Students Promote Engineering
National Engineering Week took place
nation-wide Saturday, February 26 - Sunday, March 6.
Communities across Canada recognized this week as an opportunity
to raise public awareness of the importance of engineering and
technology in our daily lives and to encourage young people to
consider careers in engineering and technology.
students took advantage of this week to promote the Faculty of
Engineering at Western, and the engineering profession as a
whole, by holding various events at the university and within
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
K'NEX Construction Workshop
February 26 - February 27
March 5 - March 6
London Regional Children’s Museum
EWB Western presented demonstrations of water
filtration and how it is used in developing countries at the London
Regional Children’s Museum.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Day
Thursday, March 3
held an event to promote the International 'Make Poverty History'
campaign. EWB Western members donned Sumo Suits and wore t-shirts
that said "Poverty" and "Hunger." Anyone interested had the
opportunity to take out their frustrations towards world poverty and
social injustice on the Sumo Suit clad EWB members, with the help of
a pool noodle.
Engineering Bonanza (WEB)
Thursday, March 3
local high school students and teachers attended WEB, an annual
event hosted by UES. Students and teachers from 15 different
schools arrived around 9:00 am and were welcomed by Associate Dean,
Hesham El Naggar with an overview presentation of Western
Engineering. After the presentation, the students were split
into groups to participate in hands-on demonstration workshops led
by various faculty members. After lunch, the students worked
in teams to build a motorized pop can car out materials provided by
day was a huge success. Teachers commented that the day was
very well organized and value added for their students. When one
high school student was asked to sum up the day, he chose just one
word - "Sweet."
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Technology - Scouting Exploring Technology (GETSET)
Saturday, March 5
Chapter of the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and
Technologists (OACETT) will hosted a variety of activities for
Guides and Scouts to explore technology with interactive displays,
technical demonstrations, indoor and outdoor challenges and off-site
tours. One of the off-site tours included The University of Western
Ontario, specifically the SunStang solar car team.
Professional Engineers of Ontario, Lambton
Chapter Annual Dinner Meeting
Saturday, March 5
SunStang was highly involved with National
Engineering week at Western. They conducted presentations at
WEB and during the GETSETProgram, however the highlight of the week
for SunStang was delivering the keynote address at the Professional
Engineers of Ontario, Lambdon Chapter’s National Engineering Week
Annual Dinner. Imran Atcha, Project Manager of the SunStang Solar
Car Project, presented the keynote address to a wide audience of
The presentation began with an overview of the SunStang Solar Car
Project and the importance of student design projects to
engineering. SunStang’s rich history was presented with its
beginnings in 1993 through to SunStang’s experiences at their most
recent race at the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Topeka, Kansas. The
future of the SunStang Solar Car Project was explored, including the
North American Solar Challenge in 2005 from Austin, Texas to
Calgary, Alberta and the World Solar Challenge in 2005 across the
Australian continent. The technical systems of the project were
reviewed in detail. These systems included the mechanical systems,
electrical systems and extended to the manufacture of the vehicle.
The one hour presentation was concluded with a question period.
SunStang thanked the Professional Engineers of Ontario Lambdon
Chapter for their generous $300 donation to the Adopt-A-Cell Program
and their invitation to present at the National Engineering Week
Annual Dinner with a new SunStang Golf Shirt. Tom Gwozdz should be
recognized for his work on the presentation. SunStang members
present at this excellent networking opportunity included Dr.
McIssac – SunStang’s Faculty Advisor; Imran Atcha, SunStang Project
Manager; Brian Coulter, Jim Eckert, Craig Follett, Tom Gwozdz, Greg
Lindstrom, Chris Lohnes, Warren Rinas and Kevin Vecmanis.
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