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Engineering challenge set for this Tuesday

by Ben Clarke

Some future local engineers will get a taste of the trade Tuesday, as the Engineering Challenge is returning to the Evinrude Centre.

The Engineering Week Challenge is an annual celebration of Canadian engineering excellence that allows youth to discover the important and exciting engineering profession, as well as important elements of being an engineer, including ingenuity, teamwork and creativity.

In total there will be 24 teams from five area schools – including four from Lakefield College School – competing in the event, which runs Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough. Judging will begin at noon.

Sponsored by the Peterborough Chapters of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), this year’s local contest will involve the design and construction of a popsicle stick bridge.

Each team will receive supplies to build the bridge, which will then be tested for failure with a special “bridge buster”.

Scoring will be based on each team’s design and construction, testing to ensure specified criteria are met, and marks for written questions.

“There will be a short tutorial on the physics behind bridges by local engineers, as well as a general discussion on the role and the impact of engineering and technology in today’s society,” said event chair Daniel Manns.

“Engineers and technologists will also be available throughout the event for discussions with students about engineering and technology as a career choice.”

The event promotes National Engineering Month (February), which encourages engineering as a career choice and reminds Canadians of the role engineering plays in their daily lives. Events are organized at the provincial and local levels.

“The Engineering Challenge in Peterborough is a day long out-of-class event focusing on bringing career awareness to secondary school students in applied science and math, employment within engineering and having fun in a team environment,” says Jane Flynn-Sammut, Consultant for Student Success with the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.

“We need to inspire the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, by showing young people that these disciplines touch their lives in every imaginable way.”

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