Virtual Ventures logoVirtual Ventures is a not-for-profit organization run under the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. Virtual Ventures offers nationally recognized technology and engineering programs for youth who have completed junior kindergarten – grade 12.

Programs run through Virtual Ventures include summer camp, fall and winter clubs, school outreach workshops, InSTEM (Indigenous Youth in STEM) programs and Girls Outreach Events. Virtual Ventures provides the youth of Ottawa with stimulating experiences in all aspects of computers, information technology, engineering, and science. Virtual Ventures marks its 25th year of operation in 2019.

A network member of Actua


Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming.  Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at


In 2016, Virtual Ventures won the Actua Experience Award – National Girls Program. This award recognizes network members’ commitment to engage underrepresented youth in STEM and provide them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Read more about the award.

Actual Award for Leadership
In 2012, Virtual Ventures won the Actua GE Canada Award for Leadership and Innovation. This award was created in 1998 as a way to recognize member organizations that have best exemplified the Actua spirit of innovation over the past year. Read more about the award.

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