CSUB to Host First Kinetic Sculpture Competition

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is hosting its first Kinetic Sculpture Competition in the spring of 2017. An informational meeting regarding the competition will be held on CSUB’s campus, Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. in Science III, Room 108. Daily parking permits can be purchased at kiosks on campus near the parking lots for the event.

“The Kinetic Sculpture Competition is designed to bring together engineering and art to create human-powered vehicles and promote the Maker Movement. We are eager to see all the wacky and creative entries that are capable of traversing over obstacles like sand and rocks, and are made from mostly refurbished materials,” said Andrea Medina, Director of Grants and Outreach for the School of NSME. “As part of the competition, interns are even planning to make human- powered vehicles from materials and machines in the CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab.”

The Kinetic Sculpture Competition is open to anyone in the community who is interested in participating and will allow teams of individuals to compete based on the human-powered vehicle they design and create. Participants are encouraged to be creative, innovative and promote sustainability by using refurbished materials. CSUB Engineering students will be available to assist with design ideas. Competition categories will include: Most Creative, Fastest, Most Innovative, among others.

The December 6 informational meeting will explain the competition design rules and connect community members who may be interested in participating. Engineering students will be in attendance to answer any questions related to competition design requirements, processes and ideas. Participants are welcome to build their own teams or attend the informational session where they can connect with other builders.

For more information or any other questions about the event, please contact fablab@csub.edu.

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