Students from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah campus recently attended the Student Regional Conference for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The students attended plant tours and workshops, presented research, and competed in ChemE Jeopardy and the Chem-E-Car competition.
In the Chem-E-Car competition, students had to design and build a car that was powered by a chemical reaction. The students had to control the reaction so that the car traveled a given distance carrying a given weight of water. Both the distance and weight are randomly determined one hour before the start of the competition. The students meticulously prepared by running multiple conditions so that they could properly model the carâ€Ã¢ Â¢s performance. With this information, the students setup the reaction so that the car stopped the closest to the given distance. The University of Kentucky Paducah students finished third out of 18 teams. This qualifies the students to compete at the national conference scheduled Oct. 27-30 in Minneapolis.