We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions for the Ryerson Engineering Competition. We hope that you can find the answers to any questions you may have below.
What is the Ryerson Engineering Competition?
The Ryerson Engineering Competition (REC) is an annual competition that gives young engineers the chance to showcase their skills in a number of categories. Student will be required tackle real world challenges under a limited time and materials budget; after which they will present to industry representatives and get to participate in a great networking opportunity. Biggest of all, winning teams of each competition get the chance to move on to the Ontario level, and possibly even to the national Canadian Engineering Competition!
What do you get for winning?
The top three teams get cash prizes (of $250, $350 and $450, for third, second, and first place respectively). The top team in each category will be sponsored to go free-of-charge to the provincial Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) to compete against other schools, and if they win there, they will go on to compete in the national Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). This year, the Ontario Engineering Competition 2017 will be held at Carleton University, and the Canadian Engineering Competition 2017 will be held at the University of Calgary.
When is the competition?
The competition is going to be held on the weekend from Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 6th. Note though that no competition category runs the full weekend. Junior and senior design both run Friday to Saturday, building on the Friday evening and presenting on the Saturday, while the remaining (Programming, Consulting, and Communications) will receive their challenge on Saturday and present on the Sunday. Please refer to the weekend schedule for more details and to know when you’re category will be held: http://ryengcomp.ca/schedule/ (a detailed breakdown by competition will be available shortly)
How do I register?
Once you have a team together and have decided on a competition category, fill out the sign up form at: http://ryengcomp.ca/signup/
Where will the competition be held?
The Ryerson Engineering Competition will be held on campus at Ryerson in the much beloved, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
Will there be food?
Food and refreshments will be provided for the Friday only! Please either eat before, after, or bring your own snacks and drinks. Please do not bring any snacks containing peanuts!
What is it?
Teams will be given a design challenge based off a general level of engineering knowledge (such as forces, mechanics, etc.) and will be required to build a working prototype using limited time and resources. Teams will then be required to prove their design by actively completing the given challenge, as well as making a complete presentation on their design. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.
Who can compete?
In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, inclusively, all of whom must be full time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students enrolled in either first or second year.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a laptop for the presentation! Otherwise, all materials will be provided.
What am I allowed to use?
All materials will be provided at the beginning of the competition. No use of cellphones, internet or outside help is allowed. You will need to bring a laptop, but only for the purpose of working on the presentation. You may not bring your own tools or materials.
Will we be able to test our prototype before judging?
Yes, you’ll be able to test your prototype a limited number of times in the given area. Details about the number of times, duration allowed, and where the test area will be will be provided at the competition.
How much time do I have?
Building time begins at 7pm sharp in your designated rooms. Be sure to arrive at 6:00pm in order to register and get your designated build area. You will be given 5 hours to finish both the prototype and presentation, though you will be allowed to leave before the allotted time is up.
What will be submitted?
The presentation must be submitted in a PDF format, along with the prototype at the end of the 5 hours. A representative will come around with a USB key 10 to 15 minutes before the end of the session for your presentation to be put on. You may not change anything on the presentation once it has been submitted.