Trades students show their skill in the MAXIMUM Design Challenge

Team Wood Shed the First
Team Wood Shed the First

It was a win for Team Wood Shed the First at the MAXIMUM Design Challenge yesterday in the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre! Willard Bedolfe (Carpentry Technician), Lochlyn Newton (Carpentry Technician), Vikas Pratap Singh (Electrical Engineering Technician), Michael Elliott (Trades Fundamentals), and Nick Candiano (Welding Techniques) constructed the winning wood shed in the design competition.

The MAXIMUM Design Challenge was presented by Canadian Tire in partnership with Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology. Ten teams of cross-disciplinary Trades and Technology students were challenged to build an outdoor structure with an electrical component between 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All participating teams were provided with the same tools and materials to complete the project.

“The MAXIMUM Design Challenge event was a huge success!” said Jan Watson, event organizer and KTTC Employment Market & Student Success Specialist. “I am so very proud of our Trades students and what they developed and built under tight time constraints. The projects were extremely creative, well-thought out and elaborate.”

Team Purple Monkey Dishwashers
Team Purple Monkey Dishwashers

Each project was marked on creativity (25 points), technical skill (25 points), functionality (25 points), and integration across different skill sets (25 points). Team Wood Shed the First earned 1st Place with their wood shed, 2nd Place went to the Purple Monkey Dishwashers for their dog house (team members: Richard Shikatani – Carpentry Technician, Shalagh Wigmore – Electrical Engineering Technician, Ben Wood – Welding and Fabrication Technician, Daniel Gillis – HRAC, and Shawn Greene – Trades Fundamentals), and 3rd Place went to the Tiki Tequila’s for their Tiki Hut (team members: Marissa Pezzetta – Carpentry Technician, Chris Moore – HRAC, Muhammad Shaikh – Mechanical Techniques-Plumbing, and Tyler Wilson – Trades Fundamentals).

Team Tiki Tequila’s
Team Tiki Tequila’s

“I am also very proud of how all the students worked so well together in their teams, despite being from various trades programs and not knowing one another prior to the competition. The objective of selecting individuals from the different trades’ disciplines within the School was to emulate real-life industry—each and every one of the competitors rose to the challenge!” said Jan. “Thank you to all those involved: our partners at Canadian Tire/Maximum Tools, our 48 competitors, and our enthusiastic Fleming College Trades faculty and staff.”

15 prizes were given at the event, including five 1st Place prizes consisting of a Maximum™ 20V Max Li-Ion Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit; Maximum™ 1/4-in, 3/8-in and 1/2-in Drive Socket Set, 168-pieces; and a $100 Canadian Tire gift card. Each first place prize has an approximate retail value of $800.

Watch a time lapse of the competition in action: