Engineering Students Design, Build and Race Cardboard Vehicles

Posted: October 26, 2011


Two years ago, engineering students at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) built functional, full-size furniture (even a throne!) out of nothing but recycled cardboard, glue and duct tape. Last year, they built two-person boats and raced them on the College pond.

This year? Approximately 100 students will design, build and race vehicles – some of which will be two-wheeled scooters and some will be, well, you never know what creative MHCC engineering students will come up with!

The third annual cardboard event will take place Oct. 28, 1 – 4 p.m., on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The event is free and spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorite team or vehicle.

KPTV's Joe V. (in the driver's seat) joined MHCC engineering students for a practice run, Oct. 27. Left to right: Vyncent Espinoza, Tyler Haggstrom, Cody Holthus, Amanda Herrera and Kyle Kappertz.
KPTV's Joe V. (in the driver's seat) joined MHCC engineering students for a practice run, Oct. 27. Left to right: Vyncent Espinoza, Tyler Haggstrom, Cody Holthus, Amanda Herrera and Kyle Kappertz.

Troy Donaldson, mechanical engineering technology instructor, and Michael Woodburn, engineering transfer instructor, assigned the cardboard project to first-year students in their classes.

“At MHCC, we believe project-based learning is the best way to teach engineering topics such as teamwork, scheduling, communication, design and ethics,” explains Donaldson.

“One of the keys to early success in college is engagement and engineering students by nature like to design, create, problem-solve, test and build, so we want them to experience that early in their education,” he continues, “Plus, it’s big fun!”

Working in four-person teams, students must create a wheeled vehicle and steer it down a nine-foot wide track, turn and stop within a specific distance of a target. To prevent anyone from breaking with their feet ala Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, drivers and passengers must not touch the ground. Three teams will race at a time, with the victors advancing to the next round until a champion is declared. Or, there’s one functioning vehicle on the course.

If you plan to come out and watch this great event, parking permits are required on the Gresham Campus. Full day permits may be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks located by the flagpoles and gym.

For information on MHCC’s engineering programs, please visit mhcc.edu.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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