Event Update: Can Race Venue
Engineering design events generally emphasize a design challenge with a range of variables and restrictions. The intent is for students to design, test, revise, and improve their device. The best preparation allows for students to accommodate a variety of conditions that they may encounter at the competition. A common variable is the surface on which a device operates.
This is certainly the case with the Can Race event.
The best racers will operate effectively on a variety of surfaces. Because the students may not add any material to the surfaces of the racer, they may want to consider their design and operation variables. Over the years, we have run this event on close nap carpet, concrete sidewalk, linoleum floors, gymnasium floors, etc. We would like to advise teams that the floor surface for the 2018 Can Race at Occidental College may be very smooth.