I.E. Weldon Secondary School hosts Lindsay Engineering Challenge

By Lindsay Advocate

The Lindsay Engineering Challenge took place in the I.E. Weldon Secondary School cafeteria on March 8, and saw students design and build gliders.

Every year, Canadian engineering excellence is celebrated through the annual Engineering Challenge. This challenge allows youth to experience aspects of problems professional engineers and technologists/technicians strive to solve in their profession. The challenge encourages ingenuity, creativity and teamwork to solve common engineering challenges.

The Lindsay Engineering Challenge is a daylong out of class event, and took place on Friday March 8 at I.E. Weldon Secondary School. According to organizers, it brought awareness to high school students about applied sciences, math, and associated careers, while having fun in a team environment.

The 2024 challenge involved the design and construction of a glider. Each team received supplies and time to build their aircraft. After the gliders were built, they were tested using a specially designed launch mechanism to determine how straight and far they could fly.

Teams scored points for design, construction, performance and knowledge. The knowledge-based section consisted of a short question sheet about the topics in the project.

The event volunteers included engineers and technologists from a variety of industries to discuss engineering/technology as a career choice, and was coordinated by the Peterborough chapters of: the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

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