Cutline: The ChemE Car winning team, from back row, left to right: Cody Buehner, mechanical engineering; Sasha Schrandt, master's student, materials engineering and science; Trent Slichter, chemical engineering; Patrick Holland, chemistry; Matthew De Young, physics and civil and environmental engineering; Seth Ostlie, chemical engineering; Alison Barnes, chemical engineering; Matthew Wilcox, chemical engineering; Domingo Tamayo, physics; Craig Fatherlos, chemical engineering; Joseph Lyon, chemical engineering; Jesse Hinricher, chemical engineering and chemistry; Dustin Hachmann, chemical engineering; and Kathyrn Starr, chemical engineering.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 8, 2013) - The ChemE Car Team took first place in the Pumpkin Catapult competition Sept. 28 in Memorial Park, defending its two-year title as champion at the fifth annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival.
A crowd of more than 1,500 gathered as the team's trebuchet, The Pink and Teal Pearl, launched a pumpkin 221 feet, the furthest of all the teams, nabbing the $800 prize. The Baja team came in second winning $550, and Robotics took third at $350. Fourth and fifth place were held by the Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge and Formula Racing teams, each earning $50.
Kim Osberg, an emcee and associate director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP), said the latter two were particularly unique.
The Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge created a trebuchet using bits and pieces from both its canoe and bridge. And the Formula Racing team was comprised entirely of freshmen. "It's an opportunity for the underclassmen to get their feet wet designing, building and testing," Osberg explained.
The competition also falls under the new Mines Advantage program launched this spring, which holds community involvement and teaming and leadership as two of its tenets.
All of the RESPEC-sponsored CAMP teams were given a boisterous drum roll by the Stevens and Central high school drum lines before each launch. Osberg said this type of community interaction drives the team's participation.
"CAMP teams participate to be civically involved. Part of becoming a better engineer is personal and professional development. Getting out in the community while doing real engineering is always a big hit with the teams," Osberg said. "It's also in the fall when teams come back together and use this as a bonding event."
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