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Engineering I CONNECT

Engineering 1 students are invited to get connected during this optional and FREE 5-day workshop series between August 23rd to August 27th. This series includes everything from MATLAB, Python, CAD, networking opportunities, a designathon, and more!

 

What is ENG1 CONNECT?

Eng1 CONNECT is an optional 5-day workshop series available to all students entering their first year of the Engineering I program. Sessions include programming fundamentals, an upper-year student panel, a meet the department panel, our first-ever designathon, and more! If you're an incoming Engineering I student, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction to various programming languages and 3D design software, while also learning leadership and interpersonal skills. You will also have the chance to participate in networking opportunities where you can connect with new and upper-year engineering students.

Workshop Schedule

The morning session of this day, from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, will introduce you to faculty and upper-year students. Get all of your burning questions about McMaster, the Engineering department, and even campus life answered by instructors and students who were once in your position! 

The afternoon session, from approximately 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST, will consist of a Python workshop that covers intro to programming and other basic coding concepts that you will use in first year. Get a chance to work through intriguing workshop problems with the help of live mentors! 

This day consists of identical morning and afternoon sessions. Choose a convenient time for you to come and learn about the basics of MATLAB and apply this knowledge to workshop problems with live help from mentors!

The morning session runs from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST and the afternoon session runs from approximately 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST.

This day consists of identical morning and afternoon sessions. Choose a convenient time for you to come and learn about the basics of CAD and how to use 2D and 3D tools to create designs. Work through examples with the help of live mentors to create a McMaster Engineering souvenir!

The morning session runs from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST and the afternoon session runs from approximately 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST.

Meet and work with students in your program and learn about various design thinking principles through our first-ever designathon!

This day consists of a morning session, approximately from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, introducing the key concepts of design and prototyping. You will form groups and get an introduction to the designathon topics.

The afternoon session, running from approximately 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST, will be a work period for you and your team to start tackling a unique engineering design problem. Mentors will be available for help!

Continue working on your design problem in the morning session from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, ending with team presentations! Join us from approximately 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST for a fun-filled afternoon of games with mentors and other students! This is a great opportunity to meet other students in your program and start building friendships!

Stay for the end of the CONNECT week where prizes will be given to the top-scoring teams of the designathon!

Important Notes

  • This workshop series is freeoptional, and has no impact on your grades.

  • Day 1 consists of two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Content is not the same for both sessions.

  • There is a morning and afternoon session offered for days 2-3. Content is exactly the same for both sessions.

  • Day 5 is a continuation of Day 4. Students wishing to participate in the designathon will need to attend both days.

  • Students may register for as many workshops as they like; they are not required to register for all sessions.

  • This workshop is only available to enrolled Engineering I students.

  • Hardware and software requirements to be provided closer to the workshop dates

  • CONNECT is an optional workshop series hosted by the EMBER program. You must have signed up through the EMBER registration portal.