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Saturday, 25 March 2017 00:06

K'nex Bridge Building Competition 2017

By Jonathan Velasco


The 2017 K'nex  bridge building competition took place at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, March 18-19, 2017 from 10am- 4pm. K’nex bridge building is one of the best ways to introduce kids to the world of engineering!

The competition was organized by Grand River Chapter PEO volunteers headed by Terry Gomez, in cooperation with the staff at THEMUSEUM.  Student volunteers from University of Waterloo Engineering Society and from Sir John A Macdonald and Waterloo Collegiate Institute High Schools were instrumental in the success of the 2-day event.

The children visiting the museum were challenged to build bridges using K’nex build sets.  Each structure was then tested for strength using bricks as the bridge load.  This year K'Nex Industries Inc donated 25 prizes for the lucky winners!

The event brought out the imagination and creativity of young minds. Parents and guardians also got involved in teaching their children engineering techniques necessary to build a strong bridge.

Parents were very appreciative of the volunetter efforts as their children were encourage to become more creative and rise up to the challenge.  As one of the volunteers, it was fulfilling to affect the lives of young people who may someday become the future leaders of the engineering profession.


Deserving Students Receive Engineering Scholarship

By Jonathan Velasco

2016 Scholarship Winners


Christmas Break 2016 was exciting for three of the many applicants for the PEO Grand River Chapter annual scholarship grants.  When Jonathan Sun (University of Waterloo), Allison Chow (University of Waterloo) and Loreta Chan (University of Guelph) came back to school after the holidays, they discovered they were the winners of the 2016 Engineering Scholarships offered by PEO Grand River Chapter, and through corporate sponsorship from Hitachi Truck Manufacturing, and JMP Engineering.

Jonathan Sun received the $1000 PEO Scholarship; Allison Chow received the $1000 JMP Engineering Grant, while Loreta Chan received the $1500 Hitachi Truck Manufacturing Grant, which is offered exclusively to University of Guelph students.  Both JMP Engineering and Hitachi Truck Manufacturing have been generous sponsors for many years.

The judges from the PEO Grand River Chapter board all admitted that this year’s applicants were very competitive and entries were very difficult to score.  These scholarships are offered to first year students enrolled at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo or Conestoga College, and who are enrolled in an accredited engineering program.   All applicants submitted an essay describing their extra-curricular activities, their community involvement, and most importantly, reasons why they want to become a Professional Engineer.  PEO Grand River Chapter will continue to recognize exemplary students who will one day become leaders in the engineering profession. The scholarship committee will continue to search for corporate sponsors in order to recognize as many deserving engineering students as possible.

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From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.


The Grand River Chapter PEO along with the Civil Environmental and Geological Engineering Society of the University of Waterloo invite Grand River Chapter P.Engs, EITs, CETs and their families, including children grades K to 12, to the exclusive screening of MacGillivray Freeman's Dream Big 3D IMAX Film at Landmark Cinemas 12 Kitchener on Saturday, April 15th 2017.  Doors open at 9:00 am.  Check out the Sneak Peek Trailer!


Registration for this event is FREE and is being offered to Grand River PEO members and their families first. Registration is closed.


Please download and print Landmark Cinema Admission Ticket and Concession Coupon HERE.  

Please Note: Both the Eventbrite ticket and Landmark Cinema Admission ticket must be presented at the theater to gain admission, for each attendee.

MacGillivray Freeman's

Dream Big, Engineering Our World

in Partnership with the 

American Society of Civil Engineers

Presented by

Bechtel Corporation


This event is regionally sponsored by:

Grand River Chapter PEO, Civil Environmental and Geological Engineering Society of University of Waterloo

in cooperation with Landmark Cinemas