Check out the Maker competitions.
Calgary Maker Faire 2023 will have two competitions, Glider and Electric Car. Go to the Information booth and register for each of these competitions. Times and locations will be provided at registration. Winners will be announced at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 14th.
Makers will design and build a glider aiming to improve the flight distance and time in the air. First, they determine the controls—the average distance traveled and time aloft for their basic model gliders. Then they modify the wings, testing and reworking their altered designs to achieve improvements in distance and time.
This activity brings together Makers’ knowledge of engineering and airplanes, applying what they know about lift, weight, thrust and drag to glider models, as well as their understanding of the control surfaces—elevator, rudder and aileron—that control pitch, yaw, and roll, respectively.
Electric Car Competition
Makers will design and build an electric car aiming to improve the fastest time and straight travel. First, they determine the car design—the distance traveled in the shortest time for their basic model car. Then they modify the steering, pulley and reworking their altered designs to achieve improvements in distance and time.
This activity brings together Makers’ knowledge of engineering and electric cars, applying what they know about weight, torque, friction and alignment to car models, as well as their understanding of the power train—electric motors, pulleys, and torque—that control speed and acceleration.