The Sask Eco UC team has been participating in Shell Eco-marathon since 2017. In 2020, their winning team was the most diverse to date, bringing together a wide range of student experts including technologists in mechanical engineering and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, machinists, automotive service technicians and agriculture equipment technicians.
Together, the team of nine from Saskatchewan Polytechnic overcame some last-minute changes to the roster early in 2020 and by word of mouth assembled a diverse group from across the university in time to get to work before COVID-19 closed campus in March 2020.
The team’s efficiency was evident from the outset, as they split into small groups and assigned team managers to stay on track allowing each member to focus on their area of expertise for their Circular Economy entry into the 2020 Americas Off-Track Awards. By June, they had developed an award-winning regenerative braking system and uniquely Canadian frame prototype that would take them across the finish line in first place.