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Pitch Black

Close up of a person working with LEDs on a circuitboard

Every year, Toronto Metropolitan University Engineering Ambassadors are proud to visit Grade 9 science classes across the GTA to introduce students to Pitch Black, an engaging hands-on activity that encourages them to consider an impactful career in engineering. Students will be asked to work in teams to use a breadboard, resistors, and LEDS to build an electric circuit from a schematic diagram, which represents a community in a blackout. The students will act as the engineers who have been called to use their knowledge of electricity to troubleshoot the circuit and restore power to the community. Our Engineering Ambassadors will walk students through the steps while also sharing their experiences as Toronto Metropolitan University Engineering undergraduates and answering any questions that students may have.

Note: The concepts covered in the activity correlate with the physics component of the Ontario Grade 9 curriculum. Please contact us for further details.

We visit classes from September to June, during regular class hours. The program lasts an entire period.

As long as your school is located within the GTA, we come to your school. If you fall outside of our boundaries, please visit the WEMADEIT (external link, opens in new window)  website for a free lesson download.

This event is free. Not only will we provide all of the supplies, but we will also leave teachers with activity kits for use in future classes.

Please send an email to indicating:

  • Your top three desired dates (the program can be run over multiple days if you have overlapping science classes)
  • Number of classes you would like us to attend, and their times
  • Number of students per class
  • Length of a period
  • Room number
  • Teacher/coordinator's contact info

Please contact or 416-979-5000 ext. 7220 if you have any questions.