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Adventures in engineering : "Design Squad" and beyond

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Testing the Genesis racing boat

Photo courtesy of Don Pratt

What better place to test the propulsion system on a half-finished solar racing boat than in Messiah's own indoor pool?  The boat designed by the Genesis Solar Racing Team in 2004 had to complete a sprint race and an endurance race.  In order to meet both challenges, the team built their own adjustable propulsion systems from carbon fiber.  Once mastered, the process yielded propulsion blades able to withstand impact with a concrete block.


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