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Wood Design Competition Planned for UBC- Vancouver Campus

BC WoodWORKS! /Canada Wood Council

This March, Whit-Matthews Field on UBC's Vancouver Campus will be the site of BC Wood WORKS! / Canadian Wood Council's Western Canadian Wood Design Competition (formerly known as the Wood Catapult Competition).

The purpose of the competition is to challenge registered college/university students to create an original design for a lightweight siege engine which, when built, is capable of hitting a target at 20, 30 and 45 meters using a 2 lb. projectile. 

Teams consisting of students and one faculty member submit a report prior to the competition about their design.  On the morning of the competition, they are required to give a ten minute presentation to the judges and others teams after their weigh-in and set-up.  The trials will take place following the presentations and have been newly-revised into three categories:  Qualifying Trials, Performance Trials and Longest Distance Trials. 

Spectators are welcome to attend on competition day to view this unique and interesting event. 

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products. Through workshops, seminars and case studies, Wood WORKS! provides education, training and technical expertise to building and design professionals involved with commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects. For the past 11 years, Wood WORKS! BC has facilitated practical, efficient, versatile and cost-effective building and design solutions through the use of wood – the most sustainable, natural and renewable building material on Earth. Wood WORKS! BC is proud to support the goal of the BC government's new Wood First Act, by being a recognized resource for helping communities maximize the use of wood in new publicly-funded buildings.


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