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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Mathletics Competition 2010

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

National Engineering Month - March 2012

By Terry Gomez, P.Eng.

Children building K’NEX bridges at NEM event at The Museum, Waterloo.

Children building K’NEX bridges at NEM event at The Museum, Waterloo.

National Engineering Month was celebrated in conjunction with the K’NEX event organized by THE MUSEUM in Waterloo on March 3 and 4, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. 

Younger children were afforded the opportunity to build bridges using K’NEX components and these bridges were then loaded to failure by means of wooden blocks.

Another highlight of the celebrations was the demonstration by Kitchener’s Christie Digital of their Vein Viewer, in both free-standing and hand-held versions. This demonstration of advanced technology enabled visitors to these events to observe the veins in their arms.

Several students from the University of Waterloo, a member of Consulting Engineers of Ontario and a few members of the Board of PEO’s GRC volunteered at this event. A good time was had by all!

Demonstration of Christie Digital’s “Vein  Viewer” at NEM
Demonstration of Christie Digital’s “Vein  Viewer” at NEM 

Visit the National Engineering Month web site for more information:

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

Mathletics Competition 2012

By Jonathan Velasco, P.Eng.


Parents look on as students compete in Mathletics 2012 at the School of Engineering, University of Guelph.

Professional Engineers Ontario Grand River Chapter (PEO GRC) held a Mathletics competition among junior and senior grade students in the region. The annual event, in which more than 50 students participated, was held in the Thornbrough Building at the University of Guelph. Despite the chilling weather on February 25, 2012, the atmosphere inside the auditorium was warm and filled with energy. Although the spirit of competition was in the air, the event was a smashing success because everybody came out as a winner. The main objective of promoting the engineering profession to the youth and to their parents was achieved, if not surpassed.

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The Mathletics competition started at 8:50 a.m. and ended up at 12:00 noon. The competition was composed of two rounds each for the junior and senior, an easy round and a difficult round. The math questions were focused on the relevance of engineering in practical life and were designed to enrich the knowledge of the young minds. The auditorium was filled with spectators who cheered for their participants.

Junior category winners were:

  1. Advait Atul Maybhate - Edna Staebler PS
  2. Odelia Chen Edna - Staebler PS
  3. Alexander Vohsemer - Saginaw PS

Senior category winners were:

  1. Da Peng - Waverly Drive PS
  2. James Penwarden - Hespeler PS
  3. Ryan Ghassemi - Stanley Park PS

The event was organized by PEO Grand River chapter volunteers Ryan, Kellie, David, Jeff, Ala, Kent and Jonathan with volunteer support from two-time Mathletics champion Amitan. The search for the next Mathletics champions is on, and the organizers are encouraging engineers to help support and promote the competition to families and friends. No doubt this is the best way to promote the engineering profession to the public, especially to the youth. The organizers will also be open for corporate sponsors to help fund Mathletics 2013.

Please contact any board members listed on the chapter website.

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