CarbonCure recently had a Dalhousie Engineering student, Jessica Wentzell working in the office for her work term and she was quick to make friends (especially with the engineering team) when we heard about her fairly unconventional hobby. For the last three years Jessica has been a member of the Dalhousie Concrete Toboggan team, mixing and pouring their own concrete toboggan all in the spirit of healthy university rivalry. This winter Jessica’s team will use their full tank of Dalhousie Engineering pride to ride down a hill at top-notch speed in the hope of beating other universities’ concrete toboggan teams from across the country (yes there is more than one concrete toboggan team!).
This hobby had instant appeal with her new office mates for multiple reasons:
- Doing unconventional things with concrete is kind of CarbonCure's thing.
- As a company full of people known for going all in - geeking out and having fun doing it is right up our alley.
- Most of the office is fairly outdoorsy so tobogganing is high on the list of favorite winter activities, especially when it involves a competition!
Okay so point made – we were stoked. We wanted to know more. Jessica’s team each year is comprised of Dalhousie engineering students from varying disciplines and backgrounds. The goal is to design and build a toboggan with a running surface made of concrete. The toboggan consists of two components, an aluminum frame and concrete skis. After the toboggan has been built they compete in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).
GNCTR, the ultimate concrete competition mixes plenty of Dalhousie pride and engineering prowess with a little adrenalin. This year’s competition is being hosted by the University of Ottawa. In Ottawa, Jessica’s team is competing against other universities from across Canada and the United States in a test of performance and design with key evaluators being innovation and sustainability – cue CarbonCure theme song.
CarbonCure didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so we decided to help out Jessica’s team by giving them a competitive edge in the environmental and innovation department. We’re pretty sure Jessica’s team had the only toboggan made using recycled carbon dioxide.
The CarbonCure team wishes Jessica’s Dalhousie Concrete Toboggan team the best of luck in this year’s Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race! Maybe this time next year, all of the toboggans will be made with CO2!
For more information on Dalhousie's Concrete Toboggan team visit their website.