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Wallace Middle School Students Build and Race C O 2 Dragsters
Fri, March 4, 2016
The Wallace Middle School technology class recently held CO2 dragster races for seventh and eighth graders. Thirty students completed a CO2 dragster during the nine week grading period.
These cars are powered by an 8 gram CO2 cartridge. The student first draws a design on paper, which is transferred to a block of basswood. The design is then sawn out and shaped with power tools, then hand sanded and finished with a coat of primer and spray paint. A computerized race track is used to launch and time the dragsters as they race down a 45 foot long track. Most cars can cover the 45 feet in a little over one second. However, these winners all had times under one second for 45 feet! Trophies were awarded to the three fastest cars: Preston H., First Place (.961 secs.); Claire P., Second Place; (.977 secs.) and Lexus G., Third Place (.989 secs.). Students in the class also voted for their favorite car design, and the Best in Show trophy went to Taylor B.