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( August 5, 1999)
SDSM& T VEHICLE TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN ELLSWORTH AIR SHOW
Four vehicle teams from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) will be displaying their vehicles at the Ellsworth Air Force Base Air Show, Dakota Thunder, this Saturday, August 7, 1999. The vehicles, which will be on display in the Pride Hanger, include the Concrete Canoe, Mini- Baja, Mini- Indy, and Solar Car. Students and faculty advisors will be on- hand to answer any questions.
SDSM& T’s Concrete Canoe team competed in the National Concrete Canoe Competition held June 17- 19 in Melbourne, Florida. Racing their concrete canoe Chameleon, they designed, built and marketed to a panel of judges, Tech’s student team finished in 5th place overall at the competition. 1999 marks the fourth time SDSM& T has finished in the top five in the national competition.
The Mini- Baja student team competed in the Western Competition April 15- 17, 1999 at Kansas State University. The intercollegiate Mini- Baja competition involves real- world engineering design projects in which each student team designs, builds, and races a four- wheel, off- road recreation vehicle.
The Mini- Indy or Formula SAE vehicle competed at the National Formula SAE competition May 19- 23, 1999 in Pontiac, Michigan. Vehicles were judged in four driving events that included autocross, endurance, skid pad, and acceleration. The primary goal of the competition is to provide students with a meaningful project experience in their engineering program, to prepare engineers for the auto industry, and to bring new ideas on safety, economy, and performance into automobiles.
SDSM& T’s Solar Motion Team will be displaying their solar- powered racecar, Dakota Heat. The team recently competed in Sunrayce ’ 99 – the nation’s largest solar- powered car race – June 20- 29 from Washington, D. C. to Orlando, Florida. Sunrayce is a biennial intercollegiate competition to design, build and race cars powered solely by electricity from solar panels.
For additional information about the EAFB Air Show, or the vehicle teams at SDSM& T, contact the Office of University Relations at ( 605) 394- 2554/ 6082.
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