MIT Edgerton Center wows spectators with third annual showcase

During the recent Edgerton Center Student Teams Showcase at MIT, a solar car named Gemini, created by the Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT), made its debut. The vehicle, covered with 5 square meters of solar panels, is set to participate in the 2024 American Solar Challenge. The team proudly displayed their first-place trophy at the showcase, attracting a crowd of intrigued onlookers.

MIT Motorsports also showcased their electric race car, MY24, at the event. The SEVT team lent a helping hand in transporting MY24, demonstrating the collaborative spirit among Edgerton teams. MY24 is gearing up to compete in the FSAE Hybrid event in Loudon, New Hampshire, on May 1, followed by the FSAE Motorsports event in Michigan in June.

The Edgerton Center Showcase at Lobby 13 featured 14 student teams showcasing innovative technologies, including autonomous waterborne craft, rockets, wind turbines, assistive devices, and hydrogen-powered turbine engines. Anhad Sawhney, the president of MITERS, expressed admiration for the diverse projects presented by the teams at the event.

MITERS showcased a Tesla coil that generated electrical crackles to the pitch of a computer keyboard input, captivating visitors with its unique demonstration. Established in 1973, MITERS continues to foster creativity and innovation among students with projects like the motorized shopping cart, DOOMsled.

Spokes, another Edgerton team, delighted attendees by offering milkshakes churned using a bike-powered blender. The team plans to embark on a cross-country biking journey this summer, incorporating STEM outreach activities into their itinerary.

The Assistive Technology Club, a new addition to the Edgerton Center teams, showcased game-changing innovations aimed at improving lives. Their projects included a blind assistance app using machine learning and a one-handed game controller for individuals with mobility impairments.

The MIT Wind team presented their prototype wind turbine, marking their entry into the Collegiate Wind Competition. Team captain Kirby Heck highlighted the team’s focus on rotor optimization and blade fabrication for future competitions.

During the event, SEVT captain Adrienne Wing Suen Lai and first-year Rachel Mohammed recognized all participating teams. Peggy Eysenbach, the event organizer, received a special tribute, while Edgerton Center Director Kim Vandiver reflected on the 30-year history of engineering teams sponsored by the center.

Vandiver emphasized the professional growth and development that participation in engineering teams fosters, preparing students for successful careers in project management post-graduation.

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