National Engineering Week in Ontario 2008 announces winners of its inaugural art contest



    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The winners of the first National Engineering
Week Ontario Steering Committee (NEWOSC) sponsored art contest have a clear
idea of what the transportation of the future will look like - and it's pretty
exciting.
    The competition asked grade 4 to 12 students in Ontario educational
institutions to discover their inner engineer by illustrating their ideas of
what tomorrow's transportation would look like. "The committee decided to
develop this art contest in order to highlight the creative aspect of
engineering and to further our mandate of encouraging young people to consider
careers in the field," says NEWOSC chair Don Cleghorn, P.Eng.
    Only free-hand illustrations in pencil, crayon, paint or other
two-dimensional art media were permitted along with short narrative
descriptions. The judges were artist and teacher Martha Johnson, children's
book illustrator Michael Martchenko and faculty member of the Ontario College
of Art and Design and professional illustrator Terry Shoffner. "It is always
fun to see the work of uninhibited young artists," says Shoffner.
    The grade 4-to-6 first prizewinner, Jessie Wu, from Tam O'Shanter Public
School in Don Mills created a colourful streetscape of people and vehicles,
stating that in the future people won't have to walk to the store because
vehicles "will come around our city and ask us if we want to buy anything."
    Aaron Zink, the first prize grade 7 to 9 winner from Waterloo Collegiate,
drew detailed specifications for a high-speed luxury transport, which lifts
personal transport modules off the ground. The luxury transport can dock with
new modules on the go using computer guidance, and passengers can exit their
pods to climb to the second level for entertainment while in transit.
    "This transportation system is designed for maximum flexibility, to get
people where they want to go when they want to be there, in maximum comfort,
but also to be energy efficient," writes Aaron. "The focal point of the system
is the Personal Transportation Pod (PTP), which is a single passenger electric
vehicle suitable for in-town driving and everyday use. The High Speed Luxury
Transport assists the PTP in carrying passengers on longer road trips while
increasing overall efficiency."
    The first prizewinner in the grade 10 to 12 category, Clair Nam, from Don
Mills Collegiate, came up with the Globetrotter spaceship, an extremely light
globe-shaped vehicle with a variety of practical uses. The Globetrotter, which
includes a kitchen, a gym, a computer area and bedroom, runs on fuel that uses
energy from the sun, oxygen from the air, distilled water and electricity.
This vehicle not only moves people around Earth but can also be used to travel
through outer space.
    Each of these first place winners receives a Nintendo Wii(TM). Second
prizewinners in grades 4 to 6 receive a complete set of Harry Potter novels;
in grades 7 to 9 second place prizewinners receive a Time Engineers computer
game and a $50 iTunes(R) gift card and second place prizewinners in grades 10
to 12 receive an iPod(R) Shuffle.

    Founded in 1992, National Engineering Week (NEW) is a cross-country
festival of volunteer-organized events. The dates of NEW 2008 in Ontario are
February 23 to March 2. The purpose is to raise public awareness of the
importance of engineering and technology in our daily lives and to encourage
young people to consider careers in engineering and technology.





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For further information: For media information, please contact: Julie
Cohen, Marketing & Communications, National Engineering Week Ontario 2008,
1-877-241-2861, julie@juliebcohen.com

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