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Look out Canaries…Camosun’s Shark car is heading your way!

June 10, 2010

Once again, Camosun puts the fun into fundraising, as our Mechanical Engineering Technology students enter the annual Canary Derby Soapbox Race. The Camosun tech students are working feverishly to finish up this year’s custom-designed entry: a fierce-looking shark they’re hoping will swim past all the competitors!

  • Annual Canary Derby Soapbox Race
  • 11am-4pm, Saturday, June 12
  • Vancouver Island Tech Park, behind Interurban campus
Camosun's Mechanical Engineering Canary Derby team.

Standing(l to r):Richard Burman, Ian Welle, Neil Porter (Lab Tech), Pat Nicholson (Lab Tech), Colin Polonenko, Dylan Wood, Perry Taylor, Jason Brown Sitting(l to r): Paul McDonald, Imtehaze Heerah (Faculty), Dave Lefler, Neil Chobot, Quinn Temmel
In the car: Lisa Mooney.

This is the mechanical engineering program’s fourth time entering the Canary Derby. But while they want to design the fastest car ever, the students are also highly motivated by this annual fundraiser’s cause: raising money for the BC Cancer Foundation. In 2009, the event raised $129,000 for cancer research.

“Like a lot of people, someone close to me has had cancer and it had a dramatic impact on my life,” says second year student Paul McDonald. “The soap box derby is a way for us to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research and as a student in the mechanical engineering technology program I jumped at the opportunity to get involved. Not only is it for a good cause, it’s a lot of fun.”

The design team includes first- and second-year students, assisted by some of the program’s instructors. Together they’ve taken the design from conception to finished product in less than three months. “For many of us, it has been the first real engineering project we’ve been involved with,” continues McDonald. “It has allowed us to take classroom knowledge and apply it to a real world situation. By bringing together students with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and personalities we’re also learning to understand the importance of good team dynamics. We have all logged countless hours on this project and without the willingness of the whole team, there is no way this project could have been completed in such a short amount of time.”

It’s about fun

The Camosun team is in it to win, but also have every intention of having too much fun. In keeping with the shark theme, there’s a whole support team showing up to entertain the crowd, decked out in colourful beach wear.

“We’re focusing on audience participation this year,” says April Atkins, program assistant for the School of Trades and Technology. “While our engineering students and faculty are using their tremendous technical skills to get that shark to scream, the rest of us will be there to stir the waters into a shark-infested frenzy.”

And it’s about fund-raising

The Camosun team has set themselves a goal to raise $1,500 for cancer research. That’s in addition to covering their expenses of building the soapbox derby race-car, so the team really appreciates the support they’re getting from the following sponsors: Barclay’s Exchange, Camosun College Student Society, Camosun’s Sport Innovation Centre, Vigil Health Solutions, Kool FM Radio and Camosun’s Mechanical Engineering Technology department.

Don’t miss the fun!

The public is encouraged to show up and cheer on the race-cars. It’s fun for the whole family! Get all the details...

Last updated: June 10, 2010 10:37 am

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