Rolling down the halls with First-Year Engineering!

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Edible cars on display on the table.

Each year the STEM College does something to improve the education of its students. For the last two years the first-year engineers have been working on different project throughout the semesters.

Their first project is the Edible Car Competition, where the students go through the process of building cars out of all edible materials, like rice cakes and baguettes. From conception to execution, the students work in groups to learn the basic principles of engineering and communication skills. The skills they learn are the building blocks of their future education.

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Edible cars lined up under the mosaic.

The students were judged on speed, creativity, and distance. They were graded on a technical memo and presentations, but were also responsible for peer evaluations, an important part of working in groups. One of the most memorable cars this year was the baguette car, which won the furthest distance in the morning classes.

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The class fills up the atrium working on their cars.

Later in the semester, they will work on other projects that begin the introduction to tools they may use in their future careers, like AutoCAD. The STEM College hopes to continue seeing crisped rice treats rolling around the lobby of Moser Hall.