Acadia University gives students the opportunity to apply and practice the theory they are learning in the classroom, "HANDS-ON". Students usually work in small groups for their design projects. Most design projects are suggested by the students, then approved by the Professor. Students are taught the design process and then build prototypes and give presentations. Some consideration is given to design efficiencies.

By the time students complete their CAS, they will have participated in 4 to 6 group design projects. Students become quite comfortable working with the tools and standard technologies to create solutions to issues that are important to them personally


Standing on bridge

Statics Bridge Design Contest


All courses in the Acadia Engineering program, with the exception of the two writing electives and MATH 1323 (Matrix Algebra) have accompanying labs or tutorial sessions. 

What students say:

"I like that I can apply the Chemistry to real life situations rather than just in theory.  Acadia Engineering has helped me to do this." 

Hanna Nickerson BScH-Chem, CAS Chemical 2013 Acadia Grad



"Acadia's second year design class was definitely one of my favorites. It gave me an opportunity to work with a team and apply our textbook knowledge in a real and innovative way in order to build a functional prototype. My team took this class a step further and entered our vertical axis tidal turbine project into the ACSBE innovative design competition held at Acadia every year. For the competition we were required to write a technical report and present the project to industry professionals. Using the skills we learned in our engineering courses we placed first in the competition and split the cash prize between the four group members. The design course is great just by itself, but the opportunity to take it this step further is what sets Acadia's engineering program apart."

- Alex Smith CAS Mechanical 2009 Acadia Grad