The Faculty of Applied Sciences' many outreach initiatives are designed to engage diverse communities and spark a life-long passion for engineering and technology.
K-12 Outreach Programs
Open to girls ages 10 to 18.
The Technovation Challenge teaches middle and high school girls how to make an app for a mobile phone using AppInventor. This 12-week, online, after-school program is structured so that groups of girls (ages 10-18) learn how to identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate with a team and communicate effectively. Each team will work though the Technovation curriculum with assistance from a female mentor.
Open to girls grades 5 to 7.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites girls (grades 5 – 7) and their parents/guardians to learn more about the wonderful world of computing science. Please join us for this free event where girls will have fun participating in programming activity while parents learn about the possibility of computing science as a career choice for their daughters. The girls and parents will then meet up to work on a challenge together. The day will conclude with refreshments.
Open to grade K to 9 students depending on the specific program.
Science Alive provides opportunities for youth to explore science beyond the textbook through hands-on, interactive discovery which stimulates their interest and fosters confidence. A student-run not-for-profit organization based at Simon Fraser University, Science AL!VE is supported by the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and a member of Actua, a national organization that reaches 225,000 youth annually.
Open to girls ages 9 to 11.
Each year, the Faculty of Applied Sciences hosts a great opportunity for girls aged 9-11 to learn about the fields of Computing Science and Engineering! Participants take part in various activities and have the chance to talk to current students about what it means to be a computing scientist or engineer. All activities are supervised by SFU faculty and staff. Girl Guides Canada participants complete all requirements for both their computing science and engineering badges.
Open to girls in grades 8 to 10.
Try/CATCH (Computing and Technology Conference for Her), organized by the Women in Computing Science (WICS) at Simon Fraser University, is a half-day event for high school girls from grades eight to ten. Its key objective is to help girls develop an interest in computing science and the field of technology. Students will participate in a variety of enriching activities focusing on developing skills in areas such as programming, user interface design and other computing-related aspects. Networking is encouraged, with women mentors facilitating discussions about the advantages of working in the technology field.
Open to girls in grades 7 to 10.
Nationwide engineering day Go ENG Girl gives girls the exciting opportunity to visit the SFU campus and learn from women professionals, academics and students about the wonderful world of engineering. While the girls enjoy fun hands-on activities, their parents are treated to an informative session about the path to a career in engineering.
Open to boy ages 9 to 12.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences is a partner in the Surrey School District's Sticks and Stars program for boys, aged 9 to 12. In Sticks and Stars, youth experience a range of activities designed to expand their personal and academic interests, and help them set goals.
Open to grade 8 to 12 high school students.
The School of Computing Science hosts an annual "Problem Solving Challenge." During the Challenge, students have to design and write programs to solve various problems. Some problems are straightforward and easy to solve while others will not be. Students don't have to worry about being bored! The contest is open to any team of two students from the same school (any grade).
Internships and Awards
The award-winning SCORE (Surrey Collaborative Outreach and Research Experience) program is a summer research internship program for graduate, undergraduate, and high school students to participate in cutting-edge research projects aimed at advancing health care and solving real-world challenges associated with medical technologies, digital health technologies, and assisted living technologies.
SCORE participants will have the opportunity to be involved with the newest scientific research discoveries in B.C., network with numerous professionals and fellow students, and prepare for a future career in a STEM field.
Open to grade 11 students.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences at SFU recognizes outstanding high school students in math, which is central to computing science, software systems, engineering science and mechatronic systems engineering. The Math 11 Excellence Award is granted to one male and one female Grade 11 students per participating school. Recipients are invited to explore how math applies in applied sciences at SFU's annual FAS MATH 11 Awards Evening.