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Welcome to the Bluewater Christian Science Challenge 2018!

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15
Growing "Imagining Innovators" who can innovate and renew for good purposes and thereby praise the Master Designer!
Devotional - Learning from Failure, Hard Work and Care


The Bluewater Christian Science Challenge is modelled after the Canadian Fluid Power Challenge. It is intended to provide Grade 7 and 8 students with hands-on experience building a controlled mechanism with real world applicability and to open their eyes and those of their teachers to technology careers. The Challenge is an excellent teaching means for the science and technology curriculum at these grade levels (Grade 7 Form and Function, Grade 8 Systems and Grade 8 Fluids).

Provide feedback on the 2018 event: Google form here

Complete: Friday 23 March 2018 - Challenge Day at London Christian High (pictures are here):

Selected teams will compete in the Challenge. On the Challenge Day, the students build their devices from scratch, fine-tune their designs and construction and demonstrate their devices to all in attendance. Their design portfolios are also reviewed by the judges. The overall winner is graded on the performance of their device and the quality of their portfolio; an additional award is given to the team with the best portfolio.
Note: We will use the Local Challenge Rubric , which includes a four-question interview with the judges.
  • Challenge Day is 9:30 - 2:30.
  • 9:30-1:30 - team build time
  • 1:30-2:00 - challenge testing (2 min per team)
  • 2:15 - awards ceremony
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Getting Started


Key Information


Jan - Mar - The design, build and test phase (see what one group's work in progress looks like!)

  1. Classwork, culminating in a class challenge test and evaluation. See the ICS School Challenge videos
  2. What to bring to the Challenge Day event if selected to participate: team portfolio, plus a community representative to act as a judge
  3. Complete the Post-Test Form (complete following the classroom team selection activities)

Complete: Wednesday 17 January 2018 - Workshop Day at London Christian High (pictures are here)

The Workshop Day reinforces the students’ knowledge of fluid power concepts, introduces them to the tools and materials they will use to build a device and gives them some practice building simple fluid power devices. At the end of the Workshop Day, the teams are introduced to the Challenge Scenario. Typically, teams are asked to build a machine that can move an object from one location to another, and they are given all of the tools and a kit of supplies that they will be needing to accomplish this.

During the intervening weeks, the teams (ideally using class time) design a device that will solve the problem presented by the Scenario, build prototypes, test and fine-tune them, and finally document their design process in a Design Portfolio. One team from each class will be selected by their teacher to participate in the Challenge Day.
  • Workshop Day is 9:30 - 2:30. We begin with welcome and devotions by Keith. From 11:45-12:09 - sr physics students display of their hydraulics class projects, 12:09-12:43 - pizza lunch provided, LDCSS lunch time.
    Students will:
  1. Review the Pre-Test (completed beforehand)
  2. Watch a 10-minute video about fluid power
  3. Explore the materials
  4. Make the Lifter and the Rotating Platform devices
  5. Be introduced to the Challenge Scenario
  6. Be made aware of the importance of the Design Portfolio and the process of design
  7. Seek clarification of the Challenge Scenario through questions & answers
  8. Understand what is required of them

Organizing Committee Contacts:

  • Keith Cameron, Principal @ Immanuel Christian School send email
  • Mark Sumner, Vice Principal @ London District Christian Secondary School send email
  • Sarah Hopman, Teacher @ Chatham Christian Schools send email

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