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November 28, 2012

Time to power up for cordless drill games Dec. 4 at Rathbone Hall atrium

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering -- Cordless Drill Games will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the atrium at Rathbone Hall in Kansas State University's engineering complex.

The games will showcase vehicles built by teams of students in ME 101, Intro to Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. The competition features 35 teams made up of 250 freshmen. The teams will be showing off vehicles they have designed and built that are powered by cordless drills. Students have built/modified bikes, trikes, scooters, skateboards and go-carts for this project

Opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. and feature a parade with the 35 vehicles in the event. They will be driven or ridden by a team member. The vehicles will then be on display and people are welcome to ask questions of the student teams. Events in the games will take place over the following days.

"MNE Cordless Drill Games event was a class project assignment to get students to start thinking about the design process, team activities, and mechanical systems," said Greg Spaulding, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering. "I will continue with this project annually, but I will create slight modifications so that future students can't just use a vehicle from the previous years."