Winona State students launch Gravity Racer Project

Three student teams each will build a race car from composite materials, with a race to follow in 2010. Corporate support is needed. 

The Performance Engineering Team at Winona State University (WSU, Winona, Minn.) has announced the launch of the Gravity Racer Project, designed to give students hands-on, practical experience in design and fabrication of composite materials. The Performance Engineering Team (PET) is made up of students from the Composite Materials Engineering program at WSU. The PET members are divided into three teams, each building its own racer following the building and testing of a prototype. All three teams will participate in the design, tooling, fabricating and testing of the units. The project will culminate with the teams racing in Winona in spring 2010. “The project allows for the team members to take the information we learn in the classroom and apply it into something that is fun and interesting” said John Sabol, president of the PET group.

Currently, PET is looking for companies to participate in the project by providing materials, technical support or financial support. All participating sponsors will have their company’s logo on a racer and could also be given a racer to display at its facility. Any form of participation is appreciated and will help assist the students in learning practical composite material applications, which will project into industry applications as the students finish their degrees.
“Such projects enhance students' learning and provide relevance of the curriculum to practical and industrial applications,” said Beckry Abdel-Magid, chair of WSU Engineering Department.

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