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Engineering students test go-carts, 1 p.m., TC Raceway

Engineering Students Test Go-Carts at 1 p.m. Friday at Raceway

RICHLAND, WASH. — Engineering students from Washington State University Tri-Cities are testing two go-carts they designed and built at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Tri-City Raceway in West Richland.

“This is how we can apply the past three or four years of learning about mechanical engineering to a real-world experience,” senior Sarah Sederburg said. “We’ve been working on the go-carts outside of class. This is a competitive event.”

The 20 students broke into two teams. Set-up starts at 12 p.m., with the competition beginning at 1 p.m. The two go-carts will compete in several elements, such as a short-distance drag race, an endurance race, and an obstacle course with various challenges.

“This gave the students a sense of how an engineering project comes together, from a detailed drawing to fabrication,” said Instructor Rick Cameron, who personally financed the materials. He added the project also emphasizedsafety and how to analyze stress points in the design.

The go-cart event is co-sponsored by the Sage & Sand Sports CarClub, which assisted with the race logistics and insurance.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Raceway is along Highway 224/Van Giesen between West Richland and Benton City.

WSU Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River in Richland, Wash. WSU Tri-Cities offers 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. Learn more about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at www.tricity.wsu.edu.

Date: 
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 1:00pm