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WSU-TC engineering students race go-carts they built

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- Almost two dozen engineering students from Washington State University Tri-Cities tested two go-carts they designed and built at the Tri-City Raceway.

"This is how we can apply the past three or four years of learning about mechanical engineering to a real-world experience," senior Sarah Sederburg said. "We've been working on the go-carts outside of class. This is a competitive event."

"This gave the students a sense of how an engineering project comes together, from a detailed drawing to fabrication," said instructor Rick Cameron, who personally financed the materials.

He said the project also emphasized safety and how to analyze stress points in the design. The 27 mechanical engineering students broke into two teams. The project leader of one of the teams said it wasn't easy to take something from a concept to reality.

"Knowing how to design something in a way that manufacturing is easier is also necessary for engineering, to be a good engineer," said Senior Zach Undag.