Junk Drawer Races

Overview

Important Dates

Registration

Resources

FAQs

Submit Your Project

Results

Junk Drawer Races                                                                      

Government of Ontario

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario. 


Overview

Introducing the first-ever Skills Ontario’s Junk Drawer Races! The contests under this program are open to students from Grades 2 - 12 within Ontario. Last year we launched Paper Glider Competition for grades 7-12 and this year we are announcing new competitions for different grades. Please refer to table below for these competitions.

Competition Grades Related Topics from Curriculum
Gravity Powered Robot Walker Race 2-3 Simple Machines | Movement| Strong and Stable Structures | Forces Causing Movement
Cardboard Car Race  4-5 Wheels | Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms
Paper Glider Competition 6-7 Flight Technology | Designing | Building | Testing | Centre of Gravity
Hydraulic Crane Challenge  8 Hydraulics | Fluids | Systems in Action
Cardboard Hovercraft Race 9-12 Manufacturing Technology | Technological Design | Transportation Technology

 

Number of Teams and their Size

One team of up to four (4) students can participate from every school for every contest. To ensure fairness and access to programs across the province, each school board is entitled to spaces at Elementary, Sr. Elementary and Secondary levels for both their online and in-person learning streams. If you have any questions or concerns about registration spaces for your school board, please contact the Competitions Coordinator at junkraces@skillsontario.com.

 


Important Dates

Note - These dates are subject to change.

Any changes will be based on health and safety guidelines issued by the provincial and federal government, school board/college policies regarding student travel and extra-curricular activities, and co-host location availability. Any date or location changes will be announced on our webpage, and notifications will be sent to participants who have already registered.

Event (All contests) Date
Registration for Regional Competitions Opens October 12th, 2021 at 9am
Registration for Regional Competitions Closes November 16, 2021 at 4pm
Submissions for Regional Competitions Due December 1st, 2021 at 3pm
Regional Competitions Winners Announced January 12, 2022 via Social Media
Championship Round Challenge Announced January 12, 2022
Championship Round Registration Opens January 12, 2022
Championship Round Submissions Due February 16, 2022 at 3pm
Championship Round Winners Announced March 10, 2022 via Social Media

 

Regional and Championship Winners

You will be notified through the contact that registered your team. An email address must be associated with the team when registering so that future communication can be established during the length of the competition.

 


School Registration

Every school must register for all of the contests they wish to participate in by selecting the correct drop down from the registration form. If schools have more teams wishing to compete for a contest, they are encouraged to host an internal competition to decide the team that represents the school. 

Virtual schools/hubs can register one team per contest just like in-person schools. Virtual class(es) of a school that also has in-person classes can only register one team per contest which can be either from an in-person class, virtual class, or a collaboration of both. This competition is also open to private schools.

Individual students do not have to register, only the staff member who is registering the school.

 

 


 

Resources

Competition Grades Document(s)
Gravity Powered Robot Walker Race 2-3

Guidelines

Skilled Trades Test

Mandatory Safety Checklist

Additional Videos*:

https://www.instructables.com/Gravity-Powered-Robot-Walker/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITTcWrsI93s

Cardboard Car Race  4-5

Guidelines

Skilled Trades Test

Mandatory Safety Checklist

Additional Videos*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JM8XCmNhlE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfiV1oTF-ks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwwvRJhR-YQ

Paper Glider Competition 6-7

Guidelines

Skilled Trades Test

Mandatory Safety Checklist

Additional Videos*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdZiesdZXbA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-rcysOPn-4

Hydraulic Crane Challenge  8

Guidelines

Test Drawing

Skilled Trades Test

Mandatory Safety Checklist

Additional Videos*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AklAmKKu1y0

https://www.instructables.com/CARDBOARD-Robotic-Hydraulic-Arm/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYhWg3038rI

Cardboard Hovercraft Race 9-12

Guidelines

Skilled Trades Test

Mandatory Safety Checklist

Additional Videos*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJRBVWwrzxg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_jzMWa2V_w

 * Note: The additonal videos are for reference only, you may learn from these, but your submission shouldn’t be identical. If it is found to be identical by the judges, your submission may not be considered for marking.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can Virtual schools/hubs/classes register a team for Junk Drawer Races and are they being treated as a separate school?
A: Virtual schools/hubs can register one team per contest just like in-person schools. Virtual class/es of a school that also has in-person classes can only register one team per contest which can be either from an in-person class, virtual class, or a collaboration of both. Skills Ontario encourages teachers to conduct this challenge with multiple teams or inner school tournaments and submit the best time/ results!  This competition is also open to private schools.  

Q2: Is this contest completely virtual? Will there be live video submissions?
A: Yes, the contests are completely virtual, and students are required to submit a recorded video as a part of their submission process. . If a student does not have permission to be in photos used by the school in a public manner, please make sure that their image is not in any of the photos or video submissions.

Q3: Is there any registration fee to participate?
A: For 2021-2022 academic year, this is a pilot year and no registration fee will occur.

Q4: Who should register teams, does every student need to register?
A: Teachers can register team/s from their school. Individual students do not have to register for the regional round. Registration contacts do not need to register on teachers or student’s behalf. Teacher may register their own students. Please ensure only one team per race/ school is submitted.

Q5: Can a private school register a team for their students?
A: Private schools can participate in these contests and can register team/s for their students.

Q6: If teachers register themselves, will OYAP (and/or other related board contacts) be able to get a full list of their board registrants when registration closes?
A: Yes. Once registration closes full registration lists can be sent to registration contacts.

Q7: How does a virtual team of 4, submit a video if they cannot be together? Example:  virtual learning
A: Teams that cannot be together can meet virtually and decide the plan of action together. It will be the decision of the team/ teacher to divide the work equally among the team members. One student can detail the plan, the other can build it and submit it, and so on.

Q8: Who supplies the materials?
A:  All supplies are to be sourced by the teacher/ student. Each race has been created using items found around the house / classroom, recyclables, or easily available for little to no cost.

Q9: Can a 3D printer be used to print a propellor for Hovercraft Race?
A: Yes, students can 3D print a propellor if they like. Please ensure the radius to single propellor blade is no more than 40mm

Q10: Can a coroplast plastic sheet be used instead of corrugated cardboard?
A: Yes, students can recycle any coroplast plastic sheet they may have.

Q11: Where can we find the list of approved materials for a contest?
A: List of approved material for every contest can found in their respective guidelines.

Q12: One of my team members doesn’t have parental consent to be on camera. Can they still participate?
A: Yes, as it is not mandatory that all students appear in the video submission. It is the responsibility of the teacher/coach to either notify Skills Ontario (junkraces@skillsontario.com) that the submission should not be used for any promotional/program materials, or to ensure the student(s) do not in the video submission.

Q13: Does my school need to be affiliated with Skills Ontario in order to participate?
A: For the 2021-22 school year, all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are automatically considered affiliated. 

 

 


 

Submit Your Project

Teams are to collect all parts of their submission within a folder and submit their final submission below.

Project submissions must be submitted in a specific naming format in order to receive marks. If a team does not name their submission package in the following naming convention, their submission may be disqualified from the competition.

STUDENTS:

Be sure to have all components of your project saved within a compressed .ZIP file folder. The .ZIP file MUST be titled using your school name and school board initials. For example, if your school is St. Mary’s Elementary School in Waterloo Catholic District School Board, your file must be titled: “stmarys.wcdsb.ZIP”.

 


 

Results

The results for the competition will appear below shortly after the winners announcement has been made. Please check back then.