And they're off!
Thirty-two teams of students from Lehigh and Broughal Middle School held a design contest and a miniature car race outside Packard Laboratory on the last day of classes for the engineering students.
The teams, comprised of 118 mechanical engineering juniors and 50 eighth-graders, spent the spring semester designing and fabricating Matchbox-style cars in the Manufacturing course offered by Lehigh’s department of mechanical engineering and mechanics.
Their collaboration culminated April 26 with the 15th annual Manufacturing Expo on a track set up alongside the Hittinger-Karakash Fountain.
Team Dominations, featuring Lehigh students Amanda Crowley, Eric Curtiss and Michael Curley took first place in the race. Team 31 F1 (Daniel Shea, Marek Giszter and Tim Schutter) finished second and Team GCS77 (Rachael Freedman, Michael Hyatt, Noah Ongoro and Felix Pinto) recorded the third-fastest time.
The Kids Choice Award, as voted by Broughal students, went to Team Finn’s Julie Barnett, Greg Owen and Sean Henwood. Best in Show, as voted by Lehigh students, was awarded to The Carriage Crew’s John Briscoe, Greg Cutilli, Gabriel Rosenbrien and Tyler Davenport.
One of the main goals of the program is to promote the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects at Broughal. As a STEM signature school, Broughal offers courses in environmental engineering, robotics and other technical fields.
Click here to read more about the annual event in the Lehigh University news archive and view photos from the event.