Waldo County Technical Center Eighth Grade Students to Participate in Statewide CO2 Drag Race

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Eighth graders Lysa Beckett, Jayden Hasenbank, Brady Peters and Emma Hurd of the Waldo County Tech Center Employability Skills Program will compete in a statewide CO2 Dragster Race at SkillsUSA, a national competition of career and technical student organizations, March 18 in Bangor.

To prepare for the race, the students designed their own cars, drawing a diagram to fit the legal measurements and cutting the shape out of foam with a bandsaw, then building the cars out of timber. balsa. Each car is equipped with a CO2 canister that acts like a rocket, propelling the car down the track. The track was purchased from a STEM-based educational supply company and was assembled by students from WCTC’s Electrical Trades program. Students learned basic aerodynamics as well as the use and setup of shop tools.

The ESP program held a class-wide race to test their cars for national competition. Many other WCTC programs came out to cheer on the competitors as their cars flew around the 40ft long track. It was a heated race that produced two winners – Lysa Beckett for the morning session and Brayden Barlett for the afternoon session.

Participating in SkillsUSA gives CTSO students across the country the opportunity to practice professionalism, sportsmanship, and courage. WCTC has a long history of competing at SkillsUSA, which began in 1989. In fact, one of CO2 Dragster Race competitors Hurd have two cousins ​​and an aunt who competed in WCTC and won medals at SkillsUSA. Their names are printed on SkillsUSA State Champion banners in the WCTC Student Center. With 24 students heading to Bangor this year to compete in various competitions, there are sure to be more banners added to the collection!

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