500 miles per gallon. That’s the goal of the Glencoe-Silver Lake Youth Energy Summit (YES!) team as they work on building a vehicle to enter into the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Education Association’s Supermileage Challenge. 22 students from the Glencoe-Silver Lake YES! team gathered at the Glencoe Community Center on January 16thto explore the ethanol industry and automotive design practices while working on the design of their vehicle for this competition.
This workshop, put together by the YES!, included discussions with leaders in the ethanol and automotive design industries in Minnesota, including Tim Rudnicki, Executive Director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, Mark Sanderson, Associate Director at the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute (IRETI MN), and Paul Steevens, Engineering Specialist at the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The students also worked on the design of their vehicle, including what materials they will use, the timeline for their project, and the budget that they will utilize.
The students will be competing in the 25thannual Supermileage Challenge May 14-15 at Brainerd International Raceway. Continue to read about what the Glencoe-Silver Lake YES! Team is up to here.