COVID-19 pushed us to become even more agile and bring our legacy live-in program online.  Shad’s newly designed STEAM program includes synchronous real-time sessions, keynote speakers and a signature design project – a spaceflight competition with Blue Origin.  

Just like our live-in program, participants will work in pan-Canada teams and pitch a team project to a panel of industry experts.  This year’s projects will demonstrate a meaningful and creative way to use space as a research platform, bring value to the scientific community and have an impact on humankind. And one winning team will have the ultimate opportunity – to build and fly their experiment on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

“Thanks so much for continuing to show our students resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity.”

ShadOnline parent


600 Participants

students from every province, Yukon & Nunavut

Interdisciplinary design teams

pan-Canada teams competing in a spaceflight design challenge

20 days & 100 hours

a full schedule with interactive and real-time sessions

Hands-on learning

STEAM leaders providing interactive sessions and hands-on workshops

Real-time sessions

enriched workshops, lessons and speakers designed specifically for ShadOnline

Keynote speakers

a roster of high-profile inspirational speakers and prominent Canadian leaders


“Shad was a very eye-opening month for me. Though online, we still managed to build a community. I met a lot of like-minded people and learned a lot from everyone. Shad made me realize that I am capable of more than I thought I was. The keynote speakers shared a lot of valuable information and I learned a lot about different career options. Shad gave me a lot of memories that I will keep with me for a lifetime.”

Kanika, Shad2020 

“Our daughter has done many summer programs, but Shad truly stood out!  We are so honoured to be a part of the program and network.”

ShadOnline parent

High-Profile Keynote Speakers

Interactive Sessions

Dr. Mona Nemer Chief Science Advisor Speaks at ShadOnline

Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor takes questions from ShadOnline participants.

ShadOnline Program Directors

Shad’s exceptional Program Directors will be running the online program. Program Directors are educators or university faculty members who leverage their networks to fill program days with business and industry experts.