Hello and welcome to the Western Engineering Competition, where top engineering students from universities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia gathered to compete in the largest engineering competition in western Canada. This year, we competed in various categories: Debate, Communications, Innovative design, Senior Design, and Jr. Design.
For three intense days, the students put their best foot forward, showcasing their talents and skills in their respective categories. The level of competition was high, and the students rose to the challenge, bringing their A-game to the competition.
Electrical Engineering students Tom Kuzma, Jimmy Bates, Faran Bhatti, and Clinton Gaudet were outstanding, and the team took home first place, earning recognition for their hard work and dedication.
Mechanical and Electrical students Oscar Gutierrez, Yehen Adikari, Santiago Quintana, and Faniel Yemane scored third place in the Jr. Design category, the students demonstrated their creativity and resourcefulness, earning a well-deserved third place.
Throughout the program, participants learned to work with simple materials and used them in innovative ways to create a gondola that could transport objects across a distance. The project encouraged critical thinking about design and helped participants identify potential challenges and solutions before starting construction.
The communications team also performed exceptionally, taking first place and showing their expertise in the field.
In a project that required applying their engineering knowledge, team Orca was tasked with designing and developing a product or service that catered to an unmet societal need while demonstrating its feasibility. The project required a fully fleshed-out idea, including a functioning prototype, to be presented to a group of judges composed of experienced professionals in a 20-minute presentation.
Participants developed arguments for or against current issues in a debate competition and competed in a tournament-style bracket to win the match. Each team was evaluated on the strength of their arguments and how well they debated their opponents' arguments, and judges determined the winner of each debate.
Throughout the competition, teams had to continually win to advance through the bracket and come in first. The competition challenged students to think critically, construct compelling arguments, and respond thoughtfully to their opponent's arguments.
Overall, the debate competition provided a valuable opportunity for students to practice their argumentation and critical thinking skills in a competitive and challenging environment.
The Western Engineering Competition was a huge success, with students from across western Canada coming together to compete, learn, and grow. The finalists will now have the opportunity to compete in the finals at the University of Waterloo at the end of February, and we can't wait to see what they will achieve.
So, there you have it, the Western Engineering Competition showcased the brightest and best engineering students in western Canada. We hope you enjoyed this year's competition, and stay tuned for more exciting updates from the Western Engineering Competition. Visit our website for more information on this fantastic event.