Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these enrichment opportunities may not take place. Please visit the individual websites for details.
Summer programs for high school students
|Computer Science||CEMC Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women||Female Grade 9 and 10 students in a Canadian high school or middle school.||Spring||A week-long program for female students to explore computer science, hear about careers, and break down stereotypes. No computer science experience necessary.|
|Engineering, Leadership||Catalyst Summer Program||Grade 10 or older||July and August||Develop leadership skills by drawing on Waterloo’s strengths in engineering, science, and innovation.|
|Engineering, Science||Engineering Science Quest||Grades 1 to 9||July and August||Empowers youth to be the change that the world needs by increasing students' confidence in science, engineering, and technology.|
|Science, Cryptography||Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS)||Grade 10 to 12||Mid-August||Week-long program that focuses on quantum cryptography, hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing.|
|Sciences, Engineering, Technology, and Entrepreneurship||Shad||Grade 10 or 11||July||
A four-week summer enrichment program. Students spend a month living in residence.
Programs for all ages
|Accounting, Finance||Financial Literacy Competition||Grade 9, 10, and 11 students||May and December||Supports and enhances financial literacy education within Canadian high schools.|
|Astronomy, Science||Gustav Bakos Observatory tours||All ages||Year round, by request or first Wednesday of each month||Tours offer a chance to look through the 12-inch telescope at Waterloo’s Gustav Bakos Observatory.|
|Chemistry||Chem 13 News Exam and Avogadro Exam||Grade 11 and 12 students||May||Written by more than 6,000 Grade 11 and 12 students every May|
|Computer Science||Computing Contests||Grades 9 – 12||November to May||Students around the world participate in Waterloo's computing contests each year.|
|Computer Science||CS4U Day||Grades 8 – 11||First week of December||Features speakers and hands-on activities.|
|Computer Science||Programming challenge for girls||Grade 10||December||A one-day workshop to introduce grade 10 girls to the basics of object-oriented programming through a hands-on tutorial and challenge.|
|Computer Science||CS Circles||Grades 9 to 12||On-demand||Learn to program using the Python language through interactive, text-based teaching.|
|Computer Science||Curriculum resources||Grades 9 to 12||On-demand||Learn to program using the Python language through interactive, video-based teaching|
|Engineering||Grade 11 Girls Conference||Female students in grades 11||May||Participate in hands-on workshops, meet engineering students, compete in a design competition, and experience life in residence.|
|Engineering, Science||Engineering Science Quest||Grades 1 to 9||July and August||Empowers youth to be the change that the world will need in the future by increasing students' confidence in science, engineering, and technology abilities.|
|Engineering, science, and mathematics||Engineering Outreach Hive Mind Tutoring||Students in grades, 10, 11 or 12 who have applied or plan to apply to STEM programs||February – April 2021||Free virtual tutoring and group sessions for students struggling with physics, calculus or chemistry.|
|Geography, Canadian and World Issues, Economics, Science||School visits||Grades 9 – 12||September to mid-April||Choose from one of three 75-minute presentations: Climate change (Grades 9-12), oil sands (Grades 11-12), or the sharing economy (Grades 11-12).
Includes discussion, brainstorming, and related careers. Email Miljana Kovacevic for details.
|Geology, Earth Sciences||Earth Sciences Museum||Grades K – 12||Year-round||Free tours and activities on a variety of earth science topics. Includes Cobalt Discovery Mine Tunnel tours.|
|Health, Kinesiology||Kinesiology Lab days||Grade 12||Mid-December||Visit kinesiology labs and participate in hands-on workshops.|
|Health, Medicine||Gairdner Foundation Lecture||Grades 11 – 12||Early October||Attend a lecture by a recipient of the prestigious Gairdner award (for scientists who have made significant breakthroughs in medicine).|
|Health, Neuroscience||University of Waterloo Brain Bee||Grades 9 – 12||Early March||Answer questions about the brain and neuroscience. The winner will compete in the National Brain Bee.|
|Health Informatics||Hi5 Health Informatics Challenge||Grades 10, 11, and 12||Fall||A freestyle competition where students use information technology to develop creative solutions to tackle current health issues.|
|Health Sciences||Anatomy workshop||Grade 11 or 12 Biology classes, Grade 12 Exercise Science classes||High school classes participate in a hands-on anatomy workshop with human cadavers. Email Tamara Maciel for details.|
|Indigenous youth||Indigenous youth camps||Various||Various||Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre offers camps that run throughout the year for Indigenous youth.|
|Mathematics||Math Circles||Grades 6 – 12||School year||A free weekly enrichment activity, held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Waterloo. Registration opens in September.|
|Mathematics||Curriculum resources||Grades 7 through 12||On demand||Free online lessons, interactive worksheets|
|Mathematics||Math contests||Grade 7 – 12||Throughout the year||Students around the world participate in Waterloo’s math contests each year.|
|Mathematics||High school visits||High school||Throughout the school year||Problem-solving workshops in mathematics and computer science. Includes discussions of careers in mathematics.|
|Mathematics||Think about Math!||Grade 9 girls||May||Designed for Grade 9 girls, the workshop demonstrates that math is fun, relevant, and leads to exciting careers.|
|Mathematics||Free resources||Grades 3 to 12||On-demand||Materials that support curriculum and enrichment.|
|Mathematics||Problem of the Week||Grades 3 to 12||Throughout the school year||Problems from various areas of mathematics are posted and e-mailed to subscribers.|
|Physics||Sir Isaac Newton Physics Exam||Grades 11-12||Early May||Physics exam for high school students.|
|Science||Let’s Talk Science||Grades K-12||Throughout the school year||Hands-on science activities aligned to the Ontario curriculum, brought free to classrooms by Waterloo student volunteers.|
|Science||Grade 8+ level, but attendance is open at parent discretion.||Throughout the year||
Public lectures delivered by leaders in the field on various topics of interest and relevance to the community.