240 kids from 6 different area schools participated in a PITSCO Metric 500 drag race. Many states are adopting STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) programs. These programs have kids get involved with making projects and learning along the way. The Metric 500 dragsters are power by small CO2 cartridges and race at speeds over 300 mph! All cars are ran twice for qualification and then the fastest 16 compete head-to-head in elimination rounds until the winner is decided.
The cars are also judged on workmanship, design, finish & drawing accuracy. 1st-3rd prizes were given an award in each category: Engineering, People’s Choice, Race, Overall (cumulative). The Overall winners walked away with some scholarship money from Cameron University too. Over $4700 was awarded in these prizes!
I was honored to help by judging in the engineering category. GoEngineer had a booth where kids could take a look at SolidWorks and some of our RP capabilities. Many educators are looking for ways to expand their programs and this will give us some opportunities to be involved in that community.