Engineering Science Quest (ESQ) believes that the best way to create interest in science, engineering and technology is by being an active participant.
 
Our activities are created and delivered by a combination of post-secondary students and high school students with a variety of interests in science, engineering and technology. By creating activities that are born out of their own natural curiosity and interests, our staff inspire the youth they teach.
 
Activities draw connections and inspiration from the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum, and the courses that students have taken in university. All activities are checked for safety by full time staff of the University.
 
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ESQ Campers with Prime Minister Trudeau at Google during CodeMakers event

 
In a typical multi-day program (such as a camp), we cover a variety of different scientific areas. In the summer we ensure that all camps have at least one activity that addresses and explores:
 
  • Biology and Health Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Technology

During the week we also visit labs and other STEM inspired spaces on campus, like the Earth Science Museum

Themes

In the summer, we tie our activities to a larger camp room theme. These themes help make the activities relevant, and further show the campers how science is all around them.
 
For example a camp theme on food may have activities such as:
 
  • How do we digest food? (Biology)
  • How do they make apple flavoured food? (Chemistry)
  • How do they delivery fresh fish in a timely fashion? (Engineering)
Each of the ESQ age groups (Banting, Suzuki, Newton and Edison) also has a secondary theme to help ensure that the activities are relevant to the age group's social and developmental level.
 
Each year we strive to offer new and creative takes on our activities, but we still make room for the classics like liquid nitrogen ice cream. 
 

Activities and Schedules

ESQ camp schedules are not made publicly available. Parents of registered summer campers can request camp schedules in mid-June. 

For sample activities from previous years of ESQ camps, you can visit our activities page. Please note that the examples on the activities page are from past camps and may not be a part of your child's ESQ experience this year.

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