotic gadgets known as Ozobots. They will implement technological problem-solving skills as they work to program their bots to perform various tasks and solve simple problems.  Students will work with basic programming models to teach their Ozobot the most efficient ways to operate, and will engage in discussions about the overall impact new technology has on individuals, society, the economy and the environment. Engineering Disciplines: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

* Please note that this activity is similar to the activity covered in Girls’ Jr. DEEP Fall 2018 so some content may be repeated



If you see that a course is wait listed on the registration page, that means there are no available spaces. If a space opens up in the course, those on the waitlist will be notified immediately in the order that they registered.


Creating an Active Account

If this is your first time registering for one of our programs, you will be prompted to create an Active account. The account making process happens after registration. If you are successful in getting a spot in the course, you spot will be held for you as you create your account. There is no need to rush this process.

There is no way to create an account before the registration date.



If the fees for this program create a financial barrier, please consider applying for an Engineering Outreach Bursary. You are eligible to apply if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person with demonstrated financial need. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please contact our office prior to registration for your next steps. When you are applying for a bursary please use the coupon code BURSARY at the check-out screen to bypass payment. Registration

How to apply: Register for the program you would like to attend and use the coupon code BURSARY 

Download and complete the bursary application form (Form can also be found on our website) Submit the completed form along with your most recent Notice of Assessment to the email outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

Once the forms have been submitted to us, we will contact you with the results of bursary in the following weeks prior to the start of the program. Please note that if you are on a waitlist or have not registered for a course, your bursary application will not be assessed.


Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations made between the time of registration and 2 weeks before the start of the program are eligible for a refund minus $50 administrative fee.


Any cancellations made within 2 weeks of the start of the program are not eligible for a refund. In order to receive a partial refund for a cancelled program, the cancellation must be made by the following dates:


Girls Jr. DEEP Saturdays, Engineering High School Saturdays Session 1 and The Magic of Calculus: January 12th, 2019


Jr. DEEP Saturdays and Engineering High School Saturdays Session 2: January 26th, 2019.


Thank you for your continued support of UofT’s Engineering Outreach programs. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us and we would be more than happy to help.



Howard Holiday Toy Drive in Support of 4 Villages


Dear Howard families,

The 4 Villages Toy Drive is returning this year! If you would like to contribute, please deposit your toy gift in the box outside the office between today and Wednesday, December 19th.

We’d like only new toys please. Ages up to 15 years. If you wrap them please mark the age and gender on the box.

Thanks again Howard families for your continued support!!

Lesley Graham

New STEM Stuff to Borrow: BOOST Robots and Makey-Makeys


The Howard STEM Committee has just purchased *4* new fun things for our community lending library.  To sign up to play with these at home for up to 2 weeks, please follow the link at the bottom of the email.


**But first!!**  Find out more about these fun activities:


Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

Take a look at the following (hilarious) video for some examples of what you can do with a kit – and then dive into the MakeyMakey website for all kinds of creative ideas for turning your world into an interactive interface!





Similar to the Lego WeDo kits, Lego BOOST allows you to build figures using Lego and program them using the Lego BOOST app (must be installed on a tablet or mobile device).

For a look at what these can do, check out the following video:


Are you ready to sign something out?

Please fill out this form for your chance to take one or both home for up to 2 weeks.



If you have any questions, please email Liz at lizannephillips at gmail.com

Howard Goes to the Opera presents: Cosí Fan Tutte (correction from previous)

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 9.38.57 PMHoward Goes to the Opera presents:

Cosí Fan Tutte

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Produced by the Canadian Opera Company

Directed by Atom Egoyan

Saturday February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm The Four Seasons Centre

Limited tickets to the COC dress rehearsal of Cosí Fan Tutte are available for $20 each. Minimum 3 students per adult. Cash or cheque payable to the Howard Home & School Association.


Please see the attached form to order tickets and hand in orders to the Music Room by ​Thursday December 20, 2018.

For more info, email ​howardgoestotheopera@gmail.com​ .


Cosi Fan Tutte

Howard Donation Policy Survey — RESULTS


Last month, the Howard Home and School Council Donation Policy Survey was circulated. 118 families responded and the vote result was a 93.2% YES vote.

So, this year we will ask the new Howard Student Council (students from grades 4, 5, and 6) to choose a charity/cause to support with 50% of the funds from the upcoming February Dance-A-Thon. Based on previous numbers, this will result in a donation of approximately $2400 to a worthy cause.

Guidance to students will be provided to students by Mr Wulf, the Student Council staff sponsor and the Howard School Council Equity Committee. I will pitch in as well. However, the final recommendation (for approval by the principal) will be theirs alone.

In January, the student representatives will inform the School Council of their choice. Stay tuned! — Kathy Narraway

Howard Gives Back

We are so excited to see the Kindergarten to grade 2 kids performing at the Winter Concert next Wednesday December 5th and we are also happy to let you know that we will be raising funds for the Parkdale Community Foodbank at both concerts.   Look for the parents at the door holding cash donation boxes and let us help you lighten your wallet of spare change (or even those 5s, 10s or 20s if you are feeling up to it!)

The Parkdale Community Foodbank, which serves around 2000 people a month, is located in the heart of Parkdale, and their philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of members is the first priority. 

Please visit Parkdale Community Food Bank for more information about the PCFB.  Thank you in advance for helping us to support such a great local organization.