We offer various programs that are designed for youth in grades one to twelve. We also offer programming that focuses on groups that are currently under-represented in engineering and science.

Our Engineering Science Quest, Catalyst, and Women in Engineering programs offer great ways to get involved.

  Program Audience Dates Overview
esq Science Night Students in grades K-8 and their guardians Throughout the school year Usually funded through a PRO Grant, elementary school students and their guardians learn about science and engineering together. Hosted at local elementary schools. 
esq Winter Break Camps Children in grades 1-6 Late December or early January The winter break program is designed to help fill the extra days during the two-week holiday break. Activities will cover a range of science, engineering and technology concepts, and will be different each day!
esq March Break Camps Children in grades 1-6 March Break This camp program is a series of one day sessions held during March Break. These days are designed to be flexible, to allow guardians to select which days fit their March Break schedule best. 
esq In-School Workshops Students in grades 1-8 Throughout the school year ESQ offers a large variety of workshops that are appropriate for the elementary school classroom or community groups. 
esq Summer Camps Children entering grades 2-9 July - August Our camp participants explore the world of science, engineering, and technology through participating in hands-on projects. 

Summer Camps


Children entering grades 2-5 July - August Throughout the summer, our off-campus or Satellite teams visit communities that are beyond the reach of our main campus programs in Waterloo.
Women in Engineering Badge Day Girl Guides Varies (winter) Complete all the requirements through fun and interactive activity stations and meet inspiring mentors who will demystify the university experience and technology careers.
esq Girls After School Club Girls in grades 6-8 Not currently running The Girls Clubs program engages participants through activities designed to dispel stereotypes about engineers and scientists and inspire girls to pursue these studies in high school and post-secondary education.
esq After School Clubs Children in grades 4-10 Wednesdays during the school year After School Club for boys and girls is designed to give students a chance to be a part of the design and engineering of devices and technology that make our lives easier.  
Women in Engineering Go ENG Girl Girls in grades 7-10 and their guardians October Learn about the wonderful world of engineering! Find out about some of the amazing things engineers are doing, and participate in a cool hands-on activity.
Women in Engineering Go CODE Girl Girls in grades 9-11 January Learn about the exciting world of coding and software development, and discover opportunities in computing and engineering fields.
Catalyst In-School Workshops Students in grades 9-12 Throughout the school year Catalyst offers a large variety of workshops that are appropriate for the high school classroom or community groups. 
Catalyst High School Catalyst Summer Program Youth entering grades 10-12 July - August The summer program provides the opportunity for participants to gain experience practicing design thinking and problem solving while learning how to build ideas into a business and use their technical skills!
Catalyst Leader in Training Program Youth entering grades 10-12 July - August The program builds leadership skills through group problem solving, hands on program development and delivery, first hand experience working with children and the opportunity to complete volunteer service hours.
Catalyst Grade 11 Girls Conference Girls in grade 11 End of April Participate in hands-on workshops, explore the University of Waterloo, meet engineering students, compete in a design competition, and experience life in residence!