The CO2cars, as they are known, are self-propelled cars built out of balsa wood. They are raced two at a time in a 50-foot long track. When the operator gives the signal, a mechanical device punctures the CO2 cartridge and the escaping CO2 gas propels the car towards the finish line.The race will be among model "DRAGSTER'" cars built by students participating in the open house and it will be held at McNeese State University on Tuesday March 3rd, 2015. More details on the time and place of the competition will be given to the participating schools.At this time I would like to invite you and your students to participate in the CO2 model car race. The College of Engineering will provide three Racer Kits (each kit includes: balsa wood block, wheels and accessories) per teacher/counselor who will bring his/her class to attend the National Engineers Week activities and wants to participate in the competition. The teacher/counselor will be in charge of selecting the student teams (three students per team) who will be assigned the project of designing and building the cars. In the event that you wish to enter more than three teams, you can purchase additional Racer Kits (Metric Dragster Kit Balsa Wood without expanded polystyrene blank, W13224) at the price of $7.75 per kit from:Pitsco
P. O. Box 1708
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Tel. (800) 835-0686 www.pitsco.com
There is no limit on the number of teams from your school that can take part in this competition. The model cars will be competing in two separate categories: speed and artistic design. All cars entered in the competition will be raced in pairs against each other and their times to cross the track will be recorded and ranked. The student's creativity in the appearance of the car will be judged by a committee comprised of professors and students. Any car entered in the race will be automatically entered in the artistic design competition. The first three places in both competitions will be awarded prizes. I hope to see all of you during the National Engineers Week activities at McNeese State University.