Steampunk creations let students show off flights of fancy

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Steampunk creations let students show off flights of fancy

A hydroponics system for a refugee camp. A robotic parrot that spits out candy. And a remote control — for your feet.

Those were just a few of the curious and whimsical inventions on display Wednesday at the University of Ottawa's annual design day.

The day offers the university's engineering students a chance to show off some of their most elaborate projects.

This year, teams of students created steampunk innovations in wearable technologies and robotics.

They're competing to win $1,000 and to showcase their creations at the National Science and Innovation Gala, a Canada 150 event, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on May 17.

You can find pictures of some of the creations below.

CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning spent some time at the event, and you can listen to interviews with some of the creators here.