Over the course of November 8th, 2014, student teams design, engineer, and present their innovative ideas and products. As outlined below, the competitions are organized to challenge and engage a variety of students, testing their engineering skill-sets from every angle. Winners of each category are revealed at the closing banquet.
As one of the most intimidating categories, the Consulting Engineering competition challenges participants in teams of 4 to devise an innovative and comprehensive solution to a real-world problem prescribed by a hypothetical client. Students must consider the economic, environmental, and social implications in the process, and submit recommendations in a report and presentation format to be assessed by a panel of judges.
Senior Design tests creativity and problem solving skills in teams of four. Competitors are given a hint regarding the challenge they will encounter the week before WEC, with a detailed explanation of the engineering problem the morning of the competition. Students will have 12 hours to develop a tactile solution with a limited set of resources. To finish, teams present and demonstrate their implementation to a panel of judges, who will be looking for creativity, cost, effectiveness, and feasibility of the designs.
This competition requires teams of 4 to build a simple device with very limited resources. With only 4 hours and a sparse set of materials, teams must create a tangible solution to the outlined problem. Devices are tested after a short presentation to a panel of judges looking for creativity, cost effectiveness, and feasibility.
Engineering Communications focuses on the the importance of addressing technical subjects to the general public. Students research their topic and prepare 20-minute presentations prior to the competition and present to a panel of judges. Students are assessed on their content, analysis, and presentation skills.
This competition pits teams of two with designated viewpoints against each other in debate format. The topic and viewpoints are disclosed minutes before each round begins. Pairs progress through a series of rounds based on their ability to persuade a panel of judges to favour their side of the prescribed topic.
This highly technical category challenges students either individually or in pairs to present a novel and commercially viable solution to a real world problem of their own choice. The set-up of this category is unique in that booths are made available all day for public viewing and promotion. Solutions are assessed for feasibility, market research, applicability, and design prototyping.
New to WEC, Re-Engineering challenges competitors to find innovate or repurpose an existing product. The design problem is revealed the morning of the competition and teams of two are given 8 hours to arrive at a solution. Their concepts are then presented and evaluated based on practicality, originality, feasibility, and marketability by a panel of judges.
Registration will be open until October 24th, 2014. Please register here.