Edible Car Contest Teaches Students Engineering With A Fun Twist

The 22nd-annual event at Texas Woman’s University is like a pinewood derby but with more baked goods.

By Bill ZeebleMarch 11, 2020 5:07 pm, , , , ,

From KERA:

For more than 20 years, Texas Woman’s University  has hosted a build-your-own car contest for kids in grades six through 12. It’s kind of like a Boy Scouts’ pinewood derby, only for these cars, think baked goods.

In a crowded TWU auditorium during this year’s contest, vehicles 1 foot long and 4 inches high raced down a ramp.

“Guys ready? One, two, three — there it goes,” Mark Hamner, a vice provost at TWU said as he released a long, green vegetable car down the ramp.

“2.52 [seconds]; that was excellent,” Hamner said.

Some take more than a 60 seconds. The fastest this year clocked in at a second and a half.

Welcome to TWU’s 22nd-annual edible car contest.

The cars are made of everything from sausage and sugar, to salt and squash.

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