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Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

Mitchell Hall - 69 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2N9
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Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)  

Mitchell Hall - 69 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2N9

  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp
  • Focus:
  • Cost:
    $200 to $1,500/week
  • Ages:
    7 to 17
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  • Summary Profile

    Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    The Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students to engineering design, STEM concepts, and a variety of engineering disciplines. Students participate in hands-on experiences within various research/lab facilities and the instructors use thought provoking engineering projects and labs to inform and engage students.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Our Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) programs give participants the unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that are intended to ignite, foster, and enrich their interest in and understanding of STEM concepts. Our participants visit labs, tour our campus, and get a taste of Engineering at Queen's University. "

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our dedicated full-time staff bring a unique blend of teaching expertise and engineering/STEM background to create an enriching learning environment. Our staff have a passion for inspiring the next generation of innovators, and believe that there is a place for everyone in STEM.

    Our summer staff are Queen's University undergraduate students who are either studying Engineering, Education or a STEM-related discipline.

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) registration can be accessed via the following link:


    Our registration process is designed to be effortless and efficient, ensuring that your entry into our programs is as smooth as possible. Simply visit our user-friendly online registration portal, where you'll find a step-by-step guide to complete the process. Input your information, select your preferred sessions, and securely submit your registration with just a few clicks. Our responsive support team is readily available to assist with any queries or concerns you may have along the way. Join us in shaping an unforgettable summer filled with exploration, discovery, and growth. "

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) currently has 3 programs available.

    Filter activities available:

    Arts & Crafts|AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Minecraft|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Virtual Reality|LEGO|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Medical Science|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Arts & Crafts|AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Minecraft|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Virtual Reality|LEGO|Math|Nature/Environment|Animals|Architecture|Engineering|Health Science|Medical Science|Space|STEAM|STEM
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 14 - 17
    Engineering, STEAM
    $450 to $1,500
    3D Design|3D Printing|AI (Artificial Intelligence)|Animation|Drone Technology|Gaming|Mechatronics|micro:bit|Minecraft|Arduino|Scratch|Robotics|Technology|Virtual Reality|Debate|Entrepreneurship|Leadership Training|LEGO|Math|Nature/Environment|Public Speaking|Architecture|Engineering|Medical Science|Skilled Trades Activities|STEM

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    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 3
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

    our take

    For young people with a passion for engineering, attending the Connections sessions has the same gravity as, say, a child who loves basketball attending a week of practices with the Raptors. The setting, the staffing, the resources, the approach—it’s all the real deal, within one of the country’s foremost academic institutions. No punches are pulled, with attention to chemical, civil, electrical and computing, geological, mechanical engineering, and others. It’s not for everyone, to be sure, but, again, for the right child, it’s as exceptional as it is unique. Day and overnight options allow for a wider range of engagement, but the immersive overnight programs are a particular draw. Participants interact with peers of a like mind and academic ability, as well as academics and professionals in the field, all which can be both transformational and inspiring.

    Three Things: Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

    Questions for the Director of Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

    Scott Compeau, Manager

    • 00:21 - What is unique about your program?
    • 00:55 - What type of student is successful in this program?
    • 02:06 - Is the schedule structured or is it more open?
    • 02:49 - How do your staff deal with behavioural issues?
    • 04:46 - What do participants value most about their experience in the program?
    • 05:55 - What advice would you give to a new participant of the program?

    Insider's Perspective(s) of Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

    Stephanie Young, Parent

    • 00:24 - What were you looking for when searching for camps?
    • 01:07 - What would you highlight about QSEA's programming, teachers, or curriculum, and what can you tell us about that?
    • 01:50 - What do your children like best or find most exciting about QSEA?
    • 02:41 - How and when did you know that QSEA was the right fit for your children?
    • 03:57 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your children after time at camp?
    • 04:23 - If you hadn't sent your children to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that they would've missed out on?
    • 05:08 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 05:40 - How would you describe this camp to another parent?
    • 06:31 - What do your children say about the camp, either to you or to others?

    Review(s) of Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)

    2018 Parent (Parent)Parent views about QSEA

    "I wanted to congratulate you on the depth and breadth of your QSEA program. My child had a blast and was very impressed by the diversity of activities, and is very excited to come back next year." - QSEA parent

    2018 student (Camper)Information about Engineering Disciplines

    "I developed a more accurate interpretation of each branch of engineering and have discovered a few that I did not previously know." - QSEA student

  • Location & Site Details


    Mitchell Hall - 69 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Dorm or Building


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: In years past, All QSEA Senior and QSEA Intermediate students have stayed in one of the premium residence rooms which means they are single climate-controlled rooms with a shared bathroom with one other person. An example of the residence rooms can be found using the following link: https://residences.housing.queensu.ca/our-buildings/building-descriptions/brant-house/

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Scott Compeau, Engineering Outreach Manager
    PEng, MASc, BEd, OCT, PhD Candidate

    As a professional engineer, a qualified high school Chemistry teacher, and the Manager of Connections Engineering Outreach over the past 6 years, I take pride in properly designing our workshops to include important aspects of the engineering profession. Also, with a Masters degree specializing in engineering education focusing on school students' perceptions of engineering, I am aware of the mis-perceptions that some students hold about the profession and the team works towards providing accurate information about the profession to correct these perceptions.

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