Wallace Middle School Students Build and Race C O 2 Dragsters

Four students hold their dragsters and trophies.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.

Contact Person: 
Deborah Hughes