Beijing students' rubber-band car wins first

Updated: 2014-08-08 12:47

By Cindy Liu in Los Angeles (China Daily USA)

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Students from Beijing University of Technology received the Moon Shot award in the 2014 Formula E race hosted by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California on Thursday.

The Best in Show award was presented to Team Monster from the Art Center College of Design.

Twelve college teams composed of students from the US and China and five professional teams competed in various competitions that required all cars to be propelled by rubber bands.

The teams were sweating it out as their radio remote controlled rubber band-powered cars zoomed around the track for five hours.

Some 65 teams competed in China earlier this year and sent their best teams representing the China Academy of Art and Beijing University of Technology to compete with eight teams of American students from the Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College.

This year the event also highlighted a "pro class" completion, involving teams whose members come from companies and college faculties.

The competition presents several awards including Sinclair Hill Climb, Ashtray Drag Race, Figure 8 and Best Design.

As a design challenge that pushes the boundaries of performance, this project teaches lessons in strategy, product development, science, engineering, design, fabrication, testing and evaluation, branding, communications and event planning through a fun and product development experience.

Faculty from each team guide students through the 13-week process of planning, designing and making rubber band-powered cars to compete in the race.

Judging was based on a variety of criteria including quality, craftsmanship, materials, style, engineering, branding, innovation, and, of course, performance.

The judges included Art Center President Lorne Buchman, Pasadena City College President Mark Rocha, Art Center Trustee Doug Boyd and designers from Honda, Tesla Motors and Toyota.

Among the many special guests in attendance were Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard, and Caldwell Design principal John Caldwell.

 Beijing students' rubber-band car wins first

Team Bee from College of Art and Design of Beijing University of Technology presents their car, which is also named bee, at the 2014 Formula E Race final competition hosted by Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California on Thursday. The team won the Moon Shot award. Cindy Liu / China Daily

(China Daily USA 08/08/2014 page2)