This is the first year the University of Calgary Engineering Students’ Society is hosting the High School Engineering Competition (HSEC). The event seeks to increase STEM interest and education for high school students, through hands on competition experience.
HSEC is modeled after the Schulich Engineering Competition (SEC) which is an annual competition hosted by ESS, for engineering students. As such, HSEC also follows SEC’s business casual dress code.
Teams of 4 students collaborate to solve an engineering problem, then present and demonstrate their solution. Past SEC competitions have included designing bridges, tower, catapults or water filters from simple media, such as popsicle sticks, solo cups, or scrap plywood and lumber.
Teams of 4 students collaborate to solve an engineering problem then present and demonstrate their solution. This competition makes use of the Vex platform. Past competitions have included designing minesweepers, automated/controlled water pollution collectors, and hill climbers.
In debate competition teams of two compete to convince judges of their assigned stance on a subject disclosed only minutes prior to the competition. Competitors are judged on their ability to present persuasive, well-constructed arguments on a wide range of topics ranging from the philosophical, to social events, to current events.
In the consulting competition teams of four are given seven hours to devise an innovative solution to a real-world problem. Teams are expected to develop holistic solutions that consider the economic, social and environmental impacts, and present their solutions to a panel of judges familiar with the industry of the problem’s theme.
Teams of 2 students collaborate to take an existing engineering concept, product, technique, or technology and improve on its design to suit an alternative situation or application. This can be done either by adding new features or improving an original function. Teams will then get to present a PowerPoint, followed by a question and answer period, as well as submit a report on their re-engineered case.