“The best part is being able to design the best parts to make a better car.” says John Anders.
Before the students are assigned a team, they must create a presentation about themselves, some of the assets that they have, and how they would be a good addition to any group. Then, Mrs. Vanyo chooses teams that would work best together.
Before the cars are given, the teams are required to make a list of rules called “team norms” in which every team member has to make up certain requirements that the other team members have to follow, or else they won't be able to drive the team’s car.
Some of the students favorite parts about driving and modeling the cars are getting to be able to customize the cars and working like a business. Teams have to go to car dealerships like Pat Clemons, and try to get sponsorships and money to make modifications to their cars to make them faster and durable. They also like that the class is hands on, and the cars are able to go up to 60 mph.
Shelly Vanyo gives her input on the RC cars, “It’s not something that I personally enjoyed or took part in, but I thought it would be a good learning experience for the students. I was pushed out of my comfort zone to get to know about RC cars.”
Mrs. Vanyo adds that some of the pros of making RC cars is getting to be able to work on the students engineering skills and basing the design of your car based on your own skill level.
“It’s basically like Nascar, except a smaller version. The class is a great class to take because it gives in detail about what you can do and how well you can do it,” says junior Josh Ryan.
John Anders adds, “It’s easy to know what you’re doing when everyone is putting in their part. You can get a fast time, the best steering, and the best motor by having everyone in their own place. With enough teamwork and positivity you can get sponsorships from big car dealerships.”
Watch out Boone High, these cars are fast, dangerous, and they are coming to you this week!