Mr. Van Dam's students in Engineering Problem Solving were tasked with creating a race car using the 3D modeling software TinkerCAD. Working in pairs, students designed their cars from scratch—from the body of the car to the axle and wheels. Students used 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Once the cars were constructed, it was time to race! The bracket was set and teams faced off using a ramp with just the perfect slope in Tisch Field House. Creativity and problem solving skills were key and ultimately it was Dylan Marzouca ’24 and Gabe Rivera ’25 whose Ferrari F1 won the race.
Engineering Problem Solving is a full year elective designed to introduce students to the real-world applications of engineering. Students in the course end the year with a great understanding of engineering systems, measurement techniques, and data acquisition and presentation.