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Ontario students test mental agility at engineering and science Olympics

Hamilton, ON -- More than 800 high school students from across Ontario travelled to Hamilton, Ont., on Oct. 19, 200...


Hamilton, ON — More than 800 high school students from across Ontario travelled to Hamilton, Ont., on Oct. 19, 2006, to test their mental agility, engineering skill and scientific know-how at the annual McMaster Engineering and Science Olympics.

Among the fun and challenging competitions scheduled were the infamous egg drop, Engineering Jeopardy, constructing a Canada arm from plastic straws, programming a robot, mathematics mental gymnastics, and a physics paper triathlon.

Teachers were also presented with a special challenge event while being cheered on by all the visiting students at the Olympic and Open House tent.

More than $20,000 in McMaster entrance awards were presented to the top student teams in each event. The teachers’ event offered up to $7,000 in tuition awards for students selected by their teachers.

“We are more amazed each year at the talent and ingenuity students show at this event,” said special projects coordinator Gord Ofield. “It’s an opportunity for them to test their skills and share ideas and experiences with their peers. It’s a fun day and we hope the event inspires some future scientists and engineers to come and study at McMaster.”