NC to host first annual high school design and build competition

Niagara College will welcome 20 students from the Niagara Catholic District School Board to its Rankin Technology Centre on Saturday March 7 for the Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) first annual Engineering and Design Competition.

Organized by the PEO Niagara Chapter the competition is part of a series of activities taking place worldwide to mark the National Engineering Month. Working in groups the students will design and build small-scale horizontal wind turbines. Professors in Niagara College’s Renewable Energies Technician program have designed and built a wind tunnel that will be used for testing the wind turbines.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience a day in the life of an engineer” said Lindsay Mooradian EIT (Engineering Intern) event coordinator for the PEO Niagara Chapter. “They are given an engineering problem that is very relevant to current events and are challenged to come up with an innovative solution that demonstrates engineering principles and technology understanding.”

Through its School of Technology Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers civil engineering construction electrical and electronics mechanical motive power photonics renewable energies and welding.

“We’re very excited to welcome these students to Niagara College” said Misheck Mwaba PhD P.Eng. dean of media trades and technology. “There are tremendous opportunities in the field of engineering and this is a great opportunity for students who may be considering a career in this area to speak to our students and faculty and experience our leading-edge facilities and equipment first-hand.”

“The PEO Niagara Chapter is thrilled to add this high school-targeted event to our National Engineering Month schedule” said Stan Mathew P.Eng. vice-chair of the PEO Niagara Chapter. “Through corporate sponsorship and support from Niagara College we look forward to seeing this annual event continue to grow in the future and more importantly see high school students get excited about engineering.”

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Niagara College’s Rankin Technology Centre Welland Campus in rooms TC02 TC05 TC55 and TC68. The wind turbine testing is open to the public and will take place in room TC68 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) is the licensing body for 70000 Professional Engineers in Ontario. PEO is organized at the local level through 36 chapters across the province. These chapters are the link between the association its members and the public. The chapters deliver educational outreach technical and social/sporting events to their membership. The organizer of this event is the PEO Niagara Chapter and represents approximately 1630 engineers and engineers-in-training from the entire region from St. Catharines to Port Colborne and Grimsby to Niagara Falls.

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