2010 Agricultural Technology Contest
March 27, 2010
Power Tool Drag Race
Contest Description and Rules:
Please direct questions to:
Dr. Dean Olson
This year, all vehicles must be powered by a 120-volt Router for the official competition.
Students are encouraged to participate in an exhibition class using previous year vehicles to obtain experience.
The purpose of the Power Tool Drag Racing competition is: Student Competitors will design and build a vehicle powered by a handheld power tool to run down a track in the shortest time. The vehicle is driven by a power tool that is connected to the drive train by a transmission. The vehicle can be constructed from any material, but must fit within the vehicle specifications listed. Power tools must have the trigger locked in to place. The tool will be started remotely by a switch operated by a student competitor. A vehicle will be stopped by 18 inches of couch cushion foam at the end of the track. It is up to the competitors to build a vehicle that will not be harmed by our foam cushioning system.
The track will be set up like an NHRA drag strip with the finish line being 24' from the start line. The track surface is painted OSB plywood. This competition will be run as a timed event. The start of the race will be based on a drag strip light system (three amber, one green, and fault lights). The vehicle will be powered up upon the pushing of a start button, and in the event of a false start a time delayed start will be imposed (0.5 seconds penalty) adding to the overall run time. The finish line will use a laser beam installed at a height of 4" which needs to be broken by the front most part of the vehicle. Once the vehicle crosses the finish line the time will be stopped and the vehicle will be de-powered. The times will be displayed to the nearest one-hundredth of a second. Three times will be recorded and the best of the three times will be used to determine a winner. All three runs must be completed during the allotted time for the competition. Only hand tools and/or 120 volt/battery power tools can be used for repairs (Please: no welders or grinders. Light repairs only). Participants MUST be present to run their own vehicles.
Basis for Creativity is as follows: