PLASTcar competition races into Penn State Behrend

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How can a day at work be so much fun?  That’s what around 100 sixth graders were probably thinking today at Erie’s Penn State Behrend. 

The Diehl and Rolling Ridge Elementary School students were racing custom-built plastic model cars.  It was part of the PLASTcar Competition at the university.  Penn State students worked with kids to help them produce functional 3-D models that they raced on an elevated track.  It’s all an effort to get excited about engineering.

Kevin Orndorf, Penn State Senior, tells us, “this is what you actually get to do in your job.  You get to see something that you built, that you designed out in the world.  And this way, they get to see if they can beat each other”.

The young students were all assisted in this day of fun and learning by the plastics engineering technology and psychology students at Behrend.

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