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George Fischer MS Students Join MagLev Engineering Challenge

Students and teachers at George Fischer Middle School competed in the MagLev engineering challenge.
Students and teachers at George Fischer Middle School competed in the MagLev engineering challenge. Photo Credit: Carmel Central School District

CARMEL, N.Y. -- Future engineers from George Fischer Middle School brought home prizes from a recent competition at Dutchess County Community College.

The students built alternately powered vehicles during technology education class for the Magnetic Levitation Engineering Challenge

Students had to adhere to specifications and the vehicle had to be either powered by a battery powered electric motor or by wind.

The object of the competition was for a vehicle to achieve the highest rate of speed while traveling down a 30-foot magnetic cushioned track.

Design of battery powered electric motor vehicles had to take into account the torque of the motor, the center of gravity, balance and the weight of the vehicle.

The wind-powered vehicle designs did not have torque to consider, but the center of gravity and balance were critical factors in their success.

Students prepared for the event with their faculty advisors Robert Pallatto, and Jeff Diamonde, who are also technology educators at the school.

Participants were Krysty McDonnell, Dylan Scofield, Jeremy Scofield, Luke O’Grady, Jordan Yarusso, Ian Tumm, Maggie Haber and Leanna Florez.

The students brought home the following awards:

  • Maggie Haber and Leanna Florez took 1st place in the “Design & Appearance” category as well as 1st place for best “Blueprint.”
  • Jordan Yarusso took 3rd in the “Design & Appearance” category.
  • Ian Tumm took 3rd place in the “Speed” category.

“The students had a great time. They were able to learn and network with other top students from our area. We are very proud of our students’ achievement and good sportsmanship," said Pallatto and Diamonde.

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