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EAC Engineering Class Hosts Rat Trap Car Derby

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EAC Engineering Class Hosts Rat Trap Car Derby

By Aaron Tohtsoni

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Introduction to Engineering class has had a busy semester. Teams of students were tasked with designing a car powered only by a single rat trap. Their hard work will culminate in three contests¬–speed, distance, and towing capacity. The final races will be held later in the semester.

The students have been working on the cars for two months; they started with a single rat trap and just $10 for materials. They applied the laws of physics and engineering design when building their car and the students chose whether to design for speed, distance or torque. The project was just one of several projects taken on by the class this semester.

“I love engineering, I love even more seeing young students gain a passion for engineering,” said instructor Tom Palmer. “They have really worked hard on these cars and have had a lot of fun while learning the engineering design process and how to work as a team.”

The Introduction to Engineering course (EGR 102) is offered during the fall and spring semesters and course is required for engineering majors. According to Palmer, the class is great for those students who aren’t really sure if they want to pursue a career in engineering because it introduces students to many fields within engineering, through guest lectures and field trips around the Gila Valley. An EAC Engineering associate degree transfers to Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

For more information regarding the class, call Palmer at (928) 428-8226.