Brock Maker Challenge 2018

Design and Build A Parade Float

Are you a Broadbased Technology (BBT) teacher or a student in a high school BBT class (construction, transportation, hospitality, manufacturing, tech design, communications, hairstyling and aesthetics, green industries, computer technology or health care)? Are you looking for a real-world challenge? The 2018 Brock School Maker Challenge may be the competition for you and your school team. Brock’s Faculty of Education, the Confucius Institute at Brock University and the Goodman School of Business BioLinc invite Ontario secondary school Broad-Based Technology teams to:

  • Showcase your design and build skills
  • Enter a Parade Float design that could win your school a prize of $1500
  • Win a contract to build an actual Parade Float for the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
  • Accompany the winning Float during the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Parade

The 2018 Challenge

The 2018 Brock School Maker Challenge invites school BBT teams to design a prototype model of a Parade Float for the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival representing the Confucius Institute at Brock University. The Float Theme is “the Enduring Friendship between Canada and China” and the “twinning” of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival with the Chinese Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival that occurs at approximately the same time during the Fall. The winning Float Design will be selected in February of 2018 at a Design Showcase event to be held in the Goodman School of Business BioLinc atrium of the Brock St. Catharines campus. The winning design team will earn a $1500 prize for their school and a contract to build the 2018 Confucius Institute Grape and Wine Festival Parade Float for September of 2018. All material and the parade float base will be provided by the Confucius Institute at Brock. The winning team will also be invited to ride on the completed float during the 2018 parade.

Float Design Elements

  • Trailer Dimensions: the Float Trailer will be provided by Brock University. The parade trailer is a 24 ft. long by 8 ft. wide flatbed.
    Click here to view a graphic of the parade float dimensions.
  • “Skirt” the Trailer: An important design consideration is how to “skirt” the trailer. You can skirt the trailer with plywood upon which a decorative fringe can be stapled or by using an large fringe or table skirting; or by wrapping Chicken Wire with 1″ holes around the base of the trailer and hanging down the sides. Tissue paper or other materials can be used to tuck into the holes to make designs or spell out messages or to form the base of colorful art designs that reflect the theme of the float.
  • Materials and Design Considerations: The Float materials should be environmentally friendly and re-usable with consideration for how the materials could be stored or collapsed for storage to use in future years. The materials budget is $3000.00 which will be provided by the Confucius Institute. Creativity and imagination will be required to focus the float design on the theme of “ The Enduring Friendship Between China and Canada” and the overall theme of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival 2018 and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival).
  • Judging: The final judging for the 2018 Brock School Maker Challenge will take place at a Design Showcase to be held in February of 2018 at the St. Catharines campus of Brock University. The winning design as chosen by representatives of the Confucius Institute at Brock University, the Faculty of Education and local industry, will earn $1500 for the school team and that team will be invited to build its design for the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade. The Confucius Institute at Brock University will provide all materials for building the winning design. The winning school team will also be invited to ride on the float during the 2018 parade.
  • The Confucius Institute at Brock University: The Confucius Institute at Brock was started in 2004 as a collaboration between the Office of Chinese Language International (Hanban) in China and Brock University. The Confucius Institute at Brock University is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Chinese language and culture, supporting teachers of Mandarin as a subsequent language and facilitating cultural exchanges between China and Canada. For more information about the Confucius Institute please visit their website.
  • The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival: Commonly referred to as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls annually on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second largest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. The Moon Festival gets its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. During the Moon Festival families share round sweet “moon cakes” signifying family unity and completeness.
  • The 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival: A celebration of the Niagara region of Southern Ontario and its viticulture and harvest bounty. The Grape and Wine Festival Parade is one of North America’s foremost street parades with marching bands, drum corps, community groups, majorettes, floats and amazing performances, that attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year. In 2018 the Festival Parade celebrates Canada’s 150 year anniversary with the theme of “strong, proud and free”.

Why should You Participate?

The Brock Maker Challenge stresses team-work, cooperation, and resourcefulness.  The Challenge provides technological education teachers and students the opportunity to demonstrate their creative abilities and technology skills in a real-world design-and-build competition. Along with an authentic entrepreneurial experience the Challenge provides participants with an opportunity to build their resumes for post-graduation job or apprenticeship application and it demonstrates to the community the benefits of broad-based technological education in our schools. The winning prototype entry will receive a monetary award for the school and have the prototype design highlighted on the Brock University Faculty of Education, Goodman School of Business BioLinc and Confucius Institute at Brock University webpages. The winning team will also be invited to build their prototype and ride on the completed float during the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival in September of 2018.

Why Should Schools enter the 2018 Brock School Maker Challenge?

The Brock School Maker Challenge is a form of Active Project Based Learning that challenges students to research, design and complete a real world project that will be used in the community and that has both practical and learning elements at its core. The design and building of a Parade Float will require problem-solving, creatively and engagement in concrete manipulation of their surroundings, learning by doing and experimentation while working in teams with others who have different skills and backgrounds. The 2018 Challenge re-visions the learning environment of schools by moving in-class school learning into the community and integrating student practical learning with real-world experiences and consequences.

Who Can Enter?

The Brock School Maker Challenge 2018 is open to Ontario high school students enrolled in broad-based technology classes, challenging them to research design and build a Parade Float prototype for the Confucius Institute at Brock University to enter in the Niagara Grape and Wine Parade for 2018. School Teams should consist of up to 10 students representing various tech areas and 2 tech teachers as supervisors, mentors and coaches.

Deadlines

  • Enter by: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Submit a “Project Action Update” by: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Have a completed “Prototype”  by: February 1, 2018
  • Prepare a prototype for presentation – video, sketches, photographs or storyboard presentation for judging in late February 2018 (date TBA) at the Project Showcase in the BioLinc Atrium of Brock University)

How To Register?

Registration for the Brock School Maker Challenge 2018 requires schools to complete the Brock Maker Challenge 2018 Registration Form.

The deadline for Registration is November 30, 2017.

Project Action Update – a one or two page report of the status of the design planning is due in early January 2018 and the final prototype deign ready for presentation should be complete by February 1, 2018.

Questions and Comments?

If you have questions about eligibility, the registration process or the Maker Competition generally, please address your enquiries to the Brock Maker Challenge Project Manager: Dr. Tony Di Petta phone 905 688 5550 x4729 or email tdipetta@brocku.ca