Student competitions

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Many Engineering Departments support Formula Student teams, sometimes associated with credit-bearing projects and sometimes independently of credit and the curriculum.  However I am aware that there are many other competitive activities available at local, national and international level.  How important is it that engineering students should be involved in a competitive activity?  Can you give examples of competitions other than Formula Student?  Do you think competition activity should earn academic credit?

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  1. Andy Green

    The annual “VIrtual Steelmaking Challenge” is a global competition run by the World Steel Association for university/college students and employees in the steel industry supply chain with less than 5 years industrial experience. For the past two years, the Challenge Final has been a live event, held in Brussels, in which the Round 1 winners from 5 global regions compete for the title of overall World Champion. The prize (1000 Euro and a trophy) is awarded in the presence of CEOs from many of the world’s main steel producers. Last year’s winner from Slovenia reports: “Our win has drawn a lot of attention of the media here in Slovenia. Even the President of Slovenia has sent us mail to congratulate us. Because of that we had a few job offers.”

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