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April 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

To bring National Engineering Week alive for young people, NRC goes into the classroom to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The NRC Engineering Challenge provides teachers with an engaging way to introduce science curriculum to young students.

A student team sets up their prototype vehicle for testing while Sylvain Boudreau, emcee and NRC engineer, looks on.
A student team sets up their prototype vehicle for testing while Sylvain Boudreau, emcee and NRC engineer, looks on.

The 2007 Challenge took place in February in the National Capital region and, for the first time, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Professional engineers volunteered in elementary schools to engage students in designing and building a VOB ― a Vehicle for Obstacle Bowling. Throughout February, student teams designed, constructed and tested their prototypes with the aid of engineer mentors. On February 27th, the "best in show" was selected in a final competition at the Canada Science & Technology Museum in Ottawa during National Engineering Week.

The challenge for students, aged 10 to 12, is to build a workable prototype from common crafts materials and items they find in recycle bins. In past years, enthusiastic youth have addressed simulated real-life problems by constructing a vehicle to carry fragile cargo in the Arctic, a catapult to propel samples from Mars to Earth, and a car powered by a rubber band.


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