2017 Ontario event highlights

National Engineering Month (NEM) is a Canada-wide, national celebration designed to raise awareness of engineering and engineering technology and its contributions to our everyday lives. This year, Ontario will be celebrating by hosting hundreds of events throughout the province. These events are staged by volunteers from engineering student and professional communities, supported by members of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB).

Join in the celebrations! You can sign up to be a volunteer and help out at an event near you, bring your family to an event or follow all the action throughout the month on social media #NEM2017 (@nemontario on Twitter and Instagram, or facebook.com/nemontario).

The following is a partial listing of events planned, supported or hosted by PEO chapters during NEM 2017.  Please refer to nemontario.ca for the full listing with confirmed dates and additional details.

CHATHAM

Impromptu Design Challenge
John McGregor Secondary School
PEO’s Chatham-Kent Chapter is hosting design challenges for the Lambton-Kent district schools. There will be a junior (grades 7 and 8) and a senior (high school) challenge. Both events will challenge teams to build an apparatus to complete a specific task using the materials provided. Contact Ellen Sinclair, P.Eng., mailto:ERSincla@uniongas.com, 519-365-4305.

ETOBICOKE

Engineering Idol 2017
March 4, University of Toronto
PEO’s Etobicoke Chapter is hosting their 10th annual Engineering Idol competition where teams from over a dozen selected high schools participate in a challenging engineering task. Contact Andrew Demeter, P.Eng., ar.demeter@gmail.com, 416-505-8433.

GEORGIAN BAY

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Georgian Bay Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

HAMILTON

Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair 
Mohawk College
The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is an event for children in grades 7 through 12. Details are available at www.basef.ca. Contact Nigel Birch, P.Eng., nbirch5@cogeco.ca, 905-681-7287.

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Hamilton-Burlington Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

KINGSTON

17th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge-Building Contest
Boys and Girls Club (Frontenac Mall) 
PEO’s Kingston Chapter is hosting a popsicle stick bridge-building contest. Bridges built by contestants will be tested at the event. Lego Robotics kits will be available for students to use during the main event. Contact Doug Hamilton, P.Eng., douglas.robert.hamilton@gmail.com, 613-389-9628.

LONDON

2017 NEM Kick-off Luncheon
Double Tree by Hilton 
PEO London Chapter’s NEM kick-off luncheon will see the city engineer deliver a keynote address discussing the past year’s and upcoming year’s construction projects. Contact Ian Cheng, P.Eng., iancheng@rogers.com, 519-521-1225.

Canadian Centre for Product Validation event 
The CCPV is unlike any other testing facility in Canada. It has been uniquely designed to be a multimodal development test facility, conducting electrical, mechanical, performance, environmental and thermal testing under one roof. Contact George Biljan, P.Eng., gjbiljan@gmail.com, 519-281-4388.

Labatt Brewery Tour
Labatt London 
A brewery tour and presentation by resident engineer Scott Durnin, P.Eng., emphasizes engineering in manufacturing from a brewing engineer’s perspective. Contact Syd Van Geel, P.Eng., syd.vangeel@rogers.com, 519-852-4629.

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s London Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

MUSKOKA

Engineering and Technology Model-Building Competition
Eastview Secondary School
PEO’s Simcoe-Muskoka Chapter events for NEM 2017 will focus on a variety of STEM-oriented projects and activities, bridge-building and strength-testing competition, catapult competition, car competition, live engineering quiz and several demos. Contact Oday Wade’e, P.Eng., oday.wadee@peo-simcoemuskoka.com, 647-667-7613.

NIAGARA REGION

Bridge-Busting Competition
Students (kindergarten through Grade 9) are encouraged to build a bridge at home from popsicle sticks and white glue. They are then invited to test the limits of their bridge in PEO’s Niagara Chapter bridge-busting competition. Contact Stan Mathew, mathews@ae.ca, 905-346-0990, ext. 250.

Dream Big Niagara Falls
IMAX Theatre
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. Contact Stan Mathew, P.Eng., 905-346-0990, ext. 250.

Engineering Design and Build Competition
Niagara College
To kick off NEM 2017, PEO’s Niagara Chapter will hold its third annual Engineering Design and Build Competition. Students from various Niagara region secondary schools will compete in teams to design a plan and solve an engineering problem. Contact Stan Mathew, P.Eng., mathews@ae.ca, 905-346-0990, ext. 250.

NORTH BAY

Bridge-Building Competition
March 31
This competition is part of PEO’s North Bay Chapter school outreach initiative that introduces real-life engineering issues in a manner that complements the curricula being taught in schools. This event also allows for one-on-one interaction between students and local engineers in a casual, fun-filled atmosphere. John Simmonds, P.Eng., john.simmonds11@outlook.com, 705-474-4667.

OAKVILLE

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Oakville Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

OTTAWA

Canadian Space and Aviation Museum Engineering Challenge
Working individually or in groups, participants are challenged to build examples of real-life aviation or space-based vehicles and objects, which are evaluated on structure stability, mechanics and innovation. Contact Damien Letendre, P.Eng., opeo.edu@gmail.com, 613-808-6346.

Career Workshop 
Carleton University and University of Ottawa
An open forum for engineering students and professional engineers to discuss the variety of engineering career opportunities. Contact Damien Letendre, P.Eng., opeo.edu@gmail.com, 613-808-6346.

Engineering Challenge
Carleton University and University of Ottawa
Drop-in engineering challenge where students will have set parameters and constraints to complete. Damien Letendre, P.Eng., opeo.edu@gmail.com, 613-808-6346.

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Ottawa Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

QUINTE WEST

Bridge-Building and Airplane Propulsion Contests
Maranatha Church
Students will compete to build the strongest bridge that can take the maximum load before breakage. The airplane propulsion contest will engage students in flight mechanics and how to tweak the necessary parameters to achieve a maximum flight range. Contact Panch Yogeswaran, P.Eng., panchyoges@hotmail.com, 613-962-4386.

SARNIA

Engineering Discovery Day
Lambton Mall
Although targeted to elementary school aged students, the public is also invited to participate in pick-up challenges hosted by PEO’s Lambton Chapter, where simple objects are used to demonstrate a scientific principle. All booths are geared towards hands-on participation. Participants are given a Discovery Day passport and when they visit a set number of booths they receive a small prize. Contact Maureen Wong, P.Eng., sarniaengweek@gmail.com, 519-339-2898.

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Lambton Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

SAULT STE. MARIE

Sault Ste. Marie Engineering Month Event
March 4, Sault Ste. Marie Station Mall
PEO’s Algoma Chapter is hosting the annual Engineering Day at the mall. This includes engineering displays from local businesses, a team math challenge, colouring contests, robotic displays and other exciting interactive displays. Contact Micheal Paciocco, EIT, mpaciocco@yahoo.ca, 705-949-1033, ext. 206.

Scale an Innovation: Button-Making Event
PEO’s Algoma Chapter will engage the community through the making and wearing of buttons with engineering slogans and the NEM logo. Participants will be encouraged to pick or make their own designs and then watch the entire button-making process.

SUDBURY

Bridge-Building Competition
Atlas Copco Theatre
Hosted by Dynamic Earth and PEO’s Sudbury Chapter, the annual Bridge-Building Competition is open to students from grades 3 to 12. Teachers are encouraged to register their entire class, integrate the competition into their classroom lessons, and make a day out of this event.  Contact Jeff Shaw, P.Eng., 705-885-8419, jeffkshaw@gmail.com.

THUNDER BAY

Student Design Competition
Nordmin Engineering Ltd. 

Student teams are challenged with design, building and testing, and will have fun using a self-powered fan to blow a ping pong ball down a track as far as possible. Contact Phil Riegle, P.Eng., philip.riegle@tetratech.com, 807-624-5458.

Research and Innovation Mall Event 

Intercity Shopping Centre 

Table-top event with videos, hands-on activities, catapults, circuit boards, Rube Goldberg machine, hydraulics, etc. Contact Phil Riegle, P.Eng., philip.riegle@tetratech.com, 807-624-5458.

TORONTO

14th Annual Bridge-Building Contest
Scarborough Town Centre
Hosted by PEO’s Scarborough Chapter, students from grades 3 to 8 and their parents participate in learning about engineering. Contact Victor Lan, P.Eng., lanlin07@hotmail.com, 416-668-9810.

Dream Big East Toronto
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Dream Big York
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Engineering Innovations Forum
Toronto Botanical Garden
PEO’s East Toronto Chapter will host a presentation called “Self-Driving Vehicles: Transformers of the Future.” Contact Michael Flatt, P.Eng., mflatt@eiforum.ca.

Gears in Motion
Hillcrest Library
During the Gears in Motion event hosted by PEO’s Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter, students will learn about the working of gears and piston actuators in a pneumatic engine by building a mockup of a working air propelled pneumatic engine. Contact Rana Tehrani Yekta, EIT, rana.ty@gmail.com.

WATERLOO

First Robotics Participation
University of Waterloo

PEO’s Waterloo Chapter will interact with high school students who are entered in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Contact Kaoru Yajima, P.Eng., kyajima@regionofwaterloo.ca, 519-575-4757, ext. 3349.

WINDSOR

Dream Big Windsor
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

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