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LEAP Academy

Developed for high-achieving secondary school students, LEAP Academy– the Learning Enrichment Advancement Program – delivers innovative summer courses in McMaster’s state-of-the-art engineering laboratories. Gain a deeper understanding of science, mathematics and technology while exploring today’s most exciting areas of engineering and computer science. Enriching, hands-on activities encourage creativity, personal growth and a passion for learning. Get a jump on university with LEAP Summer Academy 


Established in 2005, LEAP Academy attracts bright and eager students from across Canada and around the world. The intensive program combines lectures, design projects, lab experiments, industry tours and extracurricular events. Work on leading-edge projects with professors, graduate students and undergraduates . Along with academic preparation for university, LEAP offers students a taste of campus life with the opportunity to live in residence during their session.

McMaster Ranked #2 in Global Impact

McMaster Ranked #2 in Global Impact

McMaster Ranked 2nd

McMaster University has placed second in the world in a new international ranking that recognizes the impact universities are making in their own countries and on a global scale. The Times Higher Education Impact ranking is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations which are designed to address the most serious challenges of our time.

While McMaster was ranked second overall, it received specific rankings in each of the development goals:

 #1 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

 #2 – Good Health and Well-Being

#14 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

#16 – Partnership for the Goals

#68 – Gender Equality


McMaster has again been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. 

The University improved to 77th from 78th in the World University Rankings, published by Times Higher Education, and was ranked fourth among Canadian institutions. 

The rankings evaluate world-class universities against a host of performance indicators, including research, teaching, internationalization and more. 

The ranking places McMaster among the top one per cent of universities in the world. 

Earlier this year, McMaster was recognized with the Global Teaching Excellence Award.


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Still imagining your future? Find your passion in Engineering 101, as you explore a different field of engineering each day. 

Engineering 1 

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Microcontrollers: are an integral part of modern society, used in embedded systems they help run everyday items such as dishwashers, fridges, thermostats and printers. They act as a small computer, but run only one single program which performs a dedicated task. At LEAP students will have the opportunity to work with the Arduino uno, a microcontroller, to design various systems and will explore how modern embedded systems function and improve society. 

3D printer: technology has been around since the 1980s, but has really reached a large consumer population in the last few years. LEAP students will be introduced to additive manufacturing and the process of 3D printing, why it is useful and growing in industry, and they will design and print their own 3D models. 

Computer assisted design: involves using computer programs to create and optimize models. It is an integral part of most if not all engineering disciplines and greatly increases the quality and speed at which engineering designs can be created. At LEAP students will use CAD software to create 2D and 3D models and will use CAD software together with 3D printers to turn their electronic models into physical objects. 

Breadboards: Circuit design is a vital part of many LEAP projects, and students will learn to use breadboards to prototype their circuits. Breadboards are plastic bases with conductive plates on the back, which allow quick and, most importantly, non-permanent addition of circuit components to a circuit. This makes them ideal for prototyping and testing of circuits, since the components can be easily added and removed. 

Soldering: is the process of connecting two metal components by filling the gap between them with a third material which melts at a much lower temperature. Students at LEAP will get the chance to solder in the soldering lab for circuit design and other electronics projects.

Labs: All LEAP streams will have the opportunity to work in a McMaster lab. Science labs include biology and chemistry labs, where students will perform experiments that engineering students at McMaster would perform and have the opportunity to dissect and lean about the anatomy of various organisms. Students may also work in computer labs where the will code in various languages including python and Java, design 3D models using CAD software and use microcontrollers to design systems. Streams may also visit specific labs such as materials and engineering physics labs to perform experiments focused on that specific discipline. 


Biomedical Engineering
Some of today’s most fascinating innovations can be found at the intersection between engineering and health care. Explore the world of biomedical devices, as you learn about the medical condition De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, then imagine, design and present a mechanism to help sufferers continue to type without pain in their wrists and fingers. 

3D Printing
The ability to design and print custom objects has revolutionized industries ranging from manufacturing to medicine. Learn the basics of computer-aided design and drafting as you use AutoDesk Inventor software to design and 3D print your very own cookie cutter.  

Design Challenge 
Engineers are often tasked with finding the quickest and most efficient way to move people, vehicles or supplies from one point to another. Use your creativity and critical thinking to transport a marble under a set of constraints to a specific destination. By examining gravitational force properties and the momentum of moving objects, then adding a dose of inventiveness, a design can be formulated. May the best design win!




Experience McMaster’s world-class laboratories as you explore a range of scientific disciplines.

Faculty of Science

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

 Cabbage pH Scale
Hone your analytical skills and laboratory knowledge as you explore the properties of acids and bases, and the colour-changing abilities of pH indicators. Using a pigment taken from red cabbage called falvin, students will construct their own pH scale then investigate the contamination of unknown solutions to determine if they would be safe to use as a water source.  

I Lava Science 
The ability to alter the rate of a chemical reaction is fundamental to research. Explore how various conditions and factors influence rate of reactions during the creation of a lava lamp. 

The Way to Glow
Laboratory manipulation of DNA offers a promising future for everything from disease prevention to crop yield. Explore the ever-evolving world of genetics and hone your laboratory skills as you learn how scientists make genetic changes to alter the function of organisms. Using glow-in-the-dark bacteria, students will see their modifications to a bioluminescent gene come to life.


Explore McMaster’s one-of-a-kind program, which emphasizes the hands-on learning of engineering. Students complete projects in Automotive and Vehicle Technology, Biotechnology, or Process Automation.
Bachelor of Technology 

Summer 2019 Curriculum

Bacterial Outbreak
Develop your research and testing skills in the surroundings of a university lab as you react to a bacterial outbreak. Students will perform scientific analysis and hands-on laboratory tests to identify the shape and type of bacteria then test antibiotic sensitivity to recommend a treatment for the outbreak.

Conductive Paint 
Strengthen your knowledge of electrical theory as you build a conductive material out of glue and graphite. We will test conductivity by creating lines of different thickness, density and shape with the conductive paint. Students will learn how to use a multimeter to determine the resistance, or even make their own circuit.

Earth Powered Car:
Investigating the potential applications of sustainable power sources, students will be creating their own earth powered car. We will be using electrodes and soil, which acts as an electrolyte by enabling the flow of electrons, to create a battery. Students will explore how connecting battery cells can create sufficient power to power their designed car.


Covering two broad fields of engineering, this course introduces students to key engineering skills.

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Cool Technology
Have you ever wondered why your fridge is cold? How did a lack of cooling contribute to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster? From small household items to gigantic operations run by global companies, heat exchangers are a central component in most modern technology. Students will design different types of heat exchangers then compete to see who will win the contract to build a cooling system for the new LEAP steam-electric power plant.

Go With the Flow
Whether moving cooling fluid through a reactor, delivering water to your house or filling your cup with your favourite drink, pumps are designed to transport liquids quickly and efficiently. Chemical Engineering students will build their own pumps and test important criteria such as discharge pressure, flow rate and pump efficiency.

Polymer Processing
How are common household products such as plastic bags, window frames and pvc piping made? The field of polymer engineering focuses on the creation of new polymers, how they are processed, and the development of new plastic products. Design and 3D print your own polymer processing unit, a screw extrusion system, to learn more about how plastics are made and the considerations that go into designing simple products we use daily.

One important field of chemical engineering is the research and manufacturing of polymers. Plastics industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that supplies many of our everyday items. The polymers used can be split into two categories: thermoplastics and thermosets. At LEAP chemical engineers will study the properties of thermosets, how to improve them and how they work. 

Materials Sciende & Engineering :
All devices, from cellphones to supercomputers, would not function without the right materials.  Understanding & designing new materials is the key to innovation in all engineering fields.  It is equally important for developing musical instruments, colors and art works.  Join us as we explore this, less commonly discussed side of Materials Engineering. 

Materials & Musical Instruments
The beautiful tunes of a guitar or a piano depend on the material used to make the strings.  We’ll explore what materials are used for making various instruments and why piano wire is one of the strongest materials in the world.  Get ready to build your own instrument!

Materials & Color
Explore the interaction between materials and light at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy.  Observe how the colors of materials change as the particle size is reduced into the nano range.  Learn how materials are studied at multiple length scales down to the atomic scale.

Materials & Art
Create beautiful raku pottery while exploring how materials behave at high temperatures and extreme environments.    Explore how metals can be shaped into intricate designs by high temperature deformation.  Get ready to unleash your creative side!

Immerse yourself in the world of computer science and software engineering as you learn today’s most in-demand coding languages and software skills.
Computer Science 

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Ever wonder how Google Maps knows where you are? When you type in an address name, it is converted to GeoCode, a numerical value corresponding to longitude and latitude. Using Python, we can access the Google Maps application program interface library and create an encoding algorithm to translate address names to geographical coordinates. With extensive markup language, we can get cardinal directions with these values so we will never be lost again.

Artsy ASCII’s
Do you think you know what gray-scaling an image is? Develop a completely new understanding with Python and its Imagining Library. By using operated functions, we can determine the gray-scale value of every pixel in an image. Then, through a series of resizing, enhancement and list operations, we can assign a keyboard character to that specific pixel. By the end of the program, a masterpiece will be created! 

7-Up Segments
Digital clocks operate on a 7-Segment Display. Using the electronics platform Arduino, you will learn to code a set of operands performing digital logic to command a digital clock to do whatever you want. Write a message, design a funky pattern or make a mini timer, the choice is yours!

Augmented Reality 
How we see the world with our naked eye is limited to what is actually there. Here at LEAP we will distort reality with Merge Cubes. Using Merge cubes students will program there own reality and be able to see their world created through a virtual lens. There are no limitations to what the students can create. A solar system in the classroom? A DNA stream? 3D art forms? At LEAP you will get to decide what you create and the only limitation is your mind's imagination. 

 Machine Learning
Always wonder how robots will soon take over the world? Ever hear about Artificial Intelligence? Experience it first hand with this innovative machine learning project. By applying backpropagation algorithms and forming a neural network, we will create our own computer brain. By conducting patterning analysis, our Matlab program will be able to recognize the value of a series of handwritten digits!  




From robotics to circuits to microcontrollers, this stream has it all. Start with bread-boarding and work your way into more advanced technology.
Electrical Engineering

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Wireless Electronics
Last year’s release of the popular Nintendo Switch had the gaming world talking. Explore the fundamentals of wireless technology, as well as the software that makes Shift controllers operate as smoothly as they do. Students will be able to customize or create their own controller as part of this program.

Design and build your own retro game as you learn about different types of switches and how they send signals to microcontrollers. Along with developing an understanding of both hardware and software, you’ll have a chance to enjoy LEAP’s legendary retro Bop It game.

Build Your Own Controller
Think gaming controllers are too expensive? Ever wondered how its done? At LEAP students will get the chance to build and program their own PC gaming controllers. In doing this they will learn the core principles of computer and electrical engineering and also explore aspects of software engineering and how these two disciplines come together. This is knowledge students will be able to take home and implement with their own computer.

Speakers with a Water Feature
Explore the principles of sound, and how it is transmitted in electronics. After learning how speakers work, students will design and build one of their own. They will also have the opportunity to design a water feature to sync up to the beat of the music.



A series of interesting and well-designed experiments will solidify your understanding of the fundamental concepts of engineering physics. This stream is overseen by Dr. Ray LaPierre.

Engineering Physics:

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Electromagnetic Crane Design Challenge
Using the principles of electromagnetism, students will design and build an electromagnetic crane. Explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism as you compete in groups to build a crane capable of lifting the most weight.

Walkie Talkies
Explore the electromagnetic spectrum while creating your own walkie talkie. Using an Arduino Uno, students will gain a better understanding of radio waves and microcontrollers, while the hands-on task of soldering will improve their appreciation for electronics

Bladeless Fan
The innovative technology of the bladeless fan has captured the public imagination. Develop an appreciation for fluid flow as you learn how the technology works, then employ the engineering design process to build your own fan.

Nuclear Reactor Tour
McMaster University is home to many leading technologies and innovations. One of the these is our very own nuclear reactor. Students will have the opportunity to take a tour inside the reactor and learn about the cutting edge research that takes place there. We will explore the nuclear reactor in small groups with a tour geared towards the engineering physics applications of this type of technology. This is unique experience to learn about alternative energy generation and speak to undergraduate students working at the reactor.

Covering two broad fields of engineering, this course introduces students to key engineering principles of motion, design and structure.

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Building Connected Systems
Civil engineers design and build the crucial urban infrastructure features that make our cities work. Develop an understanding of city planning and civil engineering as you construct a system to transport water to households in your own tiny town. Learn about the function of water pumps, and explore renewable energy generation to create a green city.

Rube Goldberg Design Challenge
While we typically like to make things as simple as possible, a Rube Goldberg machine is a device that intentionally completes a simple task in the most complicated way imaginable. Put your imagination to the test to come up with extraordinary custom machines. Working in groups, students will design and build a machine to complete the task at hand, then combine their creations with those imagined by other groups to make the ultimate useless machine!

3D printed Bicycle Bell
Sometimes the simplest machines have very interesting internal mechanics. Using AutoCad Inventor software, we will design and 3D print our own gears to make a bicycle bell. Students will explore key mechanical engineering concepts, such as momentum and vibration, as well as addressing the need for moving parts to work in harmony with each other.


Some of today’s most fascinating innovations can be found at the intersection between engineering and health care.

Summer 2019 Curriculum 

Medical Equipment
When engineering design principles and technological advances are focused on solving health care challenges, great innovations can occur. Delve into the world of medical equipment as you explore the design process and build your own stethoscope from scratch.

Fingerprint Identification Technology
A widespread method of securing sensitive data, fingerprint scanners put the power to unlock information at the tip of your fingers. Explore how fingerprint scanners work and why they have become today’s go-to identification technology, as you use latex molding to copy your fingers and unlock your phone.

Going Viral
It’s estimated that more than 300,000 different viruses infect mammals. Viruses such as influenza, polio and rabies infect organisms by hijacking cells and using them to reproduce themselves. This program will explore the field of virology – the study of viruses – to learn what viruses are, how they work and what scientists can do with them. From finding new ways to prevent viral infections, to curing cancer, to even 3D printing our own viruses, the field of virology is one of today’s most interesting areas of research. 


Summer Dates & Fees

SessionDateSummer Program Fee Residence  (optional)*
 does not include meals
Session 1 *July 2- July 12, 2019$750.00$1,350.00
Session 2July 15- July 26, 2019$775.00$1,350.00
Session 3*July 29- August 9, 2019$750.00$1,350.00

*No classes on holiday Monday July 1 2019
*No classes on holiday Monday August 5 2019

* Residence does not include meals, all meals can be bought using cash, credit or bank cards - or can be made in the dorm

International Students

L.E.A.P. welcomes International Students to join our program! Please visit our International Students web page for international pricing and more information.

Registration Process

Admission to L.E.A.P. is based on an assessment of several application components:

  • Completed Online Registration
  • Academic Grade Transcript/ Report Card (to be faxed, scanned, emailed or mailed within two weeks of applying). This can be obtained from your school's guidance department. We will accept unofficial copies.
  • VISA/Mastercard payment MUST be complete upon online Registration
  • Obtain your most current grade transcript or report card to be sent within two weeks of applying.
    1. Upload it to your account on the ACTIVE website

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to the start of the registered session of camp. There is a $85 administration fee that will be applied. No Refunds due to unforeseen circumstances will be allotted, example - unexpected closure of the University. NO REFUNDS on Busing. Refunds to credit cards may take up to 60 days.


New bus locations in Stoney Creek!

Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville & Stoney Creek Bus Stops:

There will be no supervision provided at the bus stop. Your prompt arrival to pick up your children is appreciated. If you wish for your child to walk home from the bus stop, please provide a letter of permission with your registration. Please arrive ten minutes early





Mississauga Bus (1 stop): 
John Fraser Secondary School 
2665 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5M 5H6
$757:35 a.m.4:50 p.m.
Oakville Bus (1 stop): 
Glen Abby Recreation Centre
1415 Third Line, Oakville, ON L6M 3G2
*Pick-up is behind the rec centre, on the North side, by the tennis courts*
$757:50 a.m.4:40 p.m.
Burlington Bus. (2 stops): 
 Stop 1: Mainway Recreation Centre 
4015 Mainway (The corner of Mainway and Walkers Line)
$758:05 a.m.4:20 p.m.

Burlington Bus:
Stop 2: Burlington Central Library
2331 New St 
*Pick-up is in the library parking lot

$758:20 a.m.4:15 p.m.
NEW! Stoney Creek Bus (2 Stops):WEEK 2& 5 ONLY
Stop 1: St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School
1361 Barton St, Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 5L1
$758:00a.m.4:45 p.m.
NEW! Stoney Creek Bus: WEEK 2 & 5 ONLY
Stop 2: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School
298 Hamilton Regional Rd 8, Stoney Creek, ON, L8G 1E6
$758:15 a.m.4:30 p.m.



At LEAP Academy you have the option to stay in residence during your session. Get the full university experience and stay on McMaster's campus!

L.E.A.P. students will be accomodated in Mary E. Keyes which is 1 of 12 residences located on McMaster University's campus. This residence features apartment-style suites containing 4 individual bedrooms each, a common area and a kitchenette. L.E.A.P. students have the benefit of bein in close proximity to each other while still getting the privacy of a single bedroom.

Residence move in dates:

Session 1: Monday July 1st, 2019

Session 2: Sunday July 14th, 2019

Session 3: Sunday July 28th, 2019

Please arrive at the Mary E. Keyes residence between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on your specific check-in date.

The counsellors who will be staying in residence throughout the duration of L.E.A.P. will be on site to greet students as they arrive.

Students will check out by removing their belongings from their rooms before class on the final Friday of their L.E.A.P. session. These will be stored in an alternate locked room and can be picked up by the students upon dismissal from L.E.A.P. at 4 pm.

If a student is registered for multiple sessions, the check in date will be that of the earlier session and check out that of the later session.

Tour of Mary Keyes residence

All meal and snacks cost extra, all locations on campus accept cash, credit and debit 

Residence students will be able to experience fun activities planned in the evening and weekends with their instructors and fellow residence friends.  All extra-curricular activities are planned as a group and cost extra.


For students from around the world, LEAP Academy – the innovative Learning Enrichment Advancement Program – offers an inclusive introduction to Canadian university life. Working in McMaster’s world-class laboratory facilities and living on its beautiful campus, students will undertake hands-on engineering and science projects that prepare them for higher education. Experience the best that Canada has to offer in a safe, culturally-diverse mid-sized city only a short drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Please visit our international student's page for more information

High school Engagement

Junior Counsellors

Junior Counsellors

Junior Counsellors (or JCs) assist in the classroom at Venture camp. They use their leadership, organisation, enthusiasm and creativity to create an exciting learning environment for students!

Eng Overnight: Gr 11 Girls

Eng Overnight: Gr 11 Girls

Overnight conference for grade 11 girls!

In-School Workshops

In-School Workshops

McMaster Youth programs offer free travelling workshops to schools within the Greater Toronto /Hamilton area! Each workshop is developed using the Ministry of Education’s guidelines to ensure that it’s geared to what students are learning in school.

Scholarships for Girls

McMaster University is dedicated to inspiring young women to change our world by pursuing the field of engineering and is therefore constantly working to increase female enrolment. Through our Girls Clubs, and events like Go Eng Girl, Go CODE Girl and our Venture programming, our female faculty, undergraduate and graduate instructors aim to introduce girls to their potential. Our Instructors’ goal is to show you how collaborative and creative engineering can be and that we really can change the world, one girl at a time.

At L.E.A.P., our curriculum encourages the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through labs, lectures, projects and fun education-based activities. You will be given the opportunity to work in McMaster University labs and tour facilities that few people have seen before. You will learn about exciting career paths available to engineers and your time at L.E.A.P. will give you a much better idea of the importance of engineering in our society.

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by 12:00 p.m

Eligibility Requirements:

- First time LEAP Applicants only (this is for girls who have not recieved a LEAP scholarship in the past)

- Girls entering grades 9, 10 and 11 in September 2019, who have a keen interest in learning how things work, and how engineering and science affect everyday life.

Term of Scholarship: (Choose 1 session)

Session 1 (July 2- July 12, 2019* Holiday Monday on July 1st)

Session 2 ( July 15- July 26,  2019)

Session 3 (July 29- August 9, 2019 * Holiday Monday on August 5th)

Choose  one of the 101 streams:
Engineering 101
Science 101

Or one of the following streams:
B-Tech: Automation, Automobile and Biotechnology
Civil & Mechanical Engineering
Chemical & Materials
Engineering Physics & Mechatronics 

Value of Scholarship:

Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (L.E.A.P.) is offering a full scholarship

*Please Note: Only one scholarship per applicant will be awarded. 

To apply visit: Scholarships 

Engineering FAQs

Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in McMaster University earning its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities

Our focus on experiential, problem-based learning and our interdisciplinary approach to collaboration results in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas and greater optimism. This approach is helping us create a Brighter World. If you have any questions please contact us at or 905-525-9140 x27174.

Visit McMaster Engineering's Future students page for information on Admissions and interesting facts about McMaster!