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    8th-GRADE ENGINEERING
     
    CAR DESIGN & AERODYNAMICS

     

    Having learned the concept of aerodynamics - drag, friction, lift, downforce, traction, thrust, gravity and weight - students engineer the fastest car.
     
    Powered by compressed air – the lightest, and most aerodynamic car wins!
     
    After designing their own creations, students cut out the car from wood using drill presses, band saws and scroll saws. The cars are then finished using files, sandpaper, paint and decals.
     
    The cars are tested on a forty-foot long track using an air compressor for power (set to 100 psi - pounds per square inch) and a sports-radar gun to test the speed. Cars are entered into both speed and design contests (see some past winners below).
     
    Students also learn about new car technologies, alternate fuels (hydrogen, biofuel, solar, electric and plug-ins, hybrid, natural gas, ) and how Americans are leading the way through technology to better our economy, environment and create jobs.
     
    Learn how alternate fuels are better than gas and oil and to see new car technologies.
     
    • Students: Click for schedule of steps in project.
    • Students: Click for Specifications Handout (front) AND (back) for Compressed Air Cars
     
     
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    Current - SPEED - School Records

     

    1st - 31 mph, set March, 2014 by Sophie S.

     
    30 mph, set May, 2012 by Olivia G.

    30 mph (30 2x & 29 2x) tied May, 2012 by Jordan H.

     
    29 mph, tied October, 2012 by Standley E.

    29 mph, set June, 2012 by Alex G.

    28 mph, set April 13, 2010 by Alex H.

    27 mph, set January 28, 2009 by Luke R.

    26 mph, set Spring 2008-2009.

     
    The Winning Cars!
     
     1st - 31 mph, set March, 2014 by Sophie S.
     
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    30 mph, set May, 2012 by Olivia G.

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    Note: Olivia did paint her car.
     
    30 mph (30 2x & 29 2x) tied May, 2012 by Jordan H.
     
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    29 mph, set October, 2012 by Standley E.

     
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    28 mph, set April 13, 2010 by Alex H.

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    27 mph, set January 28, 2009 by Luke R.

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    26 mph, set Spring 2008-2009.
     
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    Orthographic Views
    (shows Top and Side view of an object)
     
    How to Draw Cars
     
     
      1. Follow Specifications.
      2. Follow Schedule.
      3. Learn about Aerodynamics
      4. Use a ruler and a pencil.
      5. Draw Topview first
      6. Sideviews all look similar, regardless of your topview.
      7. Look at samples below.
     
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    Top View
     
    SampleCar9SideView
    Side View
     
       Dragster Competition
     
    Sponsored by NTEA – Nassau Technology Educator's Association, at The Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, NY, May 4, 2012

    Mr. Shampanier’s 8th-grade students competed in both speed and design contests. 

    Weber students won 5 out of 6 trophies!

     Speed: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

    Design: 2nd and 3rd

     
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    Gallery of past SPEED & DESIGN Winners
    (These are samples, there have been many others.)
     
     
    "Demon" Car                         Sushi and Chopsticks
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    Bubbles                             Soccer Ball Leaving Trail of Fire
    BubblesSoccer
          Disco Joe                                      Earthworm Twins
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       Star Wars Racer                          University of Vermont
    MoyUVM
     
    Annie's Pacman                  Erin's (guy) Aerodynamics
    PacmanAngledErinTop
    Rachel's "Mr Cuddles" Bear         Peri's Gnome
    BearTopGnomeTopBearSideGnomeSide
    Ariella's Purple Zigzag                          Danielle's Peace Sign
    PurpleTopPeaceTopPurpleSidedaniflip
    Leo's Shark Eating Fish                          Ally's Curvy Fade
    SharkTopAllyTop
    PeaceSideAllySide
    Olivia's Monkey Drawing                  Ally's Curvy Drawing
    Monkeycropped Lighthouse                                 Initials "CES"
     LighthouseTop
    CosolitoCarTop
    CosolitoCarSide
     
     
     
     
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Last Modified on January 30, 2017