by Melanie Takefman
We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the engineers.
We can, we can, we can, we can, demolish 40 beers.
With these words, Concordias Engineering Games (Jeux de Génie)
contingent returned from Sherbrooke victorious with a fourth-place finish
overall, including second place in machine and the computer academic categories
and sore throats.
The annual five-day event is a whirlwind of academic tests, physical competitions,
cheering and socializing with engineering students from all over Quebec.
While Concordias team has been hard at work since September, Engineering
Games president Hakan Kilic affirmed that its all about having a
Everyone was so friendly, and tried to involve everyone else,
Over the years, Concordia has earned the reputation for best team spirit.
Similarly, their talent show presentation, a Harry-Potter-themed dance
and skit combination with the Concordia team ultimately vanquishing evil
(their opponents) in a final showdown complete with brooms and cloaks,
was a huge crowd-pleaser.
Aside from the talent show, teams from 11 universities competed in academic
tests in five engineering categories: i.e. computer, mechanical , electrical,
civil and chemical. They also took part in offbeat sports competitions
like three-legged soccer and volleyball in a raquetball court.
The machine category is the most technical and most difficult,
according to Kilic, and the 15-person team worked for months in preparation.
Students must construct a machine that will pass through a course and
accomplish various tasks.
Since the Engineering Games is always such a positive experience, the
eight executive committee members had to choose 44 participants from among
150 qualified applicants this year. Those with the most enthusiasm and
technical savvy made the cut.
The executive committee is also in charge of fundraising. They hosted
several events in the fall, including a Halloween party, and acquired
corporate sponsorships from Bombardier and Intel, among others.
Kilic said that many people who meet at the Engineering Games will likely
work together in the future.
You never know where theyll end up, he said. In
Quebec, with the Order of Engineers, its like a big family.