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Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth (3 units)

McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU) creates and delivers inquiry-based learning activities for youth aged 7–4 and their families in all areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). In this introductory course, you will learn the best practices for pedagogical design, the principles of community engagement and the art of knowledge translation and communication. In small groups, you will create an interactive workshop or a short electronic book chapter that may become part of the MCYU collection. If you have any questions about CMTYENGA 2MC3 or CMTYENGA 2MD3 please email Dr. Becca Collins-Nelsen.

Schedule: One term, TBD

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above; Permission of the instructor

McMaster Students:

McMaster University courses, CMTYENGA 2MC3 & 2MD3 offered through the department of Community Engagement are in partnership with the McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU). MCYU offers programs for children, youth, and families to help share the ground-breaking research happening at McMaster with the Hamilton community. These accredited courses will train you to develop and facilitate fun and educational workshops for children and youth in schools, libraries, and community centres.

Culminating Project

All of this work will culminate in a group submission of a workshop that may become part of the MCYU digital collection and potentially be seen by youth around the world. The topics of the workshops will be decided upon by your groups and should connect in some way to research areas from McMaster.

Aside from the curriculum, you will also gain experience:

  • working with kids
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • leadership skills

Meet the Instructors


Sandeep Raha

Creator & Director, MCYU

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics


Becca Collins-Nelsen

Instructor & Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellow


Emily Scherzinger

Instructor & Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellow

Katie Moisse

Katie Moisse

Guest Instructor

Assistant Professor of Science and Science Communication, School of Interdisciplinary Science