Department of Engineering Technology
First, let me say how proud I am of each of the students who went on the trip with us. They were a “team” from the beginning and I was impressed with their attitudes, abilities, and actions.
Being our first experience with the “Great Moon Buggy Race”, we were unsure of what to expect. While Mr. Kurtz and the Capstone class had spent hours going over the rules and regulations we still really had no idea what things would be like once we arrived. Our team settled into our pit area with a complete moon buggy that was ready to go! This allowed the kids the opportunity to walk around the pits and meet people from other states and countries, and also look at the moon buggy’s that the other teams brought. I think this was an instrumental part of their team work. After our first race, we knew we had to make some modifications. The students were able to share ideas that they had seen on other buggies, and with Mr. Kurtz and Mr. White’s guidance they were able to implement those that would work on our buggy. With those changes, they shaved 19 minutes off their second run. IMPRESSIVE!
I had an amazing time. I loved getting to know each of the students on a more personal level and see them shine. This program is an awesome learning tool that I hope we can continue at SWOSU.