Volunteer Requirements ………………………………………. 3
          Why Become Involved      …………………………………       4
          Acknowledgments ……………………………………………            4
          Contact Us   ………………………………………………….            4

     ORGANIZING A CAREER AWARENESS EVENT ……                          5
          Ways to Participate in the Career Awareness Program……………   5
          How to Organize an Event…………………………………………                   5
          Finding Partners or Volunteers……………………………………               6
          How to Create Media Attention for Events ………………………         6
          APEGBC Can Help ………………………………………………                         7
          Reporting The Results …………………………………… …….                   7

     ORGANIZING A CLASSROOM VISIT …………..……………………                     8
          How to Start ……………………………………………………                          8
          APEGBC Resources ……………………………………………                         8
          How to Contact Schools …………………………………………                    9
          How to Develop a Classroom Project ……………………………             9
          Aims and Goals …………………………………………………                         10
          Learning Characteristics………………………………………….                  11
          How to Lead a Discussion…………………………………………                   12
          Presentation Overview ……………………………………………                    13
          Tell Your Own Story ……………………………………………                      14
          How to Make a Presentation Interesting and Fun ……………….     14

          Events/Activities to Consider for Public Venues ………………… 15
          Events/Activities to Consider for the Classroom ………………… 18
          Other Career Awareness Event Ideas to Consider …. …………… 19
          Events/Activities Shared by NEW Ontario ……………………… 21

     EVENT ORGANIZER RESOURCES ………………………………                  23
          Classroom Visits………………………………………………                 23
          Engineering/Geoscience Student Social Events……………… 23
          MathCounts …………………………………………………… 24
          Related Organizations …………………………………………             24
          Contact Us ……………………………………………………… 24

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     Introduction To APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program

APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program             The list of possible activities and events is
provides countless opportunities for          limited only by the imagination.
enthusiastic participants to make the         Elementary students benefit when
public aware of how professional              APEGBC volunteers visit their classroom
engineers and professional geoscientists      and introduce children to fundamental
enhance the quality of life, improve public   engineering and geoscience concepts.
health and safety and protect the
environment, through the application of       High school students learn to recognize
engineering and geoscience. This Guide is     the true-to-life applications of their studies
designed to offer suggestions for new         in applied sciences, and gain direction for
ideas and provides a “How To” to              career preparation
showcase the value of engineering and
geoscience to the public.                     National Engineering and Geoscience
                                              Week, held the first week of March each
APEGBC and its members recognize that         year, is another ideal opportunity to
engineering, geoscience and technology        generate intrigue in careers of engineering
are important to Canada's future and in       and geoscience, for those not reached in
competing in world markets; that to           the elementary or high school systems.
succeed in the future, we need to employ
science and technology today.                 APEGBC is extremely proud of the
                                              participation of the Branches and
The Association reaches out to the            Divisions in making celebrations more
community to make this happen through         dynamic and exciting every year.
the Career Awareness Program. By
bringing attention to its professions         Sound interesting, but not quite sure how
through these activities and programs,        to get started? Read on to make the
APEGBC encourages and nurtures an             planning and organization of APEGBC’s
interest in science and technology in         Career Awareness Program, one to
students at an early age. As long as there    remember.
are volunteers available to organize events
and activities, APEGBC’s Career               You may modify, reproduce or share this
Awareness Program has endless                 Guide. No permission is required, but we
possibilities.                                do ask that you credit the Association of
                                              Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
It encompasses several educational levels,    of BC as your source, when possible.
from elementary to early university, and is
designed to match the yearning for            Volunteers interested in participating in
knowledge as children’s interest in           APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program
engineering and geoscience grows.             are encouraged to visit the website for
                                              more information, and complete the
                                              volunteer form.

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You must be:
     •   proud of your profession and enjoy your work
     •   interested in talking to students about science and science careers
     •   willing to commit at least 5 hours of time to support your profession, BC youth
         and education
     •   young at heart and in spirit
     •   submit a completed volunteer form (available at website)

Why Become Involved
Individuals and organizations benefit when they become involved in APEGBC’s Career
Awareness Program. Here’s how:
    • networking opportunities
    • enhanced corporate reputation for engineering and geoscience
    • improved visibility in the community for the professions
    • develop speaking and presentation skills
    • have fun and rewarding experiences
    • earn credits for your Continuing Profession Development program

APEGBC would like to acknowledge the Career Awareness Committee for their
assistance and input to this Guide. Many thanks also go to Megan Leslie EIT, for her
research and information gathering.

Career Awareness Committee
Daniel St-Pierre PEng, Chair             Megan Leslie EIT
Cathy Marr PEng, Past Chair              John Morgan PEng
Richard Harris PEng                      Irfan Rehmanji EIT
Wendy Ho EIT                             Shahab Sokhansanj PEng PhD
Michelle Lachmann PEng                   Robert Stitt AScT

APEGBC would also like to acknowledge Professional Engineers of Ontario’s National
Engineering Week Committee for their assistance in developing this guide, and providing
interesting activity ideas for Career Awareness in BC.

Contact Us:
Tel: 604-430-8035 Toll-free tel: 1-888-430-8035 Fax: 604-430-8085

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                   Organizing A Career Awareness Event


There are many ways to jump right into APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program. Here are
just a few. Read on for the “How-To” details.
    • When planning an event, choose a formal location and invite branch executive
         and members, engineering and geoscience students, politicians, media, and the
         public. Advertise and thank the sponsors and organizers.
    • Visit classrooms and lead exercises to demonstrate the importance of engineering
         and geoscience in our lives
    • Organize a student competition, contest or workshop to show how math and
         science can be fun
    • Volunteer to judge a local student competition
    • Put on an open-house with tours, lectures, seminars and exhibits
    • Organize a public exhibit at a shopping center, school, library or other public
    • Work with APEGBC to contact newspapers, television and radio stations to
         spotlight local engineering and geoscience projects and the professionals
    • Organize a walking tour or bus tour of major engineering accomplishments in the
    • Sponsor an exhibit at your local library or donate books or videos for a special
         engineering or geoscience section for students
    • Work with Scout and Guide troops, school science and math clubs and other
         community groups to highlight engineering and geoscience careers
    • Make corporate donations of money or materials to local schools and libraries to
         aid math and science education
    • Sponsor teacher workshops or tours in your workplace to help them understand
         how math, science and technology are used in the real world

                               How To Organize An Event
Once you have an idea, develop a plan outlining location, date and time, audience, promotions,
deadlines, materials and funding requirements. Remember you can never start too early!
   • Establish small teams responsible for specific functions of the event plan – i.e. sponsorship,
        publicity, media
   • Keeps costs reasonable. Budget carefully. Invest creativity, rather than money.
   • Encourage sponsors. They gain visibility in the community, build a reputation for
        innovation, and show support of their engineering and geoscience employees
   • Select a venue that is free and easily accessible to the public. Encourage businesses to invite
        participants to their premises for an event.
   • Receive advance permission from mall management. Explain your purposes. Promote
        benefits of increased customer volume to them.
    •   Think safety-for all participants

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Planning a Career Awareness event is more manageable and fun when done in
collaboration with other groups with similar goals, interests or target audiences.
Partnerships help to gather resources, ideas, volunteers and funds. Invite teachers,
parents, and government representatives. They can collaborate on events; organize talks,
exhibits and sponsorships.

Looking for volunteers? Want to become a volunteer for a Career Awareness event,
contact one of the APEGBC Branches listed in the Event Organizer Resource Section of
this guide.


Newspapers, radio and television can seldom resist ordinary people doing extraordinary
things. This is especially true if your event has strong visual appeal and a local

Here are some pointers to create media attention.

1. Develop a public service message.
       Non-commercial notices are usually published or broadcast without charge as a
       community service. Write a brief description of your project, giving location, date
       and time. Clearly indicate “Public Service Announcement” at the top of the page.
       Send this description to media outlets, including community and local
       newspapers, TV, and radio, one week before the event. Address it to City Editor
       or Science Writer. Follow up with a telephone call two days later to confirm
       receipt of the PSA. Remind them one day before the event.

2. Remember that reporters have deadlines and lead-times.
      To appear in a week’s issue, confirm the deadline with the reporter. Early day
      events are easier for TV and daily papers to cover. Generally, Tuesday,
      Wednesday and Thursday are better days for media coverage.

3. Consider asking a local media or government celebrity to participate in the event
       Their presence increases chances of coverage – at least from their radio or TV

4. Expand your PSA into a brief, written description of the event
       Explain who is involved, the background, the significance of the project. Have
       copies available to give to reporter on the day of the event

5. Interviews on the Air require a personal description of the event
        Be prepared in advance. Explain why it is important or interesting. Practise the
        presentation to deliver in one minute or less.

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6. Promote APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program within your organization
       Place articles in newsletters,
       Use internal communication systems to inform employees or members
       Place ads in media (print, radio, etc.)
       Use your imagination

7. Take photographs of the event as it happens
      Photos capture the excitement and action taking place
      Send photos to media as a means of getting coverage

                               APEGBC Can Help
APEGBC can help to publicize your activity by:

    •   Posting a listing of your activity in the Event Calendar section of the Career
        Awareness webpage at: Be sure to advise us of your event
        information as soon as you know the date, time, location and program and let us know
        immediately if any of the details change.
    •   Include a brief listing of your community event in the annual newspaper supplement.
        The listing will be developed from the details you provide for the website.


Please provide APEGBC with a brief report of your activity, including an estimate of the
number of people attracted or involved. Complete contact information is provided in the
Event Organizer Resource Section of this Guide.

Be sure to send your event photos for possible use in the Association’s Innovation
magazine or the Career Awareness section of the website.

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1.     Remember, the objective of a classroom visit is to promote the value of a future
       career in engineering or geoscience to elementary or high school groups.

2.     Set up a committee to plan your program. Depending on the scope and time
       available, you may want to seek the involvement and support of such partners as
       local businesses, engineering and geoscience associations and educators.

3.     Make a list of the schools and specific teachers to be contacted. Don’t overlook
       guidance counselors and career center directors.

4.     Contact the schools or work through a local association chapter.

5.     Ensure you have enough volunteers to meet the demand before you begin the
       school contact program. You may need two volunteers per classroom visit.

6.     To recruit volunteers, approach engineering and geoscience colleagues, local
       universities or colleges or provincial engineering and geoscience association
       chapters. A list is provided in Section 5 of this Guide.

7.     Keep in mind that engineering and geoscience students can team up with
       practicing engineers and geoscientists.


The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia has
many resources available to help make a classroom visit more successful. Following is a
list of resources, a brief description and contact information. To obtain those resources,
not available on the web, please contact Shelley Bruins, Student Program Coordinator at More complete contact information is available in the Event
Organizer Resource Section of this Guide.

For Senior Secondary Schools (Grades 10-12):

APEGBC brochure hand-out —Thinking of a Career in Engineering/Geoscience
APEGBC posters sequel set (3 in a set)
Videotapes for loan:
APEGBC — Engineering: A Vital Force (running time: 8 minutes)
UBC — Engineering Our Future (9 minutes)
UNB — Engineering: Design Tomorrow’s World (10 minutes)

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Special engineering supplement to newspapers (Business in Vancouver)
A guide book to student — Engineering Your Future
APEGBC web site:
National web site:

For Elementary School and Junior Secondary School (K - Grade 10):

APEGBC hands-on activities book — Geer Up For Fun (designed for Grades 6 & 7
students) (
APEGBC posters sequel set (3 in a set)
APEGBC videotape for loan — The Genius of the Engineer: A Winning Team
A handbook for volunteer — Schools, Kids & You (link to PDF version)
Hands-on engineering kit boxes — Biomedical, Canadarm, Collisions, Tensegrity,
Papermaking, Earthquake and Buoyancy
Rulers for handouts (promoting National Engineering Week and the national web site)
APEGBC web site:
National web site:


Develop a list of schools to be contacted in the area. Decide upon elementary or
secondary as the key target audiences. Write a letter to known teachers directly, and
follow up with a phone call. Copy the principal or department head as well. Explain the
offer to make a classroom visit as part of APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program.
(Remember that the interest and cooperation of the classroom teacher is vital to your

Once the teacher is interested in this presentation, try to meet at the school. This personal
contact is an important element in ensuring that the presentation is on target. Ask about
the teacher’s needs and determine the curriculum topics to cover. Outline any equipment
needs, discuss how the teacher can prepare students for the visit, and the possibility of
inviting parents to the presentation. They can be the key to holding the child’s interest


Plan the classroom program based on the needs of the schools to contact. Generally,
presentations follow this format:
    • teacher introduces presenter
    • presenter gives brief opening remarks about his/her background, employer,
       discipline and job
    • presenter shows slides and/or conducts hands-on exercises; (presentation kits are
       available at the APEGBC office)
    • presenter fields questions and answers, and leaves mementos of visit
    • contact the APEGBC office for mementos, while quantities last.

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                                     Aims And Goals

          A school visit can provide opportunities for children to discover that
          engineering and geoscience:
              • can be fun
              • can welcome anyone’s participation
              • involves problem-solving
              • involves the application of physical principles and
                 experimental techniques

          Social Goals
          To increase children’s abilities to make reasoned, thoughtful choices
          and accept the consequences of decisions, and be socially responsible
          and cooperative group participants.

          Personal Goals
          To increase children’s competence as problem-solvers; appreciation
          for personal creative activities, and sense of self-worth.

          Intellectual Goals
          To increase children’s creative and critical thinking skills, skills in
          designing structures, skills in soil sampling, and knowledge of
          engineering and geoscience as applications of the sciences.

          Attitudinal Goals
          To encourage children to be aware of and appreciate engineering and
          geoscience as:
              • a process of exploring, experimenting and discovering rather
                  than as a body of facts;
              • a science that sees problems as opportunities for further

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I t ’s important to know the target audience in order to tailor the presentation to the
group’s characteristics. Talk to the teacher before your visit to see if the presentation
would be age-appropriate and also suitable for any special characteristics of the class.
Hands-on activities are effective at all ages, but are especially useful for younger
students. APEGBC Resources page 8-9 provides some suggestions. The following will
give you an idea of what you can expect from students at different grades.

Kindergarten to Grade 2
      Learn by using their senses and manipulating objects
      Respond well to adult authority
      Have short attention spans
      Like surprises and the unexpected
      Respond well to the highly visual
      Presentations for this age group should incorporate a variety of activities and
      involve frequent changes of pace. Group work and hands-on activities are

Grades 3 to 4
      Thinking tends to be concrete; need to have an example of something in order to
      understand it
      Beginning to conceptualize previously experienced objects
      Understand rules and can follow them
      Ask questions that encourage students to discover answers for themselves.
      Provide an activity before introducing the scientific concept.

Grades 5 to 6
      Respond well to hands-on activities
      Still need concrete examples since they have not yet learned to understand
      This is a critical period in determining students’ continuing participation in
      science and engineering. Get the students involved in the presentation as soon as

Grades 9 to 12
      Exhibit more complex thinking skills
      Can formulate hypotheses
      Able to apply previous knowledge
      Can adapt well to new ideas and technologies
      Lecture presentations can be effective if varied media is used: slides, pictures,
      models, overheads, etc. Use language that the students can understand. Allow
      enough time for discussion. APEGBC Resources pages 8-9 provide some

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Good teachers invest a lot of energy in creating a safe environment where children can
express and explore their ideas. Lecturing has its merits, but chances are that children will
lose interest after a few minutes.

Make children excited about learning. Let them get their hands on something and
experiment with it. After some hands-on messing around, bring them together to talk
about what they have been doing and learning.

Encourage them to think by asking appropriate questions:
   • Use attention-focusing questions such as “What do you notice?” “What can you
      see?” to help students take notice of details.
   • Use paraphrasing and questions that ask for more information to help children
      articulate and clarify their ideas. “You say you think your bridge needs two
      arches. Why do you think so?”
   • Use comparison questions to help children organize their data. “Which is
      stronger, heavier?” In what ways are they alike?
   • Use action questions to encourage experimentation and investigation or
      relationships. “What might happen if….?”
   • Ask open-ended questions and allow students adequate time to think and respond.
   • Listen carefully to the students’ responses in order to frame further questions to
      encourage continued thoughtful examination of ideas. Remember that it takes
      practice to become a good questioner and discussion leader. Don’t be

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Following are some of the key points to cover during the presentation.

1. Describe an Engineering / Geoscience Practitioner
Engineering is everywhere – Engineering crosses into a diversity of careers including
environmental protection, fuel cell technology, power generation, robotics, high tech,
telecommunications, Internet, sustainability, computer software and bio-technology. It is
everywhere - beyond this world buckled in a space shuttle and on this world in building
bridges, designing cars, or exploring the ocean. The P.Eng. designation following a
person’s name means the person is a Professional Engineer who is licensed to practice
engineering in BC.

Geoscience is everywhere - Geoscientists study the Earth to locate mineral resources, to
improve understanding of earth processes, to learn about the composition of rocks, soil
and natural waters, and to study the relationship of earth’s components to natural systems
and human activities. The P.Geo. designation after a person’s name, means the person is
a Professional Geoscientist who is licensed to practice geoscience in BC.

2. Common Values
While engineering/geoscience practitioners do a wide variety of work, all share a love of
problem-solving and knowing that their work will not only make a difference but will
have lasting value.

3. Problem-solvers
People in the fields of engineering and geoscience are not necessarily geniuses, but
usually enjoy math, science, and problem-solving.

4. Math And Science Are Key
Engineering and geoscience practitioners use the same math and science principles that
their young student audiences are learning, to solve real problems and turn ideas into
reality. Using the principles of math and science, professional engineers and professional
geoscientists discover how to make energy from the sun, how to keep our water clean,
how to move us from city to city. They also design many products we use every day.

5. Steps in Engineering and/or Geoscience Work
Generally engineering and geoscience work involves these steps:
    • Identify and define a problem
    • Analyze the problem
    • Design and propose solutions
    • Refine proposals
    • Solve the problem

6. Teamwork Essential
Engineering and geoscience require teamwork. Engineers and geoscientists work together
and with others —technicians, technologists, public officials, etc.— to solve problems.

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    Share Personal Anecdotes With Students:
    What inspiration lead to a career in engineering or geoscience.
    Describe the process to reach the position as an engineer, technologist or technician.

    Give An Overview Of What You Do
    Describe a typical day, whether that includes being in contact with other people, spending
    time in the office or at a site; lab work, work with customers, or overseeing other
    technical personnel.
        • What are the best features about a job in engineering or geoscience
        • What are the most exciting projects. Discuss these in terms that students can
            understand, e.g. how it helped people or was it the first of its kind
        • Show slides or other visuals.

    Draw to a Conclusion
    Engineering and geoscience are all around us every day.
    Engineering and geoscience practitioners are a diverse group but they share a love of
    math, science, and problem-solving.
    They identify, analyze, design, refine and solve problems.
    They are team players.

    For older students, add a section to review the education needed to become an
    engineering or geoscience practitioner. Also advise of the opportunities as a Technologist
    or Technician. Consult the APEGBC website or the Association of
    Applied Science Technologist and Technicians website:

             How To Make A Presentation Interesting And Fun

•   Arrive early enough to prepare before the presentation
•   Dress for a day on the job. Students want the total image
•   Determine objectives, have an attention-grabbing opener, a clear plan, interesting activities for
    students to do and a strong closing
•   Create a distraction-free environment. Rearrange furniture so that the students provide their full
•   Get students involved. Have volunteers help hand out materials, hold models, etc.
•   Ask for participation and try to encourage everyone. Name tags can be helpful in personalizing
    contact with the students
•   Don’t use jargon and be sure that the information presented is at an appropriate level for the
    group. If in doubt, consult the teacher
•   Be enthusiastic and make the presentation fun
•   Follow appropriate safety precautions
•   Get feedback from the teacher and students on the presentation
•   Continue contact with the class. Encourage students to write with their questions. If appropriate,
    offer to arrange field trips to a place of work.
•   Promote activities. Be sure to send a report of your school visits to APEGBC. See the Event
    Organizer Resource Section of this Guide for complete contact information.

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                       PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR


Plan these Career Awareness activities for highly visible venues.

1. Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest

You may not want to walk across these bridges, but let’s see how strong a bridge made
using only100 Popsicle sticks and white glue can be.

      200 Popsicle sticks (whole)
      1 sheet of construction paper for the deck of the bridge
      White glue such as Bondex or Lepages Bondfast glue
      No other materials are permitted

     To load and test the bridges, use a hydraulic jack and load cell, a screw ram
     through a wood loading block, or simply suspend a platform from the bridges and
     add weights.

       There are no step-by-step instructions for this project! The object is to build a
       bridge, using only Popsicle sticks and glue, strong enough for a matchbox car to
       be able to traverse.

Contest Rules
  • The bridge must span a 500 mm gap, with maximum 25mm long bearing pads.
  • Total length of the assembled bridge is not to exceed 550 mm.
  • A minimum length overall of 520 mm is advised. Bridges spanning less than the
      500 mm gap, are disqualified.
  • Design the bridge to support the highest load possible along a longitudinal loading
      plate, as described above. Span this plate over multiple transverse supports on the
      deck of the bridge.
  • Design the roadway portion of the bridge to support a 38 mm x 3.8mm x 300 mm
      long loading plate.
  • Design the uppermost portion of the bridge to accommodate a 38 mm diameter-
      loading strut, vertically positioned at the centre of the bridge, from the loading
      plate to above the bridge superstructure. Loading strut must pass through any
      cross bracing and be able to fasten onto the loading plate.

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Testing the Bridges
1 Weigh all bridges before they are loaded. The lightest bridge wins in the event
   of a tie.
2. Load the bridge using a hydraulic jack and a load cell. Deliver the test force to a
   loading plate placed on the deck via a vertical strut projecting above the bridge. See
   diagram below. Bridges not fitting the apparatus are disqualified.
3. The jacks will be manually actuated to produce as rapid and uniform an application of
   force as possible, given the test equipment. Testing will proceed rapidly and as
   uniformly as the equipment will allow.

The maximum capacity of the bridge will be based on the highest of either: the maximum
load accepted by the bridge as measured on the load cell during the loading cycle; or the
load supported by the bridge at a deformation of 50 mm at the centre of the bridge.


Directions to Organizers
Sign up:      Specify several locations where people can sign up, pay, and pick up
Contest Fee: $10 (with $5 to be refunded at the event)
Schedule:     Opening ceremonies, Contests for under13 years, 13-18 years, over18
              years, Awards ceremony. Prepare participation certificates for all,
              providing money prizes as available to each category winner. Look for
              sponsors for these.

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2. Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest

Spaghetti Bridges give an entirely new meaning to “suspension bridges”, when made
with cooked pasta. However for this contest, pre-boiling is not required. With only
spaghetti and glue/epoxy, the object of this contest is to construct a bridge that will carry
the heaviest load while still meeting specifications. Bridges will be loaded until they fail.

      Spaghetti (cylindrical forms of pasta)
      Glue, epoxy or resin

     Weights to be added to the bridges

       Construct a free-standing bridge to span two level surfaces, one meter apart using
       only spaghetti, or other cylindrical forms of pasta and epoxy or resin glue.
       Support the bridge from the top of the level surfaces.

Contest Rules
         • The bridge must include a decking of spaghetti to provide a suitable road
              surface at least 5cm wide across the full span of the bridge.
         • Gaps in the bridge deck are not to exceed 2 mm, so that a block of wood
              (5 cm x 5cm x 10 cm) representing a car can move along the length of the
              decking unobstructed, from end to end.
         • The deck of the bridge must not be more than 5 cm above or below the
              ends of the bridge at any point along its length.
         • A "loading platform" consisting of a U-bolt secured to a piece of plywood
              (0.7 cm x 5 cm x 10 cm), must be attached at the center of the bridge.
         • The bottom of the U-bolt should be no more than 5 cm from the top of the
              bridge decking.
         • All loads will be suspended from this U-bolt, and there must be a clear
              space directly below it to allow loads to be attached.
         • Loads will be attached using an S-hook, and, if necessary, a 10 mm
              diameter metal rod extension. The bridge will be disqualified if, during
              loading, it gains additional support by twisting and touching the rod, other
              than the U-bolt.
         • The maximum vertical depth of the bridge, from the highest point in its
              structure to the lowest cannot exceed 50 cm. The maximum weight of the
              bridge including the loading platform must not exceed 0.75 kilograms.

     Sign up:       Specify several locations where people can sign up, and pick up
       Contest Fee: None

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       Schedule:      Opening ceremonies, Contests for less than13 years, 13-18 years,
                      more than18 years, Awards (Participation certificates to all, money
                      prizes as available to each category winner. Look to sponsors for

3. Science Fairs

Become involved in Science Fairs as part of APEGBC’s Career Awareness program.
activities. Judge, organize, or present awards. Visit the Science Fair of British Columbia
website for lists of existing science fairs around the province.

4. Tours

Find one, or more, exciting company (companies) for a tour. Organize a group and
arrange safe transportation.


1. Poster or Essay Contest

Challenge young minds to depict engineering and geoscience topics in art form, by
organizing a poster contest according to one of these topics: Engineering & Geoscience
in your town; What Engineering & Geoscience mean to you; Your favorite Engineering
or Geoscience invention; Who is your Engineering or Geoscience hero?

       Anything goes! Enjoy the creativity of young students.

2. MathChallengers

Remind young students how much fun math can be! Hold a MathChallengers coaching
and competition program in the classroom. This is perfect for grade 8-9 students. For
detailed instructions about MathChallengers, please refer to the following website:

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3. Engineer/Geoscientist For A Day

To get grade school students thinking about a future career in engineering or geoscience,
show them what it is like to be a professional engineer or professional geoscientist for a

Here’s How
   • Find engineers/geoscientists who are willing to volunteer a day of their time to a
   • Talk to a local junior/high school guidance counselor or teacher to help recruit
       students for each of the volunteers
   • Encourage the engineer/geoscientist volunteers to plan a day of hands on
       activities to convince the students that engineering/geoscience is a career to


1. Mall Presentations

Inform the public about the numerous ways engineering and geoscience benefit our daily

Here’s How
   • Create an eye-catching exhibit to display at a busy mall.
   • Recruit some enthusiastic branch members
   • Have an ongoing demonstration
   • Be ready for questions!

2. Evening Lecture

Young, enthusiastic minds can never hear enough about the diverse roles engineers and
geoscientists play in improving their daily lives, through their work. This is the time to
educate students about the countless fields of study and work

Here’s How
   • Find an enthusiastic engineer or geoscientist to speak to a group
   • Pick a date/time/location
   • Contact and advertise to the engineering or geoscience society at a local
       university, and to the public. Make it a regular event, annual or monthly, for

Contact Information
Please refer to the Event Organizer Resources Section of this guide

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3. Egg Drop

Eggs in a classroom spell calamity, fraught with giggles from a captivated audience. This
effect could be magnified if conducted in a more public venue, such as a shopping mall.
An Egg-Drop Competition has a serious side, too. The objective is to design and build a
device or package that will safely deliver a raw, medium-sized egg from a free height of
approximately 35 feet.

A ladder to gain height to drop the egg and a tarp to minimize mess

Contest Rules
  • Construct an Egg-Drop device of original design. Take pictures!
  • Use only team-approved recycled materials (trash), but no glass containers
  • The initial opening of the device must be 15 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm cube. Once the
      device is released, it may take any shape or size.
  • Hands off once released!
  • Only on the day of the competition, may the egg be placed in the Egg-Drop
  • The design of the Egg-Drop device must allow for easy opening and inspection of
      the egg.
  • Opening and closing of the packages will be accomplished in the same period of
      time for all contestants (2 minutes).
  • No repairs allowed once the competition has begun.
  • "Free Fall" indicates the use of gravitational acceleration forces only, therefore no
      propulsion devices or air drag devices are permitted.
  • Have fun!

4. A Made-in-BC Wine & Cheese/Beer & Pizza Student Social

The Challenge
For the older students only, arrange for professional engineers and geoscientists to mingle
with engineering and geoscience science university students.

Pick a date/time/location. Consider September before students get busy or after school,
perhaps in the students bar.
Gather as many enthusiastic branch members as you can for the event
Arrange for the engineering /geoscience society or department to provide the pizza and
the Branch will provide the beverages

Contact Information
Please refer to the Event Organizer Resources Section of this guide

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The engineers in Ontario have come up with some great ideas for National Engineering
Week Ontario that double for Career Awareness activities in BC. In BC add geoscience
ideas to make these more relevant. APEGBC’s Career Awareness Program is an
opportunity to take a more active role to promote the public image of the professions and
celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the practices of professional
engineering and professional geoscience.

Here are just a few of the innovative activities organized in the past years. Let them
stimulate imaginative ideas for future activities. Let us know your ideas and we’ll add
them to a BC version of this list!

1. Paper Jet Competition
The Chatham-Kent Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario invited Grade 5-8 students
from local schools to design, construct and test paper jets. Judging was in three
categories: most innovative design, longest distance and most accurate throw.

2. Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
The University of Waterloo engineering students tried playing basketball from
wheelchairs, and found it was no “slam-dunk.” All funds raised went to charity and a
good time was had by all!

3. GET SET 2003 (Guiding Explores Technology/Scouting Explores Technology)
The London Chapter of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and
Technologists gave local Guides and Scouts a chance to experience engineering and
technology as they apply to industries in the London area. Local businesses displayed
projects and products at a series of “Tech Tables”. Participants took part in “Tech Tours,”
“Tech Talks”” and hands-on “Tech-Tasks”.

4. Engineers are Everyday Heroes Workshops
The London Regional Children’s Museum hosted workshops to create entries to the “Be
an Engineering Hero: Design a Spaceship for Tumbleweed Contest.” Youngsters used
recycled materials to create a new spaceship for their pet hamster, Tumbleweed.

5. Western Engineering Bonanza
The University of Western Ontario Student Engineering Society sponsored a special
engineering awareness day for senior secondary schools. Included were presentations,
demonstrations and a luncheon.

6. Build a Rainforest Treetop Walkway
The York Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario hosted a design challenge for Grade
7 and 8 students in cooperation with the York Region District School Board.
Students were required to imagine what it’s like to be a researcher in the rainforests of
Peru and build a walkway to their research site high in the treetops, using only the
materials they have carried into the jungle.

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7. Planetary Exploration Transport Project
The National Research Council Canada and the Ottawa Chapter of Professional
Engineers Ontario worked with Grade 5 students from three Ottawa Carleton Catholic
School Board schools on this exciting, special project. The purpose was to construct a
space module that could withstand an increasingly high drop without damage to its cargo,
and land close to its target. Engineers and Carleton University engineering students
helped students design construct and test the structures.

8. Road To Engineering
The North Toronto Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario organized a special field
trip for students from three Toronto high schools. Accompanied by professional
engineers and Ryerson Polytechnic University and University of Toronto engineering
students. The participants travelled to the Ontario Science Centre for the day and
attended sessions of the Engineering Week presentation series to learn about the road to a
career as an engineer.

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                       Event Organizer Resources

Classroom Visits
For APEGBC resources, please contact Shelley Bruins at or see the
APEGBC Resources section of this guide book.

Engineering Student Social Events
      UBC Engineering
      Faculty of Applied Science
      CEME Building 2006-2324 Main Mall
      Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4         Tel: 604-822-6413 Fax: 604-822-7006
      email:       web:

       SFU Engineering
       Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering Science
       Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive,
       Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6                 Tel: 604-291-4371 Fax: 604-291-4951
       email:      web:

       UVic Engineering
       Faculty of Engineering
       University of Victoria, PO Box 3055, EOW 248
       Victoria, BC V8W 3P6                Tel: 250-721-8677Fax: 250-721-8676
       email:     web:

       UNBC Environmental Engineering
       Faculty of Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering
       3333 University Way
       Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9          Tel: 250-960-6250 Fax: 250-960-5845
       email:              web:

Geoscience Student Social Events

UBC Earth & Ocean Sciences
     Faculty of Science,
     Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, 6339 Stores Road
     Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4             Tel: 604-822-2449 Fax: 604-822-6088

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SFU Earth Sciences
      Faculty of Science, Earth Sciences Department
      Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive
      Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6                 Tel: 604-291-5387 Fax: 604-291-4198
UVic Earth & Ocean Sciences
      School of Earth & Ocean Sciences
      University of Victoria, PO Box 3055 STN CSC
      Victoria, BC V8W 3P6                Tel: 250-721-6120 Fax: 250-721-6200
      email:             web:


Related Organizations
For an extensive contact list of related organizations and technical associations, please
refer to the APEGBC web site at:

Volunteer Recruits
For Volunteer Recruits contact your local Branch for suggestions. Visit for specific contact information for
each Branch.

For other Volunteer Recruits, approach engineering and geoscience colleagues, and local
universities or colleges.

Contact Us

APEGBC                                        Internet:
#200 – 4010 Regent Street
Burnaby, BC                                   Ms. Shelley Bruins, Student Program
V5C 6N2                                       Coordinator
Tel: 604-430-8035                             Direct line: (604) 412-4860
Toll-free tel: 1-888-430-8035                 E-mail:
Fax: 604-430-8085

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