Photos by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Mirjana Vrbaski
What do you get by mixing popsicle sticks, dental floss, glue and an
occasional beer? Any Canadian engineering student last week might have
answered: a bridge, of course!
Concordias 19th Annual Bridge Building Competition, open to students
from across Canada (and the world) was just the climax of the National
Engineering Week, held March 2 to 7.
One of such events was Women in Engineering Conference, held March 3
for female high school and CEGEP students wishing to explore their future
in the field.
In recent years, women have shown real enthusiasm towards engineering,
said Associate Dean Terry Fancott. An increasing number are finding
it to be a fascinating profession.
Nancy Paliotti, undergraduate student and president of the Concordia
Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation, student division, said,
We have a different aspect to offer people skills, which
is what engineering has been in need of.
Throughout the week, students were able to attend seminars and view exhibits
organized by the various departments of the faculty. While some examined
student projects, others attended workshops, tutorials and lectures.
This years Bridge Building Competition attracted 36 undergraduate
and graduate teams from close to 15 Canadian universities, who showed
off their miniature bridges, masterfully constructed from popsicle sticks,
toothpicks, dental floss and glue.
Although cash prizes of up to $1,000 were an incentive, most students were there simply for the experience (and the free beer!).