Engineering students test out modified go-karts in West Richland
More than a dozen students from Washington State University Tri-Cities put their engineering skills to the test today as they drive go-karts built from scratch.
The engineering students have spent the last five weeks making modifications to the go-karts, which were originally built last year.
This afternoon, the students had a friendly competition at the Tri-City Raceway in West Richland.
Two teams had to weave the renovated go-karts in and out of several orange cones.
Then, using an arm they built and attached to the go-kart, the students had to pick up three items, three different ways, and try to put them inside a space corresponding to that item.
Students say all the hard work they put into the project is paying off today.
"To see all the engineering just finally come together and actually work, that's what this project is all about. And really, out of all my classes, this has been the most beneficial. This is real engineering at work" said Zachary Undag, student.
The students have been studying mechanical engineering for the past three or four years.
For this project, they used all the skills they've learned so far.
They had to draw out their designs from scratch, find the materials, and put it all together within a certain amount of time.