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IGNITE Program

Grades 9-12

About the IGNITE Program

The IGNITE Program is for enthusiastic high school students who are interested in exploring the world of science and technology while developing essential skills of various types. The IGNITE Program contains generalized and specialized courses that either help students explore STEM topics to discover their interests, or focus on a specific subject matter to master a skill. Built to complement the Ontario Math, Science and Technology curriculum, IGNITE courses take in-class learning out into the real world in novel and innovative ways that bring topics to life!

In our increasingly technological world, it is anticipated that STEM skills will become relevant in almost every field! We are dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to be able to develop relevant skills in a positive learning environment. Whether you are looking to try something new in terms of your tech-related skills, or have a specific skill you’d like to master, check out the courses below to learn more about each and register.

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 17, 2021 (updated)
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    This program contains four courses: Tech Explore, Web Dev, Game Dev and Intro to CAD. Click on each course below to learn more and register!
  • Tech Explore
    Grades 9-12
    10 Weeks
    Web Dev
    Grades 9-12
    10 Weeks
    Game Dev
    Grades 9-12
    10 Weeks
    Intro to CAD
    Grades 9-12
    10 Weeks
What Others Say

8/10. I had a pretty good experience with the Intro to GameDev Program and the Mathstronauts team of teachers. I was able to learn a lot of things without having to over-stress, because the homework was achievable. I learnt a lot of new things about graphic design in softwares such as InkScape, Canva and Paletton. I also learnt about the Python programming language, and how to use it to code a game from the beginning. In general, the experience was very good.

- Game Dev Participant, Grade 10
St. Patrick High School (Toronto, ON)

10/10. I liked learning Python, as a person who has some experience with some other languages such as javascript and typescript I really enjoyed the class. I hope in the future there are some programs about web development and website development.

- Game Dev Participant, Grade 10
Grimsby Secondary School (Grimsby, ON)

9/10. My favourite part about participating in this program was the hands-on coding work. The instructor was nice and the volunteers were helpful whenever people had questions.

- Game Dev Participant, Grade 11
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Oakville, ON)


Who can sign up for an IGNITE Program course?
Anyone in grades 9 to 12 can sign up for an IGNITE course.

When does it take place?
Weekday evenings - click on each course above to find out when they take place!

How do I know which course to take?
Learners who do not have previous experience in coding, computer aided design (CAD) and graphic design are required to take the Tech Explore course, prior to taking any other IGNITE course.

Learners who already have experience in the given content areas (eg. from school or previous programs), the Tech Explore course is not required.

Please make a decision based on your previous experiences and comfort levels.

How do I sign up?
Click on the course of your choice above and then click Register. Complete the Registration process. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete!

What happens after I register?
You will receive an invitation to join the Google Classroom at the email address you provided. Open the email and click join! Inside the classroom you will find the weekly link to the sessions and the weekly schedule. More content will appear over time!

Is there a fee to register?
The cost of participating is $130.00 CAD for 10 weeks!

Where do the sessions take place?
Sessions take place on a platform called BlueJeans. All you have to do is download the program once (for free) and use the same link to join the session each week!

I’ve got questions, what do I do?
No problem, just email our team at and we are happy to help!


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