National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

February 26, 2009 16:05 ET

Media Advisory: Look out below! Future Engineers Compete in the 2009 NRC Engineering Challenge - To Drop Aid Supplies to Devastated Regions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2009) - Elementary students from across Eastern Ontario will converge at the Canada Science and Technology Museum to compete in this year's Engineering Challenge organized by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Over the course of the last month, volunteer engineers from NRC and 13 organizations have mentored more than 2,000 students (grades 5-7) in the National Capital Region. The student teams have been working to solve a problem: how to drop aid supplies from a plane to survivors in regions devastated by natural disasters. They have simulated this scenario by designing, constructing and testing an engineering prototype to protect an egg (cargo), then roll down a ramp and fall to a target 1.75 metres (6 feet) below. The most innovative device that lands closest to the target without breaking the egg will take home top honours.

Date: Friday, February 27, 2009

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m for final round of competition
Winners announced at 1:45 p.m.

Place: Canada Science and Technology Museum
Auditorium - 1867 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario

Media are invited to watch the final round, when the day's top students test their engineering prototype. The winning teams will be announced at 1:45 p.m.

For more information, please visit NRC's Web site at

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