UBC CONCRETE TOBOGGAN
We are an engineering student team from UBC that competes in the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). It is the oldest and largest engineering student competition in Canada. The goal is to design, construct, and race a toboggan with a sliding surface made of concrete. Toboggans must be under 300 pounds and carry five riders. Toboggans must have a braking system, steering system, and roll cage. The first race was held in 1974 in Red Deer, Alberta. The team is an opportunity for students to practice technical skills that they have learned in their classes while improving teamwork and planning skills in a supportive atmosphere. Technical experience includes concrete design, steel design, construction safety, and lab techniques. Nontechnical experience includes teamwork, organization, communication, and scheduling. This is especially true for team members who choose to take on a lead planning or design task. This could come from planning activities, writing reports, calling meetings, coordinating with event organizers, and more.
Last year for the 2016 Ottawa competition we were thrilled to walk away winning second overall! We had a great time at competition and are very proud of our work and we look forward trying our best to improve for Winnipeg in 2017.
2017Concrete Design – 2nd Place
Spirit – 3rd Place
2016GNCTR 2nd Place Overall
Technical Presentations – 3rd Place
King of the Hill – 3rd Place
Race Day – 3rd Place