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.
|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!