Welcome to Bridge2ENGG

Your success is our top priority.  With this in mind, the Faculty of Engineering is excited to offer Bridge2ENGG (B2E), a first year preparation program designed to give you the tools you need to feel comfortable and confident in starting your university education.

B2E aims to build excitement about Engineering, ensure you feel confident as a new student in the university, and maybe most importantly get you connected to fellow students, professors, and mentors within the engineering community.  The program is offered virtually, during the summer, and provides three different levels of engagement that vary in cost, content and delivery mode (on demand vs. live instruction).  

What does B2E programming look like?  It may be accessing student created videos that introduce university terminology or wellness resources.  Or maybe it’s going through review modules on Chemistry, Coding, Physics or Calculus to ensure you are better prepared for these courses at the university level.  Or it could even be participating in three weeks of live virtual instruction doing team based experiments at home, working alongside senior students in the faculty.  With different program options available, you can tailor your engagement to meet your specific needs.

 

 

 

Bridge2Engg Programming

Level 1: Foundations is your all-in-one guide to first-year Engineering, providing you with the right tools and right resources to give you a head start before you begin classes in September. We’ll cover everything from a rundown of your first-year schedule and downloading software, to loading money onto your OneCard and paying tuition. Scattered between these practical tips for success will be resources to help you develop skills in self-care, getting involved within your engineering community, and asking for help. 

Level 1: Foundations is available for free to all first-year engineering students, and can be accessed through eClass beginning (TBA). Registration for this program is not required.  All students will be automatically registered after they confirm their acceptance into the Faculty of Engineering, and notified of how to access the resources.

This program is not for credit.  


Cost: Free
Available Starting: (TBA)
Delivery Method: Virtual & On-Demand

Level 2: Academic Essentials is your one-stop shop for reviewing the most important topics from high school to make sure you’re academically prepared for classes in September. Comprised of four streams: Calculus Essentials, Physics Essentials, Chemistry Essentials and Coding Essentials, this series of videos, notes, examples, and solution packages will provide you with tools and resources that can be completed at your own pace, virtually, and when it’s convenient for you. Please note that Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry Essentials will provide academic review, while Coding Essentials is designed for students with very little to no programming experience.

Whether you’re someone who has taken some time off before returning to school, or someone just looking to refresh their skills in the summer, this program will help ensure you review the high school content that directly connects to required first year Engineering courses (MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 102, CHEM 103, CHEM 105, PHYS 130, ENGG 130, EN PH 131, and ENCMP 100). 

Please note that Level 2: Academic Essentials does not replicate first year Engineering at Alberta courses; but instead provides background knowledge and review.  

This program is not for credit.


Cost: $75 for access to all four streams
Available Starting: (TBA)
Delivery Method: Virtual & On-Demand

Level 3: ENGG Camp is your opportunity to bring it all together. This 3-week virtual program in August will tie in the academic skills with the soft skills, and have you working in teams to write reports, prepare presentations, and make prototypes in response to complex engineering challenges.  This is a great chance to engage further in Engineering concepts; expand your own curiosities and ideas of what it means to be an engineer, and meet other soon-to-be first-year Engineering students just like you.  Each week will include a variety of different sessions:

  • Engineering Challenges: Teams will be presented with a worldly problem that requires the application of high school calculus and physics to propose solutions to real engineering challenges. Students will work together with mentorship from senior engineering students and academic staff to complete research, data analysis, and prototyping, before presenting their solutions at the end of the week.

  • Skills Sessions: Students will be required to use a variety of different software within their engineering degree. Through ENGG Camp, students will have an opportunity to refine old skills and develop news ones in: 
    • Report Writing in Word
    • Presentations in PowerPoint
    • Data Analysis in Excel
    • Coding in Python
    • Referencing & Citations
  • Wellness Sessions: The University of Alberta is home to a wide variety of helpful programs and resources to support you as a student.  ENGG Camp Wellness sessions are designed to connect you with the offices, people and processes that can help you throughout your university degree. There will be opportunities to meet your professors and key engineering support staff before fall classes begin; develop important academic habits and skills like time management, effective note-taking, goal setting, and self-care techniques; and have your questions answered about academics, mental health through advice from senior students who recently experienced the transition from high school into university.

  • Guest Speaker Sessions: ENGG Camp will bring together professionals in the engineering world to give you your first bit of experience networking. As well as see the vast spectrum of work engineers do, what it’s like to work in the engineering profession, and how to prepare yourself to start your career when you graduate.


Please note that fees for Level 3: ENGG Camp automatically register and give you access to Level 2: Academic Essentials. 

Cost: $375
Timing: (TBA)
Delivery Method: Daily Live Virtual Instruction

 

FAQs

Where will I be able to access Bridge2ENGG after I register?
B2E programming can be accessed through eClass, the centrally supported learning management system used at the University of Alberta to deliver all courses. You will receive information on setting up your eClass account in June.
Can I still sign up for the program, even if programming has already begun?

Yes, the foundations and essentials streams are asynchronous and can be accessed at any time. 

The full live program will be recorded each day. You can catch up on missed material if you wish, but keep in mind that there are certain elements like group work and panel discussions that you may miss as these will not be recorded.

Can I participate in Bridge2ENGG if I will be completing my first year at a designated Engineering Transfer Program College?
Yes, but please email us at b2e.info@ualberta.ca if you will be completing your first year at a designated Engineering Transfer Program College to discuss what B2E Level is right for you.
How long will I have access to the resources available through Level 2: Academic Essentials?

You will continue to have access until you complete your first year of Engineering at Alberta.

Will Level 2: Academic Essentials match the difficulty level of first-year engineering?

No. Academic Essentials is meant for review of high school concepts only (Calculus, Physics, Chemistry). The Coding Essentials Stream provides only a basic introduction to coding. Academic Essentials provides baseline knowledge only.

Does registration in ENGG Camp automatically give me access to Level 1: Foundations and Level 2: Academic Essentials?

Yes, the course fees for ENGG Camp include fees for Level 1: Foundations and Level 2: Academic Essentials. 

When will ENGG Camp take place?
ENGG Camp typically runs in early August, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT, daily from Monday to Friday. Exact scheduling for activities will become available closer to the start day.
I may need to be absent for one or more days of ENGG Camp. Is this okay?

Yes. In the case that you are absent for programming and wish to review missed content, recordings will be made available where possible.

Tutorials and lectures will be recorded where compliance with FOIP is possible. Keep in mind though that about 60% of the course will be group work and these group work sessions will not be recorded. 

What format will the ENGG Camp take?

All programming will be offered virtually through Zoom and/or Google Meets.This means you can participate from wherever you are located without a need to relocate to Edmonton early.

There may be opportunity for some in-person events on campus, but this will be optional, and depend heavily on COVID-19 restrictions at the time. Similar events will be offered virtually for those unable to attend in person.

Is financial assistance available to participate in one or more levels of this program?

Yes, the program does have a small amount of funding available to support those who have financial barriers to participation. This funding is dynamic to a student's specific financial need, and the level of programming they are interested in. A confidential process for accessing these funds is completed directly with B2E Program Lead Tyson Lazaruk.

For those who have questions or would like to speak more about financial assistance, please contact Tyson directly at tysonlazaruk@ualberta.ca. Alternatively, you may indicate financial need while registering for the program and Tyson will connect with you directly.

This is what students are saying about Bridge2ENGG!

 

“My favourite part of B2E was being in a positive and supportive environment where we debated over serious questions like whether a hotdog is a sandwich or not.” – Priya, Edmonton

"My favorite part of B2E was definitely getting a little sneak peak into what Engineering at the UofA is going to be like and meeting some other new people." – Yuki, Yellowknife 

"I found that B2E really helped me get to know people but also realize that these people have the same worries and concerns that I do. So it just kind of gave me more confidence; everyone is in the same boat and everyone just wants to make friends." – Alexa, Lethbridge

"The dynamic of the lecture, everyone’s just super chill all the time and open to questions and participation and jokes in the chat, both the participants and the instructors. That was really fun and that made me a lot less anxious for going into university." – Nyah, Edmonton

"I’m really glad I got to meet a lot of people going into the same program as me, and also that we weren’t just doing content, but also these real world applications and problem solving, I thought that was really fun." – Maia, Edmonton

"The experience gave me an idea of what’s expected of me at university so that was good for me going in. It was also good to see that everyone was going through this transition as well. And I also liked the real world application of the content." – Joel, Fort Erie

B2E Free

Available to all students who have applied to Engineering at Alberta, regardless of application status. 

Students who register in the B2E Free program get access to a university preparatory toolkit, a virtual space containing resources, activities, and media to help ensure a smooth transition from high school to university. In B2E Free, students will find Engineering at Alberta podcasts and recorded video, virtual tours, resources to become familiar with university, time management and study skills, career planning exercises, and so much more—all asynchronously (at your own pace!)

Available from mid-July.

This program is not for university credit.

B2E Partial Streams

Available to all students who have applied to Engineering at Alberta, regardless of application status.

The B2E partial streams introduce you to university life and coursework at a pace that works best for you! Available from mid-June through August, all B2E Partial Stream material will be delivered asynchronously—meaning the wealth of materials you have access to will be yours to work through at whatever pace you’d like. The types of modules and materials you will be given access to depend on what you feel would benefit you most.

This program is not for university credit.

 

Pre-U ($25)

Pre-U focuses on the transition to university. This stream integrates the development of personal and professional skills foundational to success in an intensive engineering undergraduate program into the core courses. You’ll be given the tools to explore time management, note-taking, and study skills, with a focus on mental health and wellness and self-care. You’ll explore typical software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, basic programming, video creation software.

Available from mid-July.

 

Calculus Essentials ($50)

Introduction to the fundamentals of calculus required for engineering programs. The key focus is preparing you for MATH 100 or similar courses in other programs, and skills for engineering programs.

Available from July.

 

Physics Essentials ($50)

Introduction to the fundamentals of physics required for engineering programs. The key focus is on preparing you for ENGG 130, PHYS 130, EN PH 131, or similar courses in other programs, and skills for engineering programs.

Available from July.

B2E Full ($300)

Available to those students who have been admitted to the Engineering at Alberta first-year program. Space is limited. Early-bird registration is now open and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait-listed applicants will be contacted if space becomes available.

In an effort to reduce any undue stress this summer due to the current COVID-19 situation, the B2E full program, normally offered for $1,300, is being offered at a discounted rate of $300.

Think of the B2E Full Program as your all-access pass to first-year engineering and university life. In addition to the full suite of B2E partial stream classes, you’ll have access to a virtual 4-week synchronous (real-time) course to better prepare you for university.

In this virtual setting, you will:

  • Build on your understanding of high school math, physics and calculus—and become familiar with key concepts taught in courses like Math 100, 101, Physics 130, and Engineering Physics 131 through demonstrations, tutorials, and lectures.
  • Meet your professors, fellow students, and key engineering support staff before fall classes begin.
  • Work in teams with fellow students, as you’re guided through some of the most important curricular and co-curricular skills for success in your first-year program.
  • Develop important academic habits and skills like time management, effective note-taking, goal setting, and self-care techniques.
  • Explore the vast spectrum of work engineers do, what it’s like to work in the engineering profession, and how to prepare yourself to start your career when you graduate

When you’ve completed the B2E Full Program, you’ll have new skills and confidence that will help you transition to university this fall.

Programming will begin July 27 and will run until August 21 during weekdays from 9:00am-4:00pm MDT (with a 1hr lunch break).

This program is not for university credit.