23rd annual Engineering and Science Olympics
High school students converged on McMaster last week for the 23rd annual Engineering and Science Olympics.
More than 1,200 students from across Ontario had their science, engineering and math skills put to the test in an attempt to win more than $20,000 in McMaster tuition.
Deborah McIvor, special projects coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering, has been involved with the event for six years and says its enrollment has grown exponentially.
“The Engineering and Science Olympics is an opportunity for high school students to interact with undergrads, grads and faculty at McMaster. The competitions, along with the campus tours and lectures given by professors in their own field of study, give the students a realistic feel of what they will encounter if they enroll at Mac,” she said.
Olympic events included chemical forensics, a mini-car jump, biotechnology activities, an egg high jump, a physics paper triathlon and the building of a mechanical transporter. Along with these competitive events students also took part in design challenges, demonstrations, lectures, tours and planetarium shows. High school teachers who accompanied their students were also tested in a competition to win up to $1,500 for first place in tuition awards for their students.