Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school


Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Issue 24, Volume 18.
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Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - Potter Jr. High School students David Armet, left, and Patrick Maes, right, set up C02-powered dragsters for a race on May 23 just prior to summer vacation that celebrated the culmination of a research and development Paxton/Patterson career lab in Julie Hinkhouse’s class. Blake Johnson looks on.
Potter Jr. High School students David Armet, left, and Patrick Maes, right, set up C02-powered dragsters for a race on May 23 just prior to summer vacation that celebrated the culmination of a research and development Paxton/Patterson career lab in Julie Hinkhouse’s class. Blake Johnson looks on.

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. -

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - Potter Jr. High School student Caleb Smedley proudly displays his C02-powered dragster. Students built their cars out of a blank block of pine wood and then compared and contrasted aerodynamic efficiency relating to speed for a professional dragster and for fuel economy in a family vehicle.
Potter Jr. High School student Caleb Smedley proudly displays his C02-powered dragster. Students built their cars out of a blank block of pine wood and then compared and contrasted aerodynamic efficiency relating to speed for a professional dragster and for fuel economy in a family vehicle.

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - Potter Jr. High School teacher Julie Hinkhouse and student Patrick Maes get dragsters ready for a race. Students researched and designed concepts for the dragsters with a particular emphasis placed on automobile design. They learned how vehicle designers use crash testing to develop safer cars.  
Potter Jr. High School teacher Julie Hinkhouse and student Patrick Maes get dragsters ready for a race. Students researched and designed concepts for the dragsters with a particular emphasis placed on automobile design. They learned how vehicle designers use crash testing to develop safer cars.  

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - David Armet inserts a CO2 cartridge into dragsters at the starting line. With those cartridges, the cars can reach speeds of 10 miles per hour.  
David Armet inserts a CO2 cartridge into dragsters at the starting line. With those cartridges, the cars can reach speeds of 10 miles per hour.  

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - A dragster races down the track toward the finish line. The students test their dragsters using a proprietary digital raceway, racing head to head. In this case, the front wheels are up and there is a CO2 cloud at the rear of the dragster.
A dragster races down the track toward the finish line. The students test their dragsters using a proprietary digital raceway, racing head to head. In this case, the front wheels are up and there is a CO2 cloud at the rear of the dragster.

Dragster races at Potter Jr. High signify end of school - Christine Rinaldi photo. - Patrick Maes repairs a fishing line used to anchor the dragsters to the track. Maes worked at the finish line and was responsible for picking up the cars after they flew off of the track. 
Patrick Maes repairs a fishing line used to anchor the dragsters to the track. Maes worked at the finish line and was responsible for picking up the cars after they flew off of the track. 


 

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