Campus Units

History

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

7-29-2019

Journal or Book Title

Engineering Studes

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

109

Last Page

134

DOI

10.1080/19378629.2019.1647217

Abstract

This article details the history of college engineering competitions, originating with student concrete-canoe racing in the 1970s, through today’s multi-million-dollar international multiplicity of challenges. Despite initial differences between engineering educators and industry supporters over the ultimate purpose of undergraduate competitions, these events thrived because they evolved to suit many needs of students, professors, schools, corporations, professional associations, and the engineering profession itself. The twenty-first-century proliferation of university-level competitions in turn encouraged a trickling-down of technical contests to elementary-age children and high schools, fostering the institutionalization of what might be called a competition culture in engineering.

Comments

This article is published as Bix, A., Mastering the Hard Stuff: College Concrete Canoe Races and the Growth of Competitions as Engineering Training,” Engineering Studies, July 2019,11(2): 109-134. DOI: 10.1080/19378629.2019.1647217. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor & Francis Online

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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