The Engineering Games is the largest engineering competition in Quebec and the largest engineering student gathering in the province. Participants will be required to measure their academic, technical, athletic and social skills during this competition. They will need to demonstrate team spirit and personal achievement in order to overcome the challenges they will face during this event.
The robotic machine competition is the main event and the most difficult challenge of the Engineering Games. This is one of the events that requires sustained work by delegations throughout the fall before the Games. The challenge is to manufacture a machine that will overcome the various obstacles of a predetermined journey. The manufacture of this machine requires the training of multidisciplinary teams that will have to invest a lot of time in order to achieve a highly competitive prototype.
Each team will have to work on ingeniousness and creativity as well as develop the synergy necessary to create a robotic machine that meets the judges’ expectations while respecting the specifications. The participants in this competition will therefore use their engineering knowledge in addition to managing a budget dedicated to the purchase of material resources and developing transformations to make their ideas a reality.
The robotics machine competition is a highly publicized event open to the public and is the pride of the delegations and the organizing committee.
The entrepreneurship competition is a challenge that will lead its participants to apply related and important skills in an innovative environment. This is one of the two competitions that requires a lot of preparation before arriving at the engineering games.
The event, which is divided into three parts, includes the development and production of a prototype for a new product that addresses a predefined issue, the writing of a business plan to justify the choice of the product, its viability, and its implementation from the perspective of an emerging company, as well as the preparation of a short sales speech to convince judges that this is the best solution for the issue.
Participants must have completed the prototype and business plan before they arrive at the Engineering Games. The sales pitch will be made in front of a group of 3 to 5 judges who will then choose the 5 best products in order to give these universities the opportunity to make their presentation in front of all the participants of the engineering games on the last day.
The academic exams include the six most taught engineering disciplines in Quebec in addition to the consulting engineering category. The competitions take place in the morning during which the teams must answer a theoretical questionnaire and carry out a practical test in the form of a montage, a laboratory experiment or a case study related to a specific field of engineering. To do this, each delegation is divided into sub-groups of four to six people according to the participants’ fields of expertise and participants. The latter thus take up a challenge covering all the topics covered during the their university education. A challenge for the next generation of engineers!
It is by drawing inspiration from the adage “a healthy mind in a healthy body” that the sports events have made their way into the competition program. The day dedicated to these events are an opportunity for delegations to stand out in a field other than that of engineering and to demonstrate their versatility. Sports tournaments will not only focus on on individual athletic skills but also on team spirit and effort, two of the most important values of the competition.
To add a little entertainment to all these events, cultural competitions are on the menu, including improvisation, oratory debates and “génie en herbe”. They allow delegations to showcase their hidden talents and share their skills that complement those required in engineering. The improvisation competition is an energetic and colourful evening, where teams use their imagination, receptiveness and speed of execution. Oratory debates allow two participants from each university to demonstrate their oratory skills. They must convince the judges by developing a strong argument that will supplant that of their opponents. Then, the “génie en herbe” competition pits four members of each delegation against each other who will use their general knowledge to answer questions on a variety of topics as quickly as possible.
Finally, we must not forget the cultural evening, which takes place in the form of a networking evening. This is a golden opportunity to exchange and expand your professional network with partners in a very friendly atmosphere.