Egg drops for students

EngChallenge107X111.bmpOTTAWA – Students from École élémentaire catholique Arc-en-ciel take home top honours in the annual National Research Council engineering challenge. Grades 5 to 7 students representing 70 Eastern Ontario elementary schools competed to solve the real-life challenge of dropping aid supplies from an aircraft to survivors in regions devastated by natural disasters. Students simulated this scenario by designing, constructing and testing an innovative engineering prototype to protect an egg (cargo), then drop it down a ramp to fall intact to a target 1.75 metres (6 feet) below. Engineer volunteers from NRC and 13 regional organizations mentored over 2,000 students from the National Capital region over a month, culminating in the contest at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. “NRC is proud to support these young potential engineers by sharing our pool of expertise,” says NRC president Dr. Pierre Coulombe. “By participating in programs such as NRC’s Engineering Challenge, students not only build real-life connections to the benefits of science and technology for our society, but come to realize that science is rewarding and fun.” Teams from Pope John XXIII Catholic Elementary School and Osgoode Public School came in second and third respectively.

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