Bei­jing stu­dents’ rub­ber-band car wins first

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By CINDY LIU in Los An­ge­les cindyliu@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Stu­dents from Bei­jing Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy re­ceived the Moon Shot award in the 2014 For­mula E race hosted by the Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day.

The Best in Show award was pre­sented to Team Mon­ster from the Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign.

Twelve col­lege teams com­posed of stu­dents from the US and China and five pro­fes­sional teams com­peted in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions that re­quired all cars to be pro­pelled by rub­ber bands.

The teams were sweat­ing it out as their ra­dio re­mote con­trolled rub­ber band-pow­ered cars zoomed around the track for five hours.

Some 65 teams com­peted in China ear­lier this year and sent their best teams rep­re­sent­ing the China Academy of Art and Bei­jing Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy to com­pete with eight teams of Amer­i­can stu­dents from the Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign and Pasadena City Col­lege.

This year the event also high­lighted a “pro class” com­ple­tion, in­volv­ing teams whose mem­bers come from com­pa­nies and col­lege fac­ul­ties.

The com­pe­ti­tion presents sev­eral awards in­clud­ing Sin­clair Hill Climb, Ash­tray Drag Race, Fig­ure 8 and Best De­sign.

As a de­sign chal­lenge that pushes the bound­aries of per­for­mance, this project teaches lessons in strat­egy, prod­uct devel­op­ment, science, engi­neer­ing, de­sign, fab­ri­ca­tion, test­ing and eval­u­a­tion, brand­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and event plan­ning through a fun and prod­uct devel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fac­ulty from each team guide stu­dents through the 13-week process of plan­ning, de­sign­ing and mak­ing rub­ber band-pow­ered cars to com­pete in the race.

Judg­ing was based on a va­ri­ety of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing qual­ity, crafts­man­ship, ma­te­ri­als, style, engi­neer­ing, brand­ing, in­no­va­tion, and, of course, per­for­mance.

The judges in­cluded Art Cen­ter Pres­i­dent Lorne Buch­man, Pasadena City Col­lege Pres­i­dent Mark Rocha, Art Cen­ter Trus­tee Doug Boyd and de­sign­ers from Honda, Tesla Mo­tors and Toy­ota.

Among the many spe­cial guests in at­ten­dance were Pasadena Mayor Bill Bog­ard, and Cald­well De­sign prin­ci­pal John Cald­well.

CINDY LIU / CHINA DAILY

Team Bee from Col­lege of Art and De­sign of Bei­jing Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy presents their car, which is also named bee, at the 2014 For­mula E Race fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion hosted by Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day. The team won the Moon Shot award.

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