On March 5, 28 Niagara Catholic students in Grade 11 and 12 at Notre Dame College School and Denis Morris, Saint Michael and Saint Paul Catholic High Schools competed in the second annual Design-Build Gantry Crane Challenge at Niagara College’s Rankin Technology Centre. The event was sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO)’s Niagara Chapter, as a way of celebrating Professional Engineering Week in Ontario.
Notre Dame College, Saint Michael Catholic High School and Saint Paul Catholic High School each submitted two teams, while Denis Morris Catholic High School submitted just one entry. During the competition, the teams of four had four hours to make a Gantry Bridge using popsicle sticks, string, cardboard, a motor and plastic gears . The bridge which could hold the most weight was declared the winner.
In the end, the single team from Denis Morris Catholic High School emerged as the winner, and received $400 for their effort. The B Team from Saint Michael Catholic High School received $300 for their second-place finish, and the B Team from Notre Dame College School received $200 for finishing third.