TechConnect

FAS TechConnect

The next step in your transition to university

What is TechConnect?

The SFU FAS TechConnect program is a four-year experience program aimed to ease your transition from high school into the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) at SFU, and then support you throughout the duration of your degree. Whether you're in Computing Science, Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Software Systems, or Sustainable Energy Engineering, TechConnect's focus is to make university a stress-free and welcoming experience.

Why should I participate?

Each session will cover important information helping you to make the most of your university experience. We will be offering six sessions throughout the Fall, and will be adding more program content in the Spring. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics, from strategies to balance a healthy lifestyle with your schoolwork, to ways to get involved with clubs and student unions on campus. Academic advisors will be on hand each session to assist you with course planning and answer your questions.

Make immediate connections

As a TechConnect mentee, you’ll have the added benefit of connecting with student mentors declared in the same major and learn first-hand about what to expect from your coursework and where the best (and cheapest) food is on campus! Every session you’ll also have an opportunity to connect with your peers and socialize. Through TechConnect we want you to feel welcomed and part of our Applied Sciences community.

Fall 2021: TechConnect Schedule

* Please note: All sessions will be in-person at one of our SFU campuses dependent on your major. This may be subject to change pending BC Public Health Orders*

Computing Science Group A/B* and Engineering Science cohorts: Your sessions will be at the Burnaby campus in TASC 9204.

Students in SEE, MSE and SoSy are the Surrey cohort: Your sessions will be at the Surrey campus in SRYC 5140.

*Please check your emails to see which cohort you are a part of.

 

Session 1: Welcome to Applied Sciences! 

Come join us for a social event to kick off your journey within Applied Sciences at SFU!

Computing Science Group A –

Tuesday, September 14th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Wednesday, September 15th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, September 17th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm  

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, September 14th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Session 2: Calculus I Study Prep

Work with a professional tutor on problems, solutions, and strategically approaching Calculus I and Calculus I with Review.

Computing Science Group A –

Tuesday, September 28th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Wednesday, September 29th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, October 1st   from 1:00 – 2:30 pm  

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, October 5th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Session 3: Advising and Course Planning for Spring 2022

 Receive advice from our experienced advisors on course planning and enrollment for the Spring 2022 term.

Computing Science Group A –

Tuesday, October 19th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Wednesday, October 20th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, October 22nd    from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, October 19th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Session 4: Public Speaking 

What are you saying when you are presenting? Work with our professional speaker on breathing, pausing and posture.

Computing Science Group A –

Tuesday, November 2nd from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Wednesday, November 3rd from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, November 5th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, November 9th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Session 5: Discovering the Importance of Health and Wellness

Learn from Student Affairs Coordinator, David Le on how to balance a well-fulfilled social life with your academics.

Computing Science Group A –

*NEW DATE AND TIME* Wednesday, November 17th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Wednesday, November 17th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, November 19th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, November 23rd from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

 

Session 6:  Gingerbread Showdown

Celebrate the end of term in a friendly competition against your classmates in Applied Sciences at the other campus!

Computing Science Group A –

Tuesday, December 7th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Computing Science Group B –

Tuesday, December 7th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Engineering Science –

Friday, December 3rd from 1:00 – 2:30 pm 

Surrey Cohort –

Tuesday, December 7th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Questions?

Please connect with Student Affairs Coordinator, Nancy Wong fas_scholarships@sfu.ca for any inquiries on the TechConnect program and for late registration.

 

What students say about TechConnect

“Biggest takeaway for me is that TechConnect really helps ease the stress of being a first year. I am very glad that I managed to be a part of this program. I've created new friends who are in first year and upper year that can help me on later on. I really liked TechConnect and it was one of the things I looked forward to [my first semester].

“I really enjoyed seeing the same familiar faces in my classes and making great acquaintances. Most of all, the mentor sessions (remove:that occurred bi-weekly) were very helpful - especially being able to ask for help in person, without a rushed time constraint, and on a student to student basis.”

“It’s already super engaging and useful for any student, it familiarized us with so much and really helped me transition to university”
 

“Thank you very much!!! I could not imagine my first semester without it.”
 

“I made a couple of friends there that I now hang out with a lot. The connections helped a lot.”