The Catalyst Summer Program is a 2-week program that offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the “traditional leadership program”. Drawing from the University of Waterloo’s strengths in engineering, science and innovation, high school students develop leadership skills within a community and problem-based context - with real opportunities to put new skills to practice!
The Catalyst program, and especially the volunteer placement with ESQ camps, really helped build my confidence, leadership, and independence.
The opportunity to build, test, research, present and collaborate on projects rooted in Engineering design, business and entrepreneurship and research. Visit labs and research space on campus, attend talks and workshops from Graduate students and Faculty. The Summer program provides the opportunity for participants to gain experience practicing design thinking and problem-solving learning how to build ideas into a business and use their technical skills!
The Catalyst Summer Program is only open to current high school students (entering grade 10 or higher) and each applicant must submit an application in order to complete registration. Each session will be restricted to approximately eighteen students.
Space is limited to 18 spots per session (72 total) and applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that this program is not an overnight program.
Below you'll find the general session schedule for summer 2017:
*** - No camp on Civic Holiday Monday (August 7th, 2017)
Information regarding overnight accommodations will be provided upon acceptance. For more information, please contact us!
Applications for summer 2017 are now open!