AMSA’s Ten80 racing team won big last Thursday at the New England Regional Competition at Solidworks earning a prize of three thousand dollars. AMSA’s team won overall at the New England Regional Competition, winning first place in Graphic Design, Team Presentation, Engineering Projects, and second place in Race Events. The Ten80 racing challenge sponsors schools enabling students to design and engineer 1-10 scale remote controlled cars to race in competitions like this one. It is part of the National STEM League and sponsored by NASCAR and the U.S. Army.
The Ten80 Challenge is a cooperative team process with equal parts driving and engineering. The main driver for the AMSA team is sophomore Gabe Coulibaly, who controls the car for most of the racing events. Seniors Anmol Modur, Ian Banatoski, and Mitchell Rolla act as the head engineers for the group. The car’s aerodynamic capabilities are designed by senior Amulya Mohan. Junior Bhargavee Gnanasambandam took control of the alternative energy project in this competition. Juniors Rashed Raziuddin, Emily Wads, and Sahiti Basani head the business side of things, designing the business plans and marketing goals. The remaining team members, sophomores Emil Adolphs, Michael Abadjiev, and Brett Most, act as the pit crew during races.
At the competition last Thursday, each teammate performed outstandingly, particularly during the presentation portion of the competition. Judges were blown away by the quality and ingenuity of the AMSA team. For the Alternative Energy category, the team utilized hydrogen fuel cell technology and wind power with designs engineered in the Advanced CAD class. For Creative Engineering, the seniors built a remote control six foot glider and presented impressive aerodynamics designs. These combined efforts easily won the Engineering Award at the competition.
The racing portion involves three different races: a thirty minute endurance race, a robotic race, and a drag race. The endurance race ensures that the cars are properly engineered and maintained. The five-minute robotic race tests the teams’ programming skills, requiring a car to run for five minutes off of a computer program. The drag race is the more traditional race that comes to mind.
AMSA’s racing team will now move on to Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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