Concrete takes engineering students down fast
Concrete Toboggans commandeered by engineering students sped down the slopes at Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Ce...
Concrete Toboggans commandeered by engineering students sped down the slopes at Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre in Milton, Ontario on January 29 and 30.
However, none were faster than the all-female team by the host university, McMaster. The McMaster Outlaws achieved a speed of 62 kilometres an hour on a 500-foot downhill slope.
The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race is the largest and longest running national engineering competition in Canada. This year’s 36th annual event drew 400 engineering students from 19 universities.
The students have to design a rig that has a concrete running surface and a metal frame, with a functioning brake, steering, and a roll cage to protect the riders. The toboggan carries five riders and must weigh no more than 300 pounds.
The overall winner this year was the University of Alberta. Second was the University of Calgary, and third was the Université de Sherbrooke. The overall winners are scored based on both the results of the race and the design of the sled, communications and team spirit.
The University of Calgary’s team “The Night of the Living Sled,” won the competition’s first King of the Hill competition.