Before most of them can drive, students recently showed they know what it takes to design cars.
Inspired by automotive engineering, teams in Mexico, China and France were honored as the top winners of the 2016 Honeywell Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC).
For eight weeks, eight teams in seven countries worked with teachers and Honeywell volunteers to design and build electric gear-driven toy cars. The global competition was led by teachers and assisted by Honeywell employee volunteers. The SADC program comprised more than 400 students from eight schools in seven countries with the support of nearly 70 Honeywell employee volunteers.
The team from Colegio Americano de Mexicali in Mexico was awarded first place for their project. It was the second year in a row the school earned first place and the third consecutive year earning a podium position. Team members Galo Fimbres, 13, Rocἰo Silenciario, 13, Alan Monroy, 13, and Cassandra Maese, 18, created “The Emperor of Wheels” toy car company during two months of classroom activities. Their project used a penguin theme to align with their demographic research on what a target audience would want in a toy car.
"Honeywell's SADC program has provided a creative approach in attracting our students toward math, science and technology in way which was a lot of fun," said Graciela Ramos, principal of Colegio Americano de Mexicali. "This year we are very proud of all our teams, especially the winning team for accomplish the first place for two consecutive years and we are grateful for the level of experience shown by the Honeywell volunteers in delivering their classes, which has resulted in this great achievement for Mexicali."
It was the ninth consecutive year that Honeywell Transportation Systems (TS) partnered with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International to lead the worldwide competition. The cosponsored program has small groups of middle school students employ a multi-disciplinary curriculum into the development of their final project. During the six- to eight-week in-class school curriculum, the students are connected to Honeywell volunteers who mentor and guide them through this process, giving the students an opportunity to connect and engage with the automotive industry.