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Cedar Rapids Gazette: Veggie Car Races
Monday, November 2, 2009
About 70 first-year engineering students at the University of Iowa were given the task this semester of designing and racing model cars made entirely of fruits and vegetables.
When designing their “veggie cars,” students in the course “Engineering Problem Solving-1″ were told to pay attention to such factors as friction, weight, stability, tracking and aerodynamics.
The competition continues a long-standing tradition of challenging students to learn basic engineering principles by constructing model vehicles, bridges and other items from non-traditional materials.
The cars were raced Monday at the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Check out photographer Crystal LoGiudice’s gallery from the event below.