Leaders in Engineering Design (LED)

Presented by the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with Science Venture, Leaders in Engineering Design (LED) is an innovative learning experience for high school students who are curious to explore the many disciplines of Engineering.

LED High School Summer Institute 2021

Are you passionate about developing solutions that help others? Do you want to apply engineering principles to healthcare?

Open to students entering Gr. 9-12 in the Fall of 2021.

  • Gr. 9/10 programs run July 26-30th and August 16-20th
  • Gr. 11/12 programs run July 19-23rd and August 9-13th

The Leaders in Engineering Design (LED) Summer Institute will take place at the University of Victoria. The summer 2021 themes are: Biomedical Engineering & Smart Cities. The week long program, M-F (9:30 am to 3:30 pm), will have several components including:

  • Hands-on Lab Experience – led by Engineering graduates in UVic labs. All participants will receive a lab safety training session. (Perfect for your resume!)
  • Research Lab Tours – meet leading UVic Biomedical Researchers and their grad students. Learn about current research including tissue engineering, 3D printing tissues, smart bandages, and prosthetics. (Willerth Lab, LiME Lab, Victoria Hand Project)
  • UVic Student Connections – meet undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Engineering. Learn about their pathways for choosing Engineering and what they are currently studying.

How do I apply to take part in LED?

Complete a secure online application which has 3 main sections:

  1. Contact Information (name, school, grade, etc)
  2. Statement of Interest
    Using your preferred communication style – show us why you are the right fit for the LED Summer Institute. Be as creative as you like! Video, audio, artwork, a poem – the format is up to you, but be sure to show/tell us about:
    • Yourself and your interest in science, engineering, and leadership
    • Why you want to attend the LED Summer Institute
    • What you can contribute to the program
  3. Teacher Reference
    When asking a teacher for a reference, choose somebody that knows you well and can comment on all your strengths. This might be a math or science teacher, but it could be a teacher from another subject too. Please provide your reference with the following link: https://events.eply.com/LEDApplication20213362202
    If you are unable to get a teacher reference, please contact for an alternate submission option.

Open to high school students entering grade 10-12 in the Fall

What is the cost of the LED Summer Institute

Once accepted into the program, the program fee of $275 must be paid to secure the spot. Bursaries will be provided for youth who may be facing financial barriers or who are underrepresented in the field of engineering (Indigenous and Women). Students who attend the summer institute and have been accepted to Science Venture’s 2019 JC Program will be provided a $100 discount.

What are the application deadlines?

Round 1 Applications

  • Application deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Application results: May 31, 2021

Round 2 Applications

  • Application deadline: June 15, 2021
  • Application results: June 25, 2021

How will I know if I have been accepted into the LED Summer Institute?

All applicants will receive an email from led@engr.uvic.ca. Due to limited spots, not all applicants may be successful.