Concordia’s Women in Engineering chapter construct massive K’nex shuttle

To celebrate National Engineering Week, Concordia’s Women in Engineering chapter organized the construction of a massive space shuttle model built entirely out of K’nex pieces. The 37-foot tall, approximately 166,000-piece model is the biggest ever constructed at Concordia, surpassing previous K’nex models of the Eiffel Tower and Sears Tower. According to WIE member Jacalyn Bale, one of the reasons the organization decided to take on the project was because they “wanted to showcase the talents of female engineers, and to encourage women to think about working in this male dominated field.” Students worked for months designing the model, and spent all of last week putting it together in the atrium of the EV building. The construction garnered the attention of the Discovery Channel for the second straight year, as the students involved found themselves on the Daily Planet television show. Photo by Tiffany Blaise


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