Leader In Training vs Catalyst Summer Program

Stuck on deciding between the Engineering Science Quest Leader In Training program or the Catalyst Summer Program?  There are a few similarities that are worth understanding.  

  • Both programs are open to students who have completed at least one (1) day of Grade 9.  So any student enrolled and having attended a day of high school is eligible for either program.
  • Neither program is gender specific, the programs are open to both female and male students.
  • Both programs are run here at the main Waterloo campus.
  • Both programs offer opportunities for completion of Ontario Secondary School Diploma volunteer service hours.

With that said, here are some of the big differences between the two programs.

Differences between Leader in Training Program and Catalyst Summer Program
  Leader In Training Catalyst
Focus Train and prepare high school students for the opportunity of becoming a paid ESQ staff member as a High School Leader or University Leader in future years. Develop engineering focused high school students through investigation, practice, experience and study of both engineering as well as entrepreneurship.
Program Scheduling 1 week of intensive leadership and camp focused training followed by 2 weeks (80 hours) of volunteer placement with a focus on staff and camper support along with content creation and delivery.

2 week engineering focused camp session.

*New* Optional volunteer placement at request of participants.

Application requirements Application form, personal interest piece. Application form, Personal Interest Application as well as a teacher reference form

Hopefully this helps to answer some questions about the differences between the two programs. Each program offers a different experience aimed at a different applicant. The goal is to engage high school students with engineering and science through design thinking, engineering problem-solving and group projects that lead to the Faculty of Engineering or through hands on teaching experience working in a camp environment with young children.

Please read more information about the Catalyst Summer Program!

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