WE Go.DEsign is a two day Engineering Design and Research Competition for women in grade 10 and 11 presented by the Goethe-Institut.
The Grand Prize will be a language, engineering and culture trip to Germany during Summer 2016! There are two elements to the competition, a Research Symposium and a Design Challenge. Each element will be judged by Goethe Institut and University of Waterloo faculty and staff, with prizes awarded in each element.
At the research symposium, you will present a research project that demonstrates a connection between Canadian and German innovation or engineering. Think of a science fair style set up!
We don’t need you to solve a problem, write an essay, or invent something - we do want you to find a topic that you are interested in and learn more about it! How you display and demonstrate that knowledge is up to you.
The design challenge will be a surprise and will occur on the competition day!
Prior to the competition you will receive a preparation package and materials (worth up to $75.00). Completing these preparation activities will prepare you for the competition - but may not be a part of, or predict, the day of competition. These activities are designed to get you thinking and learning in the right direction.
How to Apply
Female students are invited to register for the competition in teams of two! You do NOT need to go to the same school, be in the same grade, or even live in the same city (though being able to meet in person beforehand might be helpful!). You do need to have an interest in engineering, be attending high school in grade 10 or 11, and have an interest in travel/global impact!
Your registration must include:
The registration form will ask you for your partner's full name and email address. They will get an automated email reminding them to fill out the registration form for themselves. (Both partners must full out the registration form.)
Statement of Interest
You can be as creative as you like with this! Video, audio, artwork, a poem, the format is up to you; but be sure to show/tell us about: Why do you both want to be a part of the competition? What do you think you might present at the research symposium (this can change later)? What would you find exciting about travelling to Germany?
Letter of Support
This can come from a teacher, neighbour, mentor, employer etc. Someone who knows you (and your partner) and can comment on your interest in engineering, technology, and innovation. They will receive an automated email asking them for their letter of support.
It’s beneficial if this is a person who might be able to answer some of your questions leading up to the competition - how to do effective research? How to problem solve in an engineering environment?
The registration deadline is October 12, 2015. Apply now.