sandbox workshop

Interested in innovation? Then the sandbox is for you. The sandbox provides a creative and collaborative space to engineering students involved in small projects, pre-professional competitions and entrepreneurial endeavours. Apply your technical knowledge, develop your hands-on experience and join a community of innovators!

The Sandbox will provide you with the space and equipment that your project needs.

Students in the space can take advantage of group meeting area and presentation equipment. Multiple design stations provide a suitable spot to spend many hours working on a design. Finally, to help bring a project to life the room has electrical workstations and a tool bench.

Members of the Sandbox will be given storage space for their projects and the ability to access the space at all hours.


Competition name Discipline Prototype Regional/ National/ Global
Ontario Public Works Ottawa Chapter Student Paper Competition Civil Paper Ottawa
PEO student paper night Open Paper Ottawa
Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition (CNCCC) Open Yes Canada
Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) Open Paper Canada
Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Undergraduate Thesis Competition (individual & group) Civil Paper Canada
Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) National Capstone Design Project Competition Civil Paper Canada
Great Northern Concrete Tobogan Civil/ Mech/ EECS Yes Canada
Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC)  Open Yes Canada
Student Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS) Open Yes Canada
American Concrete Institute (ACI) concrete egg protection device design competition Civil Yes International
ASME Design Review Competition Open Paper International
ASME/FIRST Robotics Competition Open Yes International
ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) Mech/ EECS Yes International
ASME Innovation showcase (ISHOW) Open Yes International
ASME Innovative Design Simulation (IDSC) Challenge Mech/ EECS Paper International
ASME Student Design Competition Open Yes International
ASME Student Design Expositions Open Yes International
First International Interactive Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete Civil Yes International
IAM3D Challenge Open Yes International
Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Open Yes International
International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) Open Yes International
International Engineering Competition (IEC) Open Paper International
Maritime RobotX Open Yes International
RoboBoat Open Yes International
RoboCup Open Yes International
RoboSub Open Yes International
SAE Supermileage Mech/ EECS Yes International
Shell Ecomarathon Mech/ EECS Yes International
SAE Aero Design Mech/ EECS Yes International
SAE Baja Mech/ EECS Yes International
SAE Clean Snowmobile Mech/ EECS Yes International
SAE Formula Mech/ EECS Yes International
University Rover Challenge (URC) Mech/ EECS Yes International
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Contact us

CBY B109A (map)
161 Louis Pasteur
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Ideate. Collaborate. Create.

Using the space


  1. Clean up after yourself.
  2. Be courteous, helpful, and respectful to your peers.
  3. Each machine has material restrictions and training requirements that you will have to satisfy before using it. If in doubt, please ask.
  4. The room may be used for special events from time to time, respect these events and do not interrupt.

Team membership

    CEED Team Space Membership

    All student teams in the Faculty of Engineering are encouraged to apply for CEED Team Space Membership.

    Membership provides access to either the Sandbox or the JMTS, allowing your team to work within the community of students, professors, and industry members working to ensure uOttawa engineering teams succeed.

    To be eligible for CEED Team Space Membership your team must consist of a majority of students from the Faculty of Engineering and must demonstrate a desire to participate in design competitions.

    Apply now!

    Opportunities for teams

    By joining a team or creating a new one, you will be able to expand your knowledge beyond the classroom and get a practical hands-on experience that all employers want! You will also have an opportunity to network with mentors, industry and other students while having lots of fun!

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