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Queen's Concrete Toboggan Team
Office: Room 115f, Beamish-Munro Hall
Meetings: Find us from 5:30 to 6:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the concrete lab in Ellis Hall
Tobogganing down a snow-covered hill never goes out of style. The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Team is a civil engineering-based design team that competes annually in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). The team is challenged to design and construct a toboggan with a running surface made from concrete, complete with steering and braking systems. Competitors are evaluated on their concrete mix and toboggan designs, speed, stopping distance, team spirit, technical presentation and technical report writing skills. The competition also addresses green issues with two environmental based awards. Being a student run event, industry sponsorship is crucial to the success of each team and the competition.
The Queen's Concrete Toboggan Team is a great way to expand your knowledge of concrete and design outside of the classroom and have fun at the same time. The team will be looking for new members at the start of the Fall 2010 term (you don't need to be in Engineering). If you are interested in concrete, framework, project design, construction, industry sponsorship, or working with your hands, send us an email or better yet, come out on Tuesday and Thursday nights to the concrete lab in Ellis Hall. From 5:30 to 6:30pm every week, we will be mixing concrete and designing and building our technical exhibit.
The competition was originally created in 1974 as a Canadian equivalent to the Concrete Canoe Race held in the United States. It has grown over the past 25 years to become one of the largest engineering competitions in Canada. Queen’s has always had a strong showing at the completion. Formed in 2001, the team has placed in the top 5 in every competition, with the exception of our inaugural year. In 2010, the team finished fourth overall (out of 20 teams), coming second in Concrete and winning the award for Best Team Spirit.
Queen’s has always led the way with innovation. In 2005 Queen’s introduced steering to the competition, leading to the inclusion of a slalom run on race day. The team was also the first to incorporate an aluminum roll cage and carbon fibre reinforced polymers in a toboggan design.
Check out Concrete Toboggan at the 2011 GNCTR on the Rick Mercer Report here
Hosted by McMaster in Hamilton, the 2010 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race did not disappoint.
(@0:30) More on the team (website coming soon!)
Interested in sponsoring us?
We would love to hear from you too! Download our sponsorship package here or if you would like more information, send Andrew, our Sponsorship Coordinator, an email at email@example.com