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The Engineering Challenge 2006 provided an opportunity for over 2400 youths in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to discover the engineering profession by involving them in a month long problem solving activity. The challenge saw 50 volunteer engineers team-up with students to design and construct a Disaster Relief OPeration (DROP) prototype "egg drop" made entirely from craft supplies and recycled materials. A total of 40 schools in the National Capital Region participated in this year's challenge.
Engineers worked directly with students in the classroom throughout the month of February to help design and construct DROP prototypes in preparation for the final event hosted by the Canada Science and Technology Museum on February 28th. A total of 54 teams, composed of 260 students participated.
Let's Get Cracking!
Student teams tested their prototypes in the preliminary rounds to ensure the cargo, a raw egg, would arrive intact and advance to the finals. They also showcased the ingenuity of their designs to a panel of volunteer engineers.
Although it was unanimous that all the prototypes were egg-ceptional , the top spots went to Meadowlands Public School who finished first, École élémentaire La Vérendrye in second, and St. John the Apostle in third place.
The Engineering Challenge is organized by NRC in celebration of National Engineering Week (NEW), in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board, Stu dent Engineering Societies of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Public Works Association.
Congratulations to all the participants in Engineering Challenge 2006!
Engineering Challenge 2006 Participating Schools
Thank you to our volunteer engineers from the following organizations: