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Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design

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Chem E Car:

Here’s the problem:

  • You have to transport material a pre-determined distance, but you can’t carry it.
  • You have the materials to build a car, but no gas.
  • You have access to a wide range of chemicals, so your car must be propelled by chemical reaction.
  • Your car also has to stop after traveling that pre-determined distance.
  • And it has to go faster and carry more than the cars developed by some of the best teams in the Northeast.

Work on a solution to this problem and you will:

  • Design and build a small vehicle
  • Set up and replicate powerful chemical reactions
  • Learn to stop powerful chemical reactions
  • Extend your knowledge of chemistry beyond the lab and put it to use
  • Get firsthand experience with chemical reactions in this unique, competitive environment

You’ll also develop real-world engineering and teamwork skills that will set you apart and make you stand out in today’s ultra-competitive job market.

Test your skills against other teams at collegiate competitions sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Clarkson students recently developed a car using Peltier junctions, which create a voltage when a temperature difference is applied across the junction. This voltage was used to power a small Lego motor and move the car. In order to stop the car, an iodine clock reaction was placed on a photo-resistor. 

The Northeast Chapter of AIChE organizes Chem E Car competitions around the region each year.