December 6, 2022 – UPEI: UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place rang with cheers and laughter on Friday, December 1, as students in the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering sparred off against each other in a go-cart-style car race.
The students wrapped up their first-year engineering communications course with the car race, which featured 11 cars built by about 60 students. Taking first prize with a distance of 338 feet was the FSDE Taxi, a bright yellow car designed and built by Tyler Aitken, John Ekpigun, Ethan Arsenault-Saunders, Francis Udeh, Zaid Alawneh, and Yannis Karageorgiou.
Coming in second with a finish of 330 feet was Frosty’s Revenge designed and built by Nathan Bailey, Tori Jayne Chapman, RJ Hetherington, Morgan McLean, and Willem Fraser. Taking the prize for public choice was The Kraken, a car by Madelyn Case, Ellen Fraser, Omar Mammoun, Isaac Anyu, and Joshua Haruna.
While the car race was a fun way to finish the course, it was not the primary goal. Dr. Nadja Bressan, an assistant professor with the FSDE, said the course is really about learning how to communicate and collaborate.
The students worked in teams of six to design, build, and test their cars in only five to six weeks. And they had to find a way to make their cars work without any mechanical propulsion. For some of them, it was the first time that they used power tools, welded metal, cut materials, or did assembly.
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