The Engineering Club makes different projects each year for the STEM Festival. This year their projects included two potato cannons, a couple small robots, a tennis ball launcher and a windmill. Their most popular creation, however, was a go-kart.
Students spent 2-3 hours per day for 4 weeks building the go-kart. They had some issues with welding parts onto the frame, but learned how to fix it by watching a few minutes of a video on YouTube, and getting a quick lesson from a student in the Ag Tech building.
“The front wheels kept breaking from the intense stress and power of the motor, so we had to get heavy duty wheels and tires,” said Tanner Ashenfelter. Ashenfelter also added that they had to remove and reposition the motor mount so the motor would fit.
The only accommodations they needed were the tools used to create the go-kart. They figured everything else out on their own. “It was a lot of fun,” said Tristan Kimble.
Ashenfelter said he learned about how small engines and how powerful they are. He said, “I also learned how to work as a team to achieve a common goal.”
When asked how he felt about all the interest in their projects, Kimble said, “It felt great. We had a phenomenal turnout. If we can help raise greater understanding of what is done in our field of study to the kids, we would call that successful.”