Engineering Challenge Workshops
Calling all creative, imaginative, outside-the-box thinkers (pun intended)! Think you've got what it takes to be the next WondrBolt Engineer of the Month? Then join us at the WondrBolt Cardboard Engineering Challenge Workshop and show us what you've got!
Up to 6 teams of 2 builders each will be putting their creativity and engineering skill to the test in a three-hour problem solving challenge. Each team will be provided a set of materials and a WondrBolt kit specifically designed for the day's challenge. The day's engineering challenge will be announced at the start of the workshop, after which a 30 minute tutorial and some cardboard building concepts will be presented.
Following the tutorial will be a short brainstorming session, after which the challenge will begin! The last 30 to 45 minutes of the workshop will be for the final presentation of each team's solution to the engineering challenge.
During the presentation period at the end of the workshop, each team will present their construction to the entire group and explain how they believe it will function to address the challenge. The construction will then be tested against the day's challenge. Presentations will be taped and posted on the WondrBolt Facebook group for commentary and judging by our panel of 3 judges.
Each project will be evaluated in 2 different ways: By a panel of 3 judges, and by a popular vote. All judging and voting will take place on the WondrBolt Facebook group over a period of one week following the workshop.
1) Evaluation by a panel of 3 judges:
The panel of 3 judges will evaluate each construction based on the following criteria:
- Did the construction succeed at solving the day's challenge.
- Were the design and build guidelines followed.
- The build quality of the construction.
- The overall aesthetic of the construction.
- Good teamwork.
The judges comments will be posted on our facebook page, and the winning construction will be announced there. Each member of the winning team will be awarded a special prize.
2) Popular Vote
Members of the WondrBolt Facebook group can also vote on the construction they like the best. You can vote for your own build, and you can invite your friends to vote as well. The popular vote winners will be announced 1 week after the workshop, to give you enough time to spread the word and grow your votes. The winning construction will be announced on the 7th day. Each member of the winning team will be awarded a special prize.
Please note the following information and requirements for the workshop:
- Liability waiver and safety training acknowledgement will need to be signed by all participants (parents) at the workshop in order to participate.
- All public health guidelines in place at the time of the workshop must be followed by all participants and hosts, including masking (if still in effect) as well as capacity limits.
- The workshop and participants may be photographed, video taped, or live streamed with the intention of posting clips on our Facebook group, Instagram feed, and website. All participants / parents will need to sign a permission form / waiver to allow these videos to be posted online for the purpose of showcasing and promoting the workshop on social media and on our website.
- At least one parent must be present during the entire workshop. Snacks and beverages (coffee, tea, juice, etc) will be available to be purchased from the restaurant.
- Workshop is taking place in a restaurant, so exposure to potential food-based allergens is a possibility. Please ask us if you have specific concerns about this prior to purchasing your tickets.
- There are no refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of the event.
- While WondrBolt is a business, the workshops themselves are not for profit. The ticket price is meant to cover material costs for the workshop, and to help prevent no-shows that can affect the workshop experience for the other participants. Hosts and judges are volunteering their time to run the workshops and judge the entries - please be considerate of the effort involved in organizing an event like this, and let us know as far in advance as possible if your plans change and you will not be attending.
- While our challenge workshops can be competitive, they are also meant to be fun and promote healthy competition. Aggressive or disruptive behaviour towards hosts, judges, or other participants is not allowed and can result in disqualification from the challenge.
Are the teams randomly selected of can we join as a premade team?
You are welcome to join as a team! Just buy 2 tickets in the same transaction and we will ensure you are paired up together.
Can we join as a team of 3?
We find that the workshop will function much better in teams of 2, however we will consider a team of 3 in special circumstances. Please contact us and describe your circumstance if you would like to register as a team of 3.
Is there an age requirement or limit?
We have found that the 9 to 12 age range is ideal for our workshops, however you can make a special request to have someone outside of that age range join the workshop if you like. Key considerations are manual dexterity, engineering instinct, and ability to have fun in a competitive environment. We also do not want large age discrepancies between the participants as this can create an unfair competitive environment.
How will the videos and photographs taken during the workshop be used?
All videos and photographs taken by our photographer during the workshop may be used on our Facebook page, Facebook Group, and Instagram account for the purpose of showcasing the constructions as well as promoting the workshop and the WondrBolt construction kits.
What is the "special prize"?
The actual prize changes for each workshop. But we can tell you that each participant of the winning team will get a prize. The prize is a product that fits the STEAM / construction theme of the workshops, and each prize is approximately $40 to $50 in value.
Do we get to take home our constructions?
Yes! You are allowed to take home your construction - but bear in mind that your team will only be building a single construction in most cases. So you may have to decide which team member gets to take it home.
Are parents allowed to help?
Parents are permitted to provide basic assistance to their kids without interfering with the creative process. For example, if a participant is having difficulty cutting cardboard, requires help in assembling parts or testing the final construction, or even if a participant needs encouragement or some inspirational cues. Parents can also participate in the initial brainstorming process as well. We ask however that parents do not try to direct the construction process.