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Engineering Hackathon: Build a Race Car!
Fri, May 5, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Leonardo da Vinci designed the world's first self-propelled vehicle in 1478, though it wasn't until 2004 that the design was proven to work! In the intervening centuries, cars have evolved tremendously. Early versions differentiated themselves on fuel source, from from steam (1769) and hydrogen (1807), to gasoline (1864) and electricity (1888!). Later eras were defined by evolution in design, size, and efficiency and safety features.
Come show off your engineering prowess at a Mechanical Car Hackathon! Using common supplies, simple tools, and some personal ingenuity, create a functional race car in just a few short hours. Prizes will be awarded based on your car's performance in various challenges.
We'll begin with dinner and a brief introduction to mechanical cars and construction methods, so no prior experience is required. Here's the full agenda:
- 5:30 - Dinner, introduction, and rules
- 6:00 - Building begins!
- 7:30 - Judging
- 8:00 - Prizes and clean up
UChicago's Engineering Society is proof that neither fun nor engineering are non-existent at UChicago. We love completely inexperienced and seasoned engineers alike so come help out on one of our current project for an hour or see it through from start to finish! Our current projects include a four foot rocket, a 3D bioprinter, quadcopters and a drawing robot but any motivated member can become the leader of their own project - we'll help you fund it.