ESU Online Learning Sampler

Check out these resources to give you a glimpse of ESU’s programs at Queen’s University!

  • Compiled by ESU’s certified teachers
  • Geared towards grade 7-12 students
  • Resources cover topics from some of our most popular courses
  • All resources are free and do not require a sign-up or account
  • Can be completed independently and encourages self-exploration
  • Includes Dining Hall and Residences resources to help you experience the wide range of opportunities ESU programs has to offer

Click on any box in the schedule below to begin!

Human Anatomy

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This YouTube series provides you with a richer, more complete understanding of how your body works.

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Play these anatomy games to enhance your anatomy skill.

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This interactive game will help you learn about the major bones of the body.

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Download this free app to take an interactive virtual tour of the museum’s buildings and collections.

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Play this game to learn about the amazing complexity of the human body while helping Fred run from a hungry wolf.
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Learn about the capabilities of our organs. Includes downloadable 3D files and activity sheets.

Art History & Visual Art

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Explore this research intensive art museum located on Queen’s University campus and see their collection, watch videos from their digital archives, and read print publications.
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This game is a great way to consolidate knowledge about hue, saturation, complementary, analogous, triadic and tetradic colours.

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Download this file for a step-by-step lesson on painting a tulip. Send your finished project to KSOA and they will post your work.

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Explore the stories behind the art from around the world.

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Visit the world’s largest art museum by virtually touring its exhibition rooms and galleries.

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Paint your choice of mandalas online, or print different mandalas to colour by hand.

Lake Ecology

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Watch this video to get a brief understanding of how living things interact with each other and their environment.
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Explore the major species in each of Great Lakes of North America and learn about the ecosystem energy flow (who eats or is eaten by whom).
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Use this chart to keep track of your water usage over the course of a week. You will probably be amazed at the amount of water you actually use.

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Explore 5 different ecology models to simulate population, community, behavioural, conservation, and biodiversity interactions.
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Join Queen’s graduate students and professors in this weekly seminar series about Evolution, Ecology, and Behaviour (EEB).

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Take a dip in the jar to learn about some common types of smaller pond life. Then learn about how you can collect microscopic pond life on your own.

Language: Beginner Mandarin Chinese & Spanish

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This free app makes learning a new language fun and engaging with gamification poured into every lesson.

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Learn a language with thousands of video clips of native speakers and fun and effective games to practice your skills.

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Choose from a variety of games to test your basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese words, numbers, and phrases.

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Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and follow along with this interactive website while you learn how to write Chinese characters.

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This website can help you learn 868 useful Spanish words quickly and easily through a vocabulary section and an activities section. 

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Variety of online games to test your basic knowledge of Spanish words, numbers, and phrases.

Engineering I

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This YouTube series is based on introductory college-level material across many different engineering disciplines.
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In this game, you will find objects to create simple machines and help Twitch, the museum robot, to solve challenges.
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70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, yet only 2.5% of that is drinkable. Learn how to purify water with only materials from your kitchen.
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Experiment with this online electronics kit by designing and building your own circuit.
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Help Shaun build a new eco-friendly city for the stray animals of the Big City, making sure to keep them all happy by monitoring resources, food, energy, transport, and nature issues.
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Explore this website to view a combination of tech-based and construction activities to try your hand at prototyping and experimentation.

Engineering II

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Explore the state-of-the-art facilities where engineers bring their designs and ideas to life.
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This website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
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Follow this tutorial to make your own rubber-band-powered rover that can scramble across the room.
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See if you can complete these 44 engineering and science challenges, from electric motors to periscopes.
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Take this virtual tour to see how the center works to make revolutionary improvements to aviation and develop technology for space exploration.
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Watch this film (now streaming on Netflix) to celebrate the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. Then try some hands-on engineering activities yourself.

Canadian & Local History (Kingston, ON)

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Adventure through various war exhibitions such as the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the War of 1812.

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Take a virtual tour of Bellevue House, home to Canada’s first Prime Minister.

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This documentary from CBC tells the stories from one of the oldest prisons in the world.  

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Take a virtual tour of The Canadian History Hall where you will explore the journey of country and its people.

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Take a virtual tour of the former four-story, 100,000 square foot underground bunker and Canadian military facility.
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Explore the museums online and try one of their virtual scavenger hunts.

Pathology & Molecular Medicine

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Try your hand at making exact copies of a double-stranded DNA molecule and then determine which organism the DNA belongs to.
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This video lecture series from Khan Academy will provide you with information on all things genetics, and even includes quizzes and tests.
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Try to save these patients’ lives and learn about human blood types.
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Review topics on inflammation, cell injury, and tissue repair to complete this crossword.
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See how pathology relates to forensic science in this interactive game that recreates some of the challenges forensic experts deal with.
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The challenge of this game is to use the basic principles of the PCR method to copy the DNA in order to collect enough material to use as evidence.

Kinesiology & Health Studies

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Explore a variety of videos for active workouts and fit tips created by certified fitness instructors that can be completed in your own home.
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Learn why healthy eating is important, tips and habits for healthy eating, and explore healthy recipes.
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Watch this YouTube series to learn about how bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, heal and how to keep everything healthy.
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Explore the science behind your favourite sports and the biggest stars in this YouTube series.
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Play this interactive game to learn about the major superficial muscles of the body.
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View this website to access a wealth of information on sports injuries and as well as plans for rehabilitation.

Creative Writing

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Written by our own Creative Writing Instructor Glen Strathy, visit this website to learn about the theories of story structure and literacy techniques in an easy, practical, and fun way
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Test your vocabulary and grammar with this interactive game that donates grains of rice to countries in need for each correct answer.
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Create poems and share them with your friends and family.  

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Get your own master class on creative writing from fantasy and sci-fi author Brandon Sanderson through this lecture series at Brigham Young University.
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This YouTube series created in part by novelist John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”, gives you an in-depth understanding of classic literature.
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Looking for story ideas? This website will give you inspiration for your next novel, film, or short story and help you draft a plot.

Queen’s University Dining Halls

Part of the ESU programs is to experience what it is like to eat in a university-style dining hall. Queen’s University has three all-you-care-to-eat dining halls located on campus, serving an awesome variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.

Click on the various links below to explore the dining halls and other resources from Hospitality Services.


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This is the dining hall that the ESU spring and summer programs typically eat at. It is the largest dining hall on campus, seating up to 700 guests.
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The second largest dining hall on campus, Ban Righ features large windows and long wood tables for groups who want to socialize over a meal or study
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Located in Duncan McArthur Hall (on West Campus), this dining hall features a wide variety of entrees, soups, salads, beverages, and desserts.
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Wondering about eating healthy on campus? Take a look at this blog run by Jessica Bertrand, Queen’s Registered Dietitian and Wellness Manager
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Worried about eating on campus with allergies? Learn how you can prepare for a safe school year free of allergic reactions.
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Visit this website to learn about vegan/vegetarian, halal, kosher, gluten free, and other dietary needs on campus.

Discover Your Future

Unsure of what your post-secondary future will look like? Click on the various links below to explore everything from choosing a career, to which post-secondary institution is right for you.


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The Queen’s Viewbook provides a comprehensive overview of this extraordinary university from an undergraduate perspective.
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Find out which jobs suit your strengths and interests, which jobs are in demand, and where they’re located in Ontario.
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Use these quizzes and tests from the Government of Canada as a starting point in your post-secondary journey.
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Each year, Maclean’s magazine ranks Canada’s schools on various categories. Take a look to learn more about your possible post-secondary options.

Queen’s University Residences

The majority of ESU’s programs offer a residence option, which provides students with invaluable opportunities to meet and make friends with students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Students also receive a supportive environment to develop new personal and social interests. Click on the various links below to explore the residences and other resources from Residences Services.


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Watch this video to get a glimpse of the unique residence spaces on Queen’s University campus.
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Nervous about living in residence? Find out what living in residence at Queen’s University is like by watching this short video.
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Explore Queen’s 17 different residences. Fun fact, ESU’s May residence programs historically have been in Victoria Hall, while our August residence programs have previously been in Leggett, Watts, and Gordon/Brockington.
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Find out how residence is more than just a place to stay while you attend university by learning about the unique opportunities living in residence provides.