A day of using LEGO blocks to build power-generating wind turbines and bridges out of wooden craft sticks has helped give a group of grade 12 students from Vincent Massey Secondary School a feel for the engineering profession.
About 140 high school seniors participated in the all-day experience last week at the Centre for Engineering Innovation competition. Part of the challenge included replicating structures built by previous groups.
“We had to work as a team and follow our colleagues’ instructions to build an identical bridge,” said Molly Ricciardi, leader of Team Tape.
“It was a lot of fun, and informative. I learned a lot about engineering and what UWindsor has to offer.”
Edwin Tam, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs-WINONE, said the Engineering faculty is delighted to host such innovative minds.
“We've been doing this for several years now and we're always amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm the students bring.”
In addition to the competition, students and teachers received an extensive building tour of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.
“We try to show them different aspects of engineering to give them a flavour for what the profession is involved in and hope that they have a lot of fun doing it. Certainly, there had been a lot of laughs by the end of the day,” Dr. Tam said.