It’s sturdy, quick on acceleration and capable of tight turns.
Dan said it has also been popular with other students who want to
take it out for a spin.
Dan said he got most of the parts from an online scooter parts
store and combined everything on a steel frame he assembled and
Five other students got awards from the program: three for
research projects and two more for engineering projects.
Johanna Leeper had the top research project, Moehnke said. She
tested different types of acoustic insulation. Connor Ramey got
second place with his comparison of baseball bats, testing how
aluminum bats compared with different types of wood bats, and third
place winner Gregg Borman tested different types of dams.
The second-place engineering project was a gas-powered remote
control car that Andrew Halpin built by replacing the electric motor
from a radio-controlled car with a model airplane engine to create a
Jaspinder Brar retrofitted a radio-controlled helicopter so it
could take off from and land on water.
Moehnke said these were all semester-length projects, and while
the students obviously had fun, they also had to do a lot of work,
including research, presentations for their classmates and reports
explaining their methods, designs and field tests.
“Most of them had outside mentors and they got help from our
teachers,” he said.
Connor Ramey said that for his baseball bat study, he only
recorded those pitches for which the batter reported clean contact
with the ball, then he had to define what that meant.
“We made sure the pitches came at the same speed and same
location,” he said. His report concluded that the aluminum bats were
the most effective.
Andrew Halpin said he did speed trials in front of his house for
his retrofitted radio-control car, using traffic cones and a video
camera to record and calculate speeds. He said the car traveled at
35 mph at half-throttle.