Two New Teams Added to U of A Engineering Week Tradition


University of Alberta
Student Contributor



It’s the most wonderful time of the year

With the students competing

And everyone telling you “We’re Engineers!”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Whether you are currently an engineering student or a past engineering student, or you simply want to be an engineering student, this modified quote taken from the famous song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year can only mean one thing: it’s Engineering Week again!

Engineering Week, held over the second week of January, is the time of year when engineering students break into teams and are pitted against each other in a flurry of heated competition. Teams are defined by their individual disciplines, but this year we also had two non-traditional teams join in the fun.

Along with the computer, chemical/materials, civil/environmental, electrical, first-year, physics, mechanical, and mineral/petroleum engineering teams, we had new entries in the form of a social engineering team and a business/arts team. The addition of teams such as these has never occurred before in the history of Engineering Week.

At the end of the week the team with the most points wins bragging rights for the rest of the year. But it is not just this reward that drives engineering students to compete. It’s not just the fun of the activities or the challenge of the events.
It’s also the people, the esprit de corps if you will, that makes this event worth all the work.

The camaraderie and faculty pride nurtured during Engineering Week help make our faculty unique. No other faculty on campus boasts an event as large and long-running and as Engineering Week.

Often, students searching for a university look at campus life as well as educational prestige. The phrase is often passed around: “There is more to life than your studies.” Engineering Week, therefore, helps keep the University of Alberta’s engineering program a good choice for a well-rounded education.

Six Decades and Counting
Engineering Week dates from 1939, making this year its 66th anniversary. With this long-standing event come many traditions.

Probably the most well known is the Engineers’ Ball, the longest-running social event on campus. There is speculation that an engineers’ banquet occurred even before the birth of Engineering Week.

The event has evolved from a simple banquet to a full ball, complete with dinner, dancing and entertainment. It is here that Engineering Week’s individual and overall winners are announced.

Other events include a special newspaper called The Godiva, which features a full-page splash from each club promoting its team’s theme, battle of the bands, tug of war, movie night (for which each club has to put together a movie related to its theme) and poster design.

A more involved event is the design competition, which has each team given limited materials and a task. Each team, using as many of the supplied materials as necessary, has an hour to build a contraption that completes the task.

Teams are scored on their presentations of solutions, as well as the effectiveness of their contraptions.
This year the task was to build a protective vehicle for an egg. When egg and vehicle were dropped from six floors up, the egg was supposed to remain unbroken.

Community Benefits
Along with events to benefit the students and esprit de corps, there are events that are support the greater community.

The first event of the week is a tech display at the Odyssium, which educates the public on university projects. A blood collection drive awards points to teams based on the number of people who donate blood. This year, donation numbers also went toward an Emergency Response Team competition between Edmonton and Calgary.

A food drive through the week has each team receiving points based on the number and types of items brought in.

The overall success of this week was due to the tireless efforts of student volunteers. Engineering Week and its positive impact on students couldn’t have happened without them.


-Photo courtesy of the Engineering Students’ Society

Mechanical engineering students work a round of tug-of-war. Winners of the Engineering Week competitions were the students of the civil engineering program, mechanical placed second.


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