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High School Students Compete in SuperMileage Challenge at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 1, 2014)  – Approximately 70 students from six area high schools traveled to the Missouri Safety Center Highway Instructional Park at the University of Central Missouri April 15, ready prove they had met the challenge of designing and building a high-mileage, gasoline-powered vehicle that could compete for the title of winner of the Missouri SuperMileage challenge.

Missouri SuperMileage Challenge 2014

Pit crews offer last minute advice to drivers as area high school students prepare to enter competition in the Missouri SuperMileage Challenge at the University of Central Missouri.

This is the ninth year for the annual Missouri Super Mileage Challenge at UCM, a competition to see which group of high school students can design, build and operate an internal combustion-powered vehicle that will receive the best gas mileage on a closed course.

Following inspections and trial runs with their vehicles in the morning, the teams took to the course for competition in the afternoon. Teams competed in two divisions. All six schools competed in the regular e-10 gasoline class, with two schools competing in the biodiesel class.

In the regular e-10 gasoline class, Odessa High School took first place with 122.345 miles per gallon, receiving the prize of a Lincoln welder. Odessa Car #2 also took second place with 81.277 miles per gallon, and Oak Grove High School, competing for the first time, took third place with 74.976 miles per gallon.

In the biodiesel class, John Burroughs High School, St. Louis, took first place with 127.409 miles per gallon.

Odessa High School Car #2 received the Best in Show Award, and Burroughs received the Pit Award. Odessa also received the sportsmanship award, and Burroughs received the Best Engineering Award, also receiving a Lincoln welder.

Additional schools competing were Marshall High School, Eldorado Springs High School and School of the Osage.

In addition to testing their knowledge of aerodynamics and mechanical engineering in the design of their cars, the students also were required to employ driving techniques that would yield the highest miles per gallon rating with the measured amount of fuel they were given. Students also were provided opportunities to apply problem-solving skills and work as a team.

Sponsored UCM’s Department of Career and Technology Education in cooperation with the Missouri Safety Center, the Missouri Super Mileage Challenge is open to all Missouri high schools representing all academic disciplines, including math, science and technology education. Participating schools offer the curriculum to teach mechanical load testing, aerodynamics, materials selection and fuel efficiency.

Carter Fawkes, a UCM alumnus and teacher at Marshall High School, is director of the Missouri Super Mileage Challenge, and the UCM Technology Education College Association provided expertise in track officiating. The Missouri Super Mileage Association also collaborates with event organizers.