Formula SAE students inspire fifth-graders to pursue engineering

April 15, 2015 - Kim Delker

FSAE StudentsThe University of New Mexico’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team members just completed an annual program serving as teachers for a three-week engineering class, part of a national program to introduce and interest youth in engineering.

The class, which was held at Monte Vista Elementary School in Albuquerque, had FSAE team members leading nearly 50 fifth-graders in the design of a miniature race car — about six inches long and made of balloons, sticks, nozzles, and other assorted parts.

The car had to be built to certain specifications, as dictated by the fictitious toy maker. This gave fifth-grade students an early glimpse into what it is like to work as a real engineer, constructing projects to a client’s specification.

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