Our Programs

Our Programs


Based in the UVic Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, HighTechU is an innovative learning community for high-school-aged youth in British Columbia to make connections, build professional skills, and explore diverse education and career pathways related to technology.


HighTechU has gone Quantum

with our new sister initiative HighTechQ


Learn More About Each of Our Programs at the links Below
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β€œTeamwork will take you places you can't go by yourself.”


Cyber Space

Virtual Community Portal


New Content PUBLISHED

Twice a Week Every Month


Join a Community of Like-Minded Teens and Mentors from Across BC to Discover and Share Your Passion for Technology


Why Join Cyber Space?


We think it is important that you have the chance to connect with mentors, peers and opportunities, outside of scheduled program times, so we created Cyber Space to help build a sense community, providing members access to resources like:

  • Weekly Newsletter
  • News & Events Blog
  • Microsoft Team's Hub
  • Learning Resources Center

How does it work?


Join the Cyber Space Community and gain access to our Virtual Portal providing you with exclusive updates, news, resources and opportunities at HighTechU and beyond


Who Can Participate?

Students eligible to participate in HighTechU programs must satisfy all of the following criteria:

β˜‘οΈ Be a high-school student, or home-learner, in Grade 9-12 living & studying in British Columbia, Canada.

β˜‘οΈ Have an interest in learning through/about technology.

β˜‘οΈ Be committed to cultivating a positive, safe, & inclusive learning environment for everyone in accordance with our Core Values.

What is the Cost?

πŸ†“ Cyber Space is absolutely FREE! πŸ†“

Is it a Safe Space?

To support our work in building a positive, safe and inclusive community, in addition to the general eligibility criteria, Cyber Space members (and parents where applicable) must also complete the:

πŸ“ Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement

πŸ“ Community Hub User Agreement


How do I join Cyber Space?

Click the link below to download the Cyber Space Information Form and gain access to the Virtual Community Portal!


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Q&A Corner

Interactive Industry Interviews


New Interviews HOSTED

3rd Thursday of Every Month


Connect live with industry professionals from BC and beyond to learn about their journey into a technology career


Who do we interview?


We think it is important to showcase the incredible cross-section of careers that exist in the technology industry here in BC and beyond, so you might hear from professions like:

  • Hiring Managers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Software Engineers
  • University Professors
  • Graduate Students
  • Data Scientists

We have interviewed professionals from


How does it work?


Industry professionals join us live on Twitch for one-hour giving you the chance to ask your burning questions, either in real-time via chat or through an anonymous form.


Who Can Participate?

While Q&A Corner is designed for BC High School students...

❀️ Everyone is Welcome ❀️

When do Interviews happen?

Interviews are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month, with some exceptions based on availability of mentors.

Past interviews can be watched on the HighTechU Youtube Channel.

What is the Cost?

πŸ†“ Q&A Corner is absolutely FREE! πŸ†“

Where can I participate in interviews?

Interviews take place live on the HighTechU Twitch.TV Channel.

What are the Upcoming Interviews?

Check out the calendar for interviewee bios and interview links


Explore Cyber Space

Become a Member of our Virtual Community for FREE today!


Past Q&A Corner Interviews


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Tech Bites

Bite-Sized Tech Talks for Teens


New Episodes RELEASED

1st Tuesday of Every Month


Check out these short tech talks, tips and tutorials for teens covering cool and interesting technology topics


What topics do you discuss?


Tech Bites are as diverse as the field of technology itself, allowing you to discover cool tech topics and tools you might want to explore like:

  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Virtual Team Collaboration
  • Cyber Security
  • Circuit Design
  • Software Development

How does it work?


Featuring a rotating cast of presenters and guests, Tech Bites webisodes are a fun way for YOU to explore interesting tech topics in less time then it takes to finish a cup of coffee*.

* Legacy Episodes released prior to November 2020 might take a few cups of coffee πŸ˜‰


Who Can Watch?

While Tech Bites are designed for BC High School students...

❀️ Everyone is Welcome ❀️

When are Tech Bites released?

Tech Bites are released on the first Tuesday of every month, with some exceptions based on holidays and special events.

What is the Cost?

πŸ†“ Tech Bites are absolutely FREE! πŸ†“

Where can I watch Tech Bites Episodes?

All episodes can be found on the HighTechU YouTube Channel.

What are the Upcoming Episodes?

Check out the calendar for Episode teasers and information.


Explore Cyber Space

Become a Member of our Virtual Community for FREE today!


Past Tech Bites Episodes


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Skill Studio

Solving Future Challenges One Tutorial at a Time


NEW SKILLS INTRODUCED

2nd Wednesday of Every Month


Learn new professional and technical skills that will help prepare you for future challenges in education, employment and beyond


What kind of skills are covered?


Skill Studio is a hands-on opportunity for you to gain practical skills without making a long-term commitment. Through these 2 hour drop-in sessions you will have the chance to learn and practice skills like :

  • Interview Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Design Skills
  • Programming Skills
  • Software Usage Skills


How does it work?


Guided by University Mentors, and supported by Industry Experts, you'll join us on Zoom to build professional and technical skills through hands-on tutorials.


Who Can Participate?

Students eligible to participate in HighTechU programs must satisfy all of the following criteria:

β˜‘οΈ Be a high-school student, or home-learner, in Grade 9-12 living & studying in British Columbia, Canada.

β˜‘οΈ Have an interest in learning through/about technology.

β˜‘οΈ Be committed to cultivating a positive, safe, & inclusive learning environment for everyone in accordance with our Core Values.

What is the Cost?

πŸ†“ πŸ‚ Skill Studio is FREE for November 2020 πŸ‚ πŸ†“

Skill Studio tutorials are priced at:

  • $10 per tutorial

Financial Support is available through the Skills Scholars Program.

SAVE UP TO $100.00

By Purchasing a $250 Season Skills Pass, which is valid for up to 10 Skills Studio Tutorials and 5 Skills Lab Workshops

Details available soon

When do Tutorials take Place?

Skill Studio Tutorials take place on the second Wednesday of every month.

Tutorials take place from 6:00-8:00pm (PT) on select Wednesday's, but sessions are drop-in so arrive and leave whenever you like!

Where do Tutorials happen?

Due to current restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Studio Session tutorials will be virtual, hosted in real-time on Zoom and using a collection of digital tools.

How do I Register to attend?


Register for each of the Skill Studio tutorials through the link found on the calendar event listing.

Prior to attending the program, all participants must have completed a Participant Information Form. Only one form is required per season.

Upcoming Skills Studio Tutorials


Financial Support is available through the HighTechU Skills Scholars Program


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Skills Lab

Experiment with Innovation


NEW EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED

Last Saturday Every Other Month


Explore new and emerging technology topics and develop skills through hands-on challenges that will help prepare your for the future


What do you mean by "experiment"?


By Experiment, we mean "to try something in order to discover what it is like or find out more about it". In the Skills Lab we help you to do this through 1-2 day hands-on workshops, led by Mentors and Experts from the HighTechU Community, where you can explore existing and emerging technology related topics and problems like:

  • Web Development
  • Data Analytics
  • Quantum Computing

How does it work?


Guided by University Mentors, and supported by Industry Experts, you'll join us on Zoom to explore innovative technology topics through skills-based, hands-on activities and challenges.


Who Can Participate?

Students eligible to participate in HighTechU programs must satisfy all of the following criteria:

β˜‘οΈ Be a high-school student, or home-learner, in Grade 9-12 living & studying in British Columbia, Canada.

β˜‘οΈ Have an interest in learning through/about technology.

β˜‘οΈ Be committed to cultivating a positive, safe, & inclusive learning environment for everyone in accordance with our Core Values.

What is the Cost?

πŸ†“ πŸ‚ Skills Lab is FREE for November 2020 πŸ‚ πŸ†“

Skills Lab Workshops are priced at:

  • $50 or $100* per Workshop

*Depending on whether 1 or 2 days

Financial Support is available through the Skills Scholars Program.

SAVE UP TO $100.00

By Purchasing a $250 Season Skills Pass, which is valid for up to 10 Skills Studio Tutorials and 5 Skills Lab Workshops

Details available soon

When do Workshops take Place?

Skills Lab Workshops take place on the last weekend every other month.

Workshops run on either Saturday OR Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm (PT) each day.

Where do Workshops happen?

Due to current restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Skills Lab Workshops will be virtual, hosted in real-time on Zoom and using a collection of digital tools.

How do I Register to attend?


Register for each of the Skill Lab Workshops through the link found on the calendar event listing.

Prior to attending the program, all participants must have completed a Participant Information Form. Only one form is required per season.

Upcoming Skills Lab Workshops


Financial Support is available through the HighTechU Skills Scholars Program


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Skills Academy

Innovation through Collaboration


NEW CHALLENGES PRESENTED

Summer 2021


Use your professional and technical skills to begin building a professional portfolio, using technology and teamwork to solve real-world challenges


What Skills will Alumni develop?


Skills developed in each Academy cohort are focused on a specific technology area and a unique problem theme. All cohorts also address key emerging skills as identified in the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs 2020 report, including:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-management
  • Working with people
  • Management and communication of activities

How does it work?


Guided by a University Mentor, and supported by Industry Experts, YOU and a team of 3 other students will spend a week designing and implementing a technology-based solution to a new or emerging real-world challenge.


Who Can Participate?

Students eligible to participate in HighTechU programs must satisfy all of the following criteria:

β˜‘οΈ Be a high-school student, or home-learner, in Grade 9-12 living & studying in British Columbia, Canada.

β˜‘οΈ Have an interest in learning through/about technology.

β˜‘οΈ Be committed to cultivating a positive, safe, & inclusive learning environment for everyone in accordance with our Core Values.

What is the Cost?

Tuition for the 2021 Skills Academy is $400.00 (CAD) which includes:

  • Digital Badge & Certificate of Completion
  • Publication of Project to Academy Portfolio
  • Eligibility for Ambassador Program
  • Priority Access to Future Internship Opportunities
  • Free Skills Pass for the Upcoming Season (Valued at $350.00)
  • Access to Exclusive Alumni Community Channel
  • Limited Edition Alumni T-Shirt & HighTechU SWAG

Financial Support is available through the Skills Scholars Program.

When do Cohorts take Place?

Cohorts for the 2021 Skills Academy will take place in July & August.

Each cohort lasts for 1-week, running Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm (PT), during the follow periods:

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July 12-16

2️⃣

July 19-23

3️⃣

August 9-13

4️⃣

August 16-20

Where do Cohorts take place?

Due to current restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Academy cohorts will be virtual, hosted in real-time on Zoom and using a collection of digital tools.

How many students are accepted?

The application process is competitive with each cohort accepting only 16 students from across the province of BC.

How do I Apply?


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Applications for the 2021 Skills Academy Program will open March 1 and close April 30.

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After submitting an application, selected candidates will be invited to attend a Group Interview scheduled for May 15.

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Successful candidates* will be invited to participate in 1 of the 4 Academy Cohorts.

*While we are unable to accept all candidates, we strongly encourage anyone with interest to apply as we want to determine whether additional cohorts should be offered in future seasons.

Important Upcoming Dates


Financial Support is available through the HighTechU Skills Scholars Program


Skills Academy Project Favourites



Frequently Asked Questions


What are the themes for each Academy cohort?

Themes for Summer 2021 will be announced prior to applications opening in March; however, previous themes include:

  • Social Networks
  • Emerging Global Health and Environmental Issues
  • Technology-based solutions to challenges facing Youth in BC
What are the focus areas for the Academy?

Focus areas correspond with programs offered in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Victoria, specifically:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
What technical "hard" skills will I learn?

While specific technical skills differ depending on the theme and focus area of the cohort, all Academy activities center around the 3 technology-related skills highlighted in the in the WEF 2020 report:

  • Technology design and programming,
  • Technology use, monitoring and control,
  • Troubleshooting and user experience

The following are examples of technical "hard" skills which have been covered in previous cohorts of the Academy

  • User Interface Design
  • Computer Assisted Design
  • Agile Project Management
  • Web Application Development
  • Circuit Design
  • Version Control Systems
What professional "soft" skills will I learn?

While themes and focus areas differ depending on cohort, all Academy activities center around the top "soft" skills highlighted in the WEF 2020 report:

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Creativity, originality and initiative
  • Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Service orientation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
  • Quality control and safety awareness

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