Civil and Environmental Engineering - Grades 10 to 12

Civil engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines! They design the transport systems to keep big cities on the move. They create easy-to-build schools so children in faraway places have somewhere to learn. They use the sun and wind's energy to make electricity for our homes. Civil engineering deals with the planning, designing, constructing and maintaining a sustainable infrastructure. In this stream students will focus on how civil engineers innovate to create green structures, cities, and water resource management!

McMaster Civil Engineering


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New Curriculum:

Sustainable Farming

Current farm designs are very wasteful of water due to the effects of evaporation and over watering. Vertical farms were created to waste less water and take up far less room in a city since the farm would be built upwards rather than horizontally, making for a more efficient design. Students will get the chance to design their own vertical farm system that through the course of the week will water and grow a series of crops on a small scale.

Bridging the Gap

Bridges were created to facilitate movement across a gap where it was otherwise not possible or very difficult. The problem was that if bridges were built across a body of water like a river, they would block the passage for boats. Vertical-lift bridges were designed to lift and create a passage for these vessels to pass under them while still allowing for flow of traffic on them when they aren’t raised up. With the use of a counter balance system, students will get a chance to create their very own functional vertical lift-bridge.

Dam that Water!

Clean energy is such an important topic when we look at all of the pollution being created currently due to unsustainably power generation. A powerful source of renewable energy is hydroelectricity. Dams are large producers of hydroelectricity due to the volume of water they can have pass by the turbines to generate electricity. Students will get a chance to create a concrete dam on a smaller scale. Tubes can be set into the concrete so that it allows for flow of water through the dam. The tubes can be pathed in such a way that the water is directed to a chamber containing a turbine connected to a generator that will be spun by the rushing water to create hydroelectricity!

And much much more!