The engineering profession is ever evolving and each year schools throughout Canada add new programs to their curriculum. Over the last few years Western has introduced Green Process Engineering, Civil Engineering with International Development and more recently, Mechatronics Engineering. Despite the exciting possibilities, many high school students are still unclear as to what engineers actually do.
National Engineering Month is an initiative run by Engineers Canada to promote the profession to high school students. This past week was National Engineering Week in Ontario and Western Engineering hosted two events. On Thursday the Western Engineering Bonanza program invited 75 students to our campus. They participated in interactive learning sessions, a student panel and afternoon design competition.
On the provincial scale, our Undergraduate Engineering Society pooled together to make a Rube Goldberg machine. This over complicated, just for fun, machine was trigged by a cell phone call from McMaster University. Our final signal was sent to Conestoga College and the final machine light up the CN tower purple, the traditional engineering colour. Since this happened just this past Friday I’ll have to leave you with the video from last years for now!