Queen's University Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science

It's National Engineering Month

We recently found this great video, What is Engineering, on YouTube.  With National Engineering Month in full swing, there is still time to find an event near you!  As the weather (hopefully) starts to warm up, thoughts turn to summer for college and university students - a chance to get out and apply the skills they are learning in their classes.  While they are away, campuses come alive with experience programs for younger students, and Queens is no exception. Registration is almost open for our new EngWAY program! Education is a journey of a lifetime, and we aim to help support that journey.  Please follow us on facebook and twitter for regular updates in Aboriginal STEM initiatives.

EngWAY for grades 7/8

Engineering Week for Aboriginal Youth, May 20-23
Our new program for students in grades 7 and 8 is gearing up for registration! This year, EngWAY will feature a course called Ancestral Engineering and Modern Applications, designed to introduce the profession of engineering to Aboriginal youth in a culturally relevant context.  Students arrive on campus May 20, spending three nights in residence at Queen's. Additional workshops by the staff at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and fun extracurriculars with the ENrichment Studies team will make this an amazing experience.  Better yet....registration is FREE!  See website for details, and contact us for more information.

Aboriginal Awareness Week at Queen's

Tribe Called Red headlines
Happy Aboriginal Awareness Week!  The students at Queen's Native Students' Association and staff at Four Directions have been working hard to put together this week's events.  A complete schedule can be found here, but highlight events include the Tribe Called Red concert on Wednesday night and the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

On-Campus Events

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre welcomes all to their cultural and social programming events. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.
Thursdays, 4-5 pm
Hand Drumming

Thursdays, 3:00-5:30
Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program
For local high school aged Aboriginal youth. Contact Ashley Maracle for details

March 19, 5-7 pm
Three Sisters Feast

Free for students, donation requested of community members

March 19, 7 pm
A Tribe Called Red
Queen's ARC - $18.00
A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming

March 28, 2:00-3:00 pm
Career Services at Four Directions

March 28, 3:00-4:00 pm
Frybread Friday


For Parents and Teachers

Project-based engineering for kids
March Break is over and it's back to school in classrooms across Ontario today!  Here's an exciting web resource that will help you bring project-based engineering into your classroom at the elementary and middle school levels, using readily available and inexpensive materials. Videos included!

Engineering at home - make it fun!
The journey to a career in engineering can start right at home on the kitchen table!  Check out this blog for 100 ideas to bring engineering to a basic kid-friendly level, introducing concepts in physics through at-home DIY fun.

Students' Section

DIY engineering
Okay, so we shared this link with your teachers too, but check out some of the cool stuff you can build at home! Slingshot rockets and cars? Tornado Towers?  Build them!

High School
Do you have what it takes?
Curious about engineering, but not sure you have what it takes?  Here's a few quizzes for you to try out! Do you have what it takes to be an engineer?

Post Secondary
Which path to take
Serious about engineering, but not sure which path to take?  Engineers Canada offers an in-depth analysis of your strengths and guides you towards the best career path for you.  A fee applies, but if you are already in a general engineering or science program, it may pay off to find out now. See Career Focus for more information.

Conferences and Events

Gathering Our Voices
Aboriginal Youth Conference

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
March 18-21, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Soaring Youth Career Conference

March 20, 2014
Winnipeg, MB

Leadership Summit

March 21-23, 2014
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM

Discovering the Elements of our Mother Earth
Aboriginal Science Fair

March 25-26, 2014
Wendake, QC

Inclusion Works
Aboriginal HR Canada

April 29-May 1, 2014
Vancouver, BC

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