On Saturday March 31st a group of EWI staff competed in the pinewood derby race, which was put together by the Columbus Dispatch. Our competitors were Battelle’s armored car division, OSU-CAR and a real Cub Scout. The event was held by Battelle in their old building.
Our team consisted of:
Mary Lorenz, Human Resource Specialist – Human Resources
Maggie Perez, Marketing & Sales Coordinator – Corporate Communications
Jeff Root, Applications Engineer – Design, Controls & Automation
Michelle Laverty, I.P. Manager – Technology & Innovation
There were two sets of races; one had to conform to the Official Cub Scout rules and the other one was a cheater class car. Our team chose to build four different pinewood derby cars. From those four, two were selected for the actual competition. Our engineers wanted to make it as fun as possible by building the most radical cars they could dream up while holding to the design constraints of speed, and the rules of the pinewood derby. The four cars built were:
- Hypersonic re-entry Vehicle – A two stage car that launches another car.
- Hot Dog of Doom – Built using a material that is twice as heavy as lead per unit volume.
- Little Red Corvette – Built using 64 thin layers of custom laser cut pine.
- The Wedge – A classic design built “just in case”.
Our engineers definitely created the coolest ‘outside the box’ concept cars. EWI even managed to beat Battelle in the standard class. OSU-CAR won first place. The Cub Scout finished second, EWI came in third, and Battelle won fourth place. It was no secret that EWI was in the house and we brought our A game. Sean Gleeson, Project Engineer, even wore his Magic Thinking Hat….why you ask? It was a scheme to intimidate the competition and I think it worked, as everyone in the building knew when we arrived.
Stay tuned for more details on Saturday’s pinewood derby race. The event is scheduled to appear in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, April 8th. Also, there was a camera crew from the Discovery Channel Canada at the event, so stay tuned for that as well.
To view more pictures of this event, please visit our Facebook page.
My name is Maggie Perez and I am in the Marketing & Sales department. If you have any questions about this blog or the event, please feel free to contact me at 614.688.5062 or by email at [email protected].