Become an EIR

By completing this application, you are registering to become an Engineer-in-Residence, a PenPal Engineer or a member of our Brainstorm Crew. The information you provide will be used by the EIR Program Office to ensure the best possible match with a school, and will not be shared with third parties without your permission.

Orientation Session
Volunteer engineers and their teacher/partners are asked to attend to attend a 1-day orientation session in late September or early October. You will receive more information about this once you have been matched with a school. Members of the Brainstorm Crew do not have to attend this orientation, but will be asked to participate in a 1-hour teleconference.

Volunteer Reference Check
The EIR program requires that all volunteers working with children undergo a basic police check. Please do this as soon as possible. Reference checks are conducted by your local municipal police force. In some jurisdictions, all police stations provide the service, while in others it is available only in the large ones. A phone call to any station or the community relations office will give you the locations. You must go in person, and you will need two pieces of identification. Sometimes you may need a letter of reference from either us or the school – every police precinct has its own policies. Again, the best thing to do is call any local station to ask about their procedures.

WEMADEIT In the Classroom
For the 2015/16 school year, EIR will be piloting an exciting new program in grade 7 and 8 classrooms around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). You and your teacher match will be given the opportunity to use unique, hands-on engineering lesson plans in the classroom, tailored specifically to meet the Ontario STEM curriculum. You will also have access to the WEMADEIT team for support throughout the school year. If you’re interested in this pilot, please select the WEMADEIT box in the form. Or check out the WEMADEIT website for more information.

To apply:

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Email the completed form to