Future engineers race in Duncan

DUNCAN, Oklahoma – The annual Duncan Area Youth Engineering Contest hosted by Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) for 7-12th grade students in the Red River Technology Center school district will take place on Monday, November 14 in the Duncan Middle School Gymnasium.

PHOTO:Last year’s high school winners, Piper Cook and Bailey Dyer, pose with their winning checks. Sponsors and Terry Snider, President of DAEDF, present checks to students.Photo provided.

“Students have a great time building the race cars and racing them, all while learning valuable skills and earning cash prizes.” Jeannie Bowden, Race Coordinator said, “The cars are CO2 powered and travel down the 20 meter race track in less than 2 seconds. It’s something to see!”

Students compete for money awards in the areas of engineering, the fastest CO2 racecar, overall, and people’s choice. Teachers are awarded prizes, too.  Major sponsors of the race include local partners and manufacturing businesses.

High School and Middle School divisions will race on the same day, but will not compete against one another. The race takes place on November 14, but cars must be completed and turned in by Thursday, November 3 to be judged and verify the car meets specifications and is safe to race.

The contest is challenging for students, teachers, and parents. It requires critical thinking, design, drafting, and manufacturing a CO2 race car. This contest is possible because of DAEDF’s partnership with our local middle schools, high schools, Red River Technology Center, and Cameron University. Duncan’s Dream It! Do It! initiative is a manufacturing career pathway associated with the Manufacturing Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

For more information on participating or volunteering contact Jeannie at 580.255.9675 or email  jeannie@ok-duncan.com.

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