National Engineering Month - Design Challenge 2016


Design Challenge 2016 was a huge success. 16 teams from across the York Region (grade 7 & 8 students) competed to design and build the best helicopter rotor. Each team's performance was evaluated based on their understanding of the concept, the implementation of the concept into their design, their workmanship and durability of the finished rotors, and of course the amount of lift that was created plus the efficiency of the rotor.

Even though some team's design performed better than others, every team had a fun time watching the heavy chains being lifted by the rotor they have just created. Loud cheers were heard throughout the competition.

Check out the photos at the Photo Gallery.

Team standings are listed below:


2016 NEM Design Challenge Rankings
Rank School
1 Aldergrove Public School (Phoenix)
2 Aldergrove Public School (Grove)
3 Beverley Acres Public School
4 TMS School
5 Julliard Public
6 All Saints CES
7 Beverley Acres PS(1)
8 Silver Stream Public School
9 Beckett Farm P.S.(1)
10 Beckett Farm P.S.(2)
11 Wellington Street PS
12 Thornhill Woods Public School
13 Adrienne Clarkson PS
14 Armitage Village PS
15 Astronuts Kids Space Club
16 Bayview Hill E.S.


Location: Sir William Mulock SS, 705 Columbus Way, Newmarket, Ontario, L3X 2M7

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 4 - 8pm (Pizza dinner is provided)


Apply science and technology for fun and prizes!

The Professional Engineers Ontario - York Chapter Education Committee is organizing an Engineering Design Challenge for grades 7 and 8 students in York Region.

The Design Challenge: Helicopter Rotor

rotor 1 rotor 2

The focus of this design challenge is for students to design and build a helicopter rotor. The helicopter rotor can consist of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 blades, and the blades can vary in shapes and sizes. However, all rotors have one thing in common: They create lift when rotated at high speed.

Students are encouraged to engineer the most efficient design that will compete against other teams’ designs for the most lift that can be created. The design requirements, limitations and materials will be provided at the start of the challenge.

Designs will be judged in three categories:

  1. Problem Solving and Design
  2. Construction
  3. Performance Evaluation

Students will plan, build and test their designs using materials provided.

Registration is limited to a maximum of 20 teams from schools within the York Region. To maximize the number of participating schools, we limit registration to 1 team per school and place the additional teams on a waiting list.

Each team consist of 4 students and 1 teacher/adult representative(not contributing to the design process).

The entry fee is $80 per team and it is payable on-line. PEO is a non-profit organization and all proceeds go towards the students and the event.

There are prizes for the top three teams, and each student will receive a National Engineering Month t-shirt and a certificate of participation.

Please read the consent form before registration. By registering for the Design Challenge, you agreed to the terms of the consent form.

Register between Monday February 22 and Tuesday March 22 by 8:00 p.m. at:

For more information please contact:
Steve Poste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), York Region District School Board, Centre for Leadership and Learning, Newmarket Education Centre, or Lui Tai, P. Eng. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) PEO York Chapter, Education Director.

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