Discover your abilities in Engineering through hands-on Workshops, Keynote presentations from female industry professionals, and industry-sponsored Engineering Design Challenges – exclusively for young women in high school.

What is WEST?

WEST is comprised of many types of events, workshops, and programs. When you join WEST, you have access to join any of the programs offered. You can choose to do one, all, none, or anything in-between!

Some examples of programs that will be offered in 2022 include:

  • Explore Engineering Event: a one-day event held at UVic with keynote speakers and a chance to connect with companies.
  • Peer Mentorship Program: connecting WEST students with a female UVic student mentor.
  • Engineering Design Challenge: industry-sponsored team design challenge with regular meet-ups over a few months.

In addition to offering learning-enhancement programs, WEST also aims to create a space for young women interested in Engineering to meet other like-minded students and female industry members.

Who can participate?

The HighTechU WEST program is exclusively for girls. In addition, students eligible to participate in HighTechU programs must satisfy all of the following criteria:

☑️ Be a high-school student, or home-learner, in Grade 9-12 living & studying in British Columbia, Canada.

☑️ Have an interest in learning through/about technology.

☑️ Be committed to cultivating a positive, safe, & inclusive learning environment for everyone in accordance with our Core Values & Code of Conduct.

How do I apply?

To apply, please contact and we will get back to you ASAP!

How much does it cost?

While there may or may not be a fee for individual programs offered within WEST, there is no fee to join or be a member!

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