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Engineering 1, Comp-Sci and B-Tech students are invited to get connected during this optional and FREE 4-day workshop series from August 22nd to August 25th. This series includes everything from MATLAB, Python, CAD, networking opportunities, a designathon, and more!

Please fill out the form to register for the Eng I, Btech and Compsci Ember Connect

To register for iBioMed Connect please visit the iBioMed Connect Page. 




EMBER CONNECT is an optional 4-day workshop series available to all students entering their first year of the Engineering I, Comp-Sci and B-Tech program. Sessions include programming fundamentals, an upper-year student panel, a meet the department panel, a designathon, and more! If you're an incoming Engineering I, Comp-Sci or B-Tech 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 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST, will introduce you to faculty and upper-year students. Students will be split up based on their program (Eng 1, Comp-sci and B-tech). Get all of your burning questions about McMaster, your program, and even campus life answered by instructors and students who were once in your position! This event will be taking place in JHE 264.


The afternoon session, from approximately 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST, will consist of a campus tour followed by a scavenger hunt with prizes. Come out and familiarize yourself with the campus and win a prize!

The morning session runs from approximately 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST. 

Get study tips, explore different note-taking styles and learn about university life during the Soft Skills Workshop that runs from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST. This workshop will be taking place in JHE 264.

Want to experience what it is like taking an exam at university? Come to our Mock Test workshop from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST and take a mock test that covers content from high school math, chemistry and physics. This workshop will be taking place in LRW B1007.


The afternoon session runs from approximately 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST.

Learn about the basics of MATLAB and apply this knowledge to workshop problems with help from mentors! The MATLAB Workshop runs from 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST. This workshop will be taking place in PGCLL M21.

The Microsoft Workshop runs from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST. Come to this session to familiarize yourself with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word! This workshop will be taking place in PGCLL M21.

Explore the world of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) as this workshop offers an introduction to converting from 2D sketches to 3D models, combining multiple 3D parts into assembly models and finally giving students the chance to design their own Lego figure accessories with winning teams having them 3D printed.

This workshop will be running from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST and will be taking place in PGCLL M21.

The afternoon session will run from approximately 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST.

Come and experience coding using Jupyter Notebook during our Python Workshop from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST. Enjoy a fun afternoon coding with friends and peers! This workshop will be taking place in PGCLL M21.

The Raspberry Pi Workshop will run from 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM EST. Learn about the functions of the raspberry pi and breadboards. Explore the practical application of coding using circuits and sensors! This workshop will be taking place in ETB 125 and ABB C103.

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

This is a full-day event consisting of a morning session and an afternoon session, approximately from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST, introducing the key concepts of design and prototyping. You will form groups and get an introduction to the designathon topics. There will be a work period for you and your team to start tackling a unique engineering design problem. Mentors will be available for help! This event will be taking place in PGCLL M21.

There are many questions that students might have about tech requirements for EMBER and in engineering, comp-sci or B-tech. Here we will go over recommended laptop requirements, operating systems and installation guides for required softwares.

Memory Requirements: The mininum RAM required is 8GB however, 16 GB is recommended. The minimum Hard Drive required is 256 GB however, 512 GB is recommended.

Operating System: Windows is the recommeneded operating system as some softwares are NOT compatible with MacOS. While during lab times, students using MacOS will have access via virtual machine, outside of lab time, access is not guarenteed.

What Programs Should be Installed for EMBER?

MATLAB Workshop: System Requirements for MATLAB

CAD Workshop: System Requirements for Autodesk Inventor 

Python Workshop: System Requirements for Anaconda

Office 365: Install Office 365 to gain access to Microsoft Apps

More information on instructions to install these softwares will be available in the near future, stay on the lookout!

Important Notes

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

  • Day 4 is a full-day event. Students will be asked to stay on campus for the entire day.

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

  • Workshops are only available to enrolled Engineering I students.

  • Lunches will not be provided to students. It is suggested that you pack your own or purchase one on campus.

  • 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.

  • Comp-sci students attending CONNECT on Monday August 22nd, laptops should be brought by each student.