Engineers Week | Daily Engineers Competition | Balloon-Powered Car Challenge

February 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Driftmier Engineering Center Lobby

Design and build a car powered by nothing but air.  The balloon-powered car will be pushed forward by air escaping from a balloon.  Using a variety of materials available to participants, teams will construct a balloon-powered car and compete against other teams for the car that travels the farthest. 

Competition Rules:

Each student club may select up to 6 students to participate on a team.  There will be a maximum of 1 team per student club.
A wide variety of materials will be made available to all teams.  Materials will be distributed to teams on a first-come, first serve basis.  All teams will be provided a balloon and straw. 
Each team will be provided 20 minutes to design and construct their balloon-powered car.

Once the competition begins, teams will take turns testing their cars.  Each team will be given two opportunities to test their cars with the farthest distance recorded.  The final (farthest) resting location will be measured and a score calculated based on Score = Weight x Distance.
Upon all teams competing, teams will be ranked in order of their score (# = total number of teams participating) to lowest score (# = 1).

E-Week Points: Each student club will receive points based on their rank from the competition.  For example, the club with the highest score will receive points equal to the total number of teams participating in the E-Week Competition and clubs thereafter ranked accordingly.  Clubs that do not participate will receive a score of 0.

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