Students posing

A Modern Guitar Case

Engineering students at St. Peter's College had to research and create a marketable presentation around transporting musical instruments, which in this case, was a guitar.

Do you enjoy problem-solving? Experimenting? Observing? Tackling problems? Then you might enjoy engineering. Part of being an engineering student in your first year is learning how to approach problems and to consider a number of variables. 

Student's presenting their research

This year, students studying the first year of their USASK engineering degree are given a prompt and have to research, design, and present their finding and product. The topic chosen this year was to design a guitar case that would beat out of the competition and carve its own niche in the market. 

students displaying design
Students displaying a model (1/2 scale)

Students need to research the current market, identify pros and cons about a number of popular products, find a problem that is not being adequately met, and then design a product for presentation. The students had to investigate many of the purposes that a guitar case fits, including: 

  • Cost to produce & sell
  • Durability
  • The audience most likely to buy
  • Humidity control inside
  • Visual design and appeal
  • Capacity to absorb shock
  • Ease of access
  • Transportation capabilities
  • Ecological impact of material used
  • Product longevity
  • ... and more

Engineering groups presented their research methods, findings, and product design to judges at the College, and were judged not only by the quality of their project but also the manner in which it was presented - providing excellent practice and feedback towards their marketing and presentation skills. 

While it is unlikely that many (if any) USASK engineers this year go into the guitar-case business, projects such as these provide the opportunity to foster and develop valuable skills and lines of thinking as the students continue their engineering degrees. 

Is problem-solving like this something you are interested in? Then you might belong in the re-engineered program at USASK and St. Peter's College - which offers a more balanced timetable, broader and more relevant classes to real-world engineering, and grades you on your competency and skills - NOT final exams.

Want to know more about why students choose to start their Engineering degree at St. Peter's College? Talk to an advisor today - but hurry, applications to Engineering close on May 1st, and you will also need to apply for free to St. Peter's College!  



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