Newburgh Free Academy Concept Vehicle Racing Team Takes 7th Place in National Competition
Newburgh, NY –The Newburgh Free Academy, Concept Vehicle Racing Team (CVRT) competed at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2018 in Sonoma, California this weekend. This is a national competition where our students will be competing against roughly 100 teams from high schools and colleges/universities across throughout North and South America.
The Newburgh Free Academy, Concept Vehicle Racing Team finished in seventh place as a result of the weekend competition. In the past, NFA CVRT has placed quite high. Just last year, the team placed 3rd out of 124 teams from North and South America.
The competition team participating this year consists of 11 students from 10th-12th grades, six teachers, and one retiree, however about 110 students have worked on the vehicle that the team will be racing throughout the year. Students have put in an estimated 1,000 hours of work during class and after school hours. Each high school, college, or university is only allowed to submit one team for the competition. The team worked from November 21, 2017 to April 21, 2018 and achieved 165.22 miles per gallon in their competition.
Teachers try to utilize 21st century skills that students will be able to transfer as they transition after high school. Students begin in Mr. Schweizer’s class discussing and planning the design. Eventually, they draw a blue print of what they want to build. Templates and blue prints require a lot of math, measuring, and attention to detail. Then, Mr. Czarnecki’s welding classes make the vehicle frame. Students then wrap the car in a mold and build a cover made out of carbon fiber. Throughout the process, students and teachers from different classes such as engineering, design, electronics, auto mechanics, welding, and chemistry are all involved in the process.
Students from Newburgh Free Academy have competed in similar competitions for decades. Competitions have transitioned from solar to concept vehicle in recent years. The last year that the team competed in a solar car competition, they won their division. This year’s competition focuses on use of efficient energy resources, which often means electric cars that run off of solar along with other energy efficient resources like diesel, gasoline, hydrogen fuel cell, or propane. Cars are grouped into car types and energy types for the competition.
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