Model Car Race Tests Students Engineering, Design Skills
The objective of the competition is to design and build a vehicle that will complete a race in the shortest possible time. The cars will race on a 10-meter course. The race winner will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head-to-head, double-elimination rounds. Awards will be given to the top three fastest cars.
Design awards also will be given based on innovation (system design), technology (powertrain/chassis), craftsmanship/appearance and presentation.
The results of the fuel cell car competition will help determine the Chicago region’s representative to the National Middle School Science Bowl in June at the University of Denver. The team with the best overall performance in an academic science bowl event — held earlier this year — and the fuel cell car competition will advance to the national level. This year’s participants in the Fuel Cell and Solar Car Race Competition include:
- Byrne Elementary School, Chicago
- Cass Jr. High, Darien
- Chippewa Middle School, Des Plaines
- Crone Middle School, Naperville
- Eisenhower Jr. High, Darien
- Hadley Jr. High, Glen Ellyn
- Jerling Jr. High, Orland Park
- Kingswood Academy, Darien
- Neoga Jr. High School, Neoga
- Northridge Prep School, Niles
- Roosevelt Middle School, Riverforest
- St. John’s Lutheran, LaGrange
- Wright Middle School, Lincolnshire
- Yorkville Middle School, Yorkville
The competition, for students in grades six, seven and eight, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, CNH Case New Holland, General Motors, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Museum of Science and Industry.