Our Mission

  • Provide a fun and educational event for people of all ages and knowledge bases
  • Showcase engineering student projects and recent developments in engineering, science, and technology
  • Raise public awareness of the engineering profession
  • Inspire young minds through unique learning experiences in science and engineering

More About Spectrum

Spectrum is a show for the entire family; our exhibits and displays at the exhibition are targeted for a general audience, giving the public an opportunity to learn about engineering and scientific developments in a more casual environment.  There will be many interactive exhibits that will enable visitors of all ages and knowledge bases to have fun and learn science and engineering in a whole new way. 

Spectrum 2019 expects just under 10,000 people to attend, with around 3,000 elementary and high school students who have to opportunity to learn about science and engineering in a way not possible in the classroom via our School Tours program. After a hugely successful introduction in 2016, we will be bringing back the Children's Logbook, an engaging and interactive passport system, as well as we plan to expand this by creating an Advanced Logbook to engage with High School students. 

Our History

Spectrum was first held in 1930 as a forum for students of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering to present their design projects to friends, family, and faculty.

Spectrum was originally named the University of Saskatchewan Engineering Show. In 1973, the name was changed to Spectrum to better facilitate advertising and attract greater public interest. The word “spectrum” was chosen because it implies a band or range. This meaning emphasized that the engineering show covered the various engineering disciplines.

Since 1973, Spectrum has expanded to include all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, not just engineering. We welcome colleges throughout the University of Saskatchewan as well as exhibitors across North America who are involved in the different areas of STEM. Throughout Spectrum’s nearly 90-year history, we’ve seen a Mercury Spacecraft capsule from NASA, models of atomic reactors, Kilobots, an anechoic chamber, and aquaponics systems. Spectrum has also hosted captivating speakers such as Jay Ingram, the former Daily Planet host and Bryan Erb, the Assistant Director of the Canadian Space Agency in 1986.  

Spectrum has played a major part in the College of Engineering’s history and will continue to play a role for many years to come.


Spectrum History Timeline

Spectrum Historical Documents