STEAM Design Program


MSB spring 2023

About the STEAM Design Program

Building the skills to solve present/future healthcare system issues.
Students performing lab activity.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Design Program is an experiential learning program with an equity focus, as it is designed for grades 10-12 students identifying with groups that are underrepresented in health sciences (i.e. Black, Indigenous, Filipino, Latin American, racialized, and/or from any background experiencing socio-economic barriers). Priority is given to students from underserved schools and neighborhoods.

The learners participate in interactive sessions led by researchers, graduate students, and practitioners to broaden their understandings of academic and career pathways available within health sciences.

Students standing with their project.

Emphasis is placed on research and design as we challenge our learners to design solutions to healthcare system issues.

The learners work collaboratively with their peers and present at the Design Competition where they’re assessed by judges. Top groups receive prizes and are supported post program (through funding and mentorship).

What to Expect

Experiential Learning
Partake in a variety of interactive workshops that center the theory of learning-by-doing.
Healthcare Systems Leadership
Gain a broader exposure to organizations, professionals and student-led groups that are leading the charge in healthcare systems initiatives.
Research & Design
Collaboratively work on a research and design project with their peers.
Skills Development
Develop a wide range of skill sets including: project development/project-based thinking, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, communications, social accountability, participatory design etc.
Earn a grade 12 science credit (i.e. SNC4M).
Receive $1,600 upon completing the program.

The program runs for four weeks in July of each year as a grade 12 science credit (SNC 4M). Summer 2024 applications are now closed, but we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates regarding other high school outreach activities we offer throughout the year. Please click here to sign up.

For all inquiries, please email

Students seated in a lecture hall.

Check out our Summer 2023 weekly bulletins below.

Week 1: July 4 - 7, 2023

Week 2: July 10 – 14, 2023

Week 3: July 17 – 21, 2023

Week 4: July 24 – 28, 2023


Congratulations to our Summer 2023 STEAM-D participants for successfully completing the program! Here's our recap video and Yearbook