Rolls Report – Mini Raceday

It’s hard to say whether buggy has been lucky or unlucky with regard to weather this year.  They’ve gotten rained out 5 times but to be rolling in mid-november with temperatures in the high 40’s / low 50’s is pretty darn nice.

In attendance

Org Saturday Sunday
AEPi Camo, Kamikaze
CIA Conquest, Firebird, Renaissance, Quasar Conquest, Firebird
DTD Bethany
Fringe Banyan, Bedlam, Blizzard, Bantam Banyan, Bedlam, Blizzard, Bantam
PhiKap Shaddy, Svengali, Celerity Shaddy, Svengali, Celerity
Pioneers Chaos
PiKA Chimera, Nemesis, Zeus
SAE Rubicon
SDC Malice, Psychosis, Envy, Rage Malice, Psychosis, Envy, Rage
SigEp Barracuda, Pandora
SigNu Skua, Krait
Spirit Haraka, Seraph, Fuko Seraph, Fuko

Mini-Raceday Results
(best finish per org, times are from the end of hill2 to the finish) Continue reading

Alumni in Central Ohio?

We received this request from a science teacher in the Columbus, OH area:

I am a science teacher in Central Ohio.  As part of our second semester STEM program, we would like to have students design and build “carts” for a competition similar to the Buggy Races at CMU.  I found your website and wondered if there was anyone in Central Ohio I could speak with to get information on design, construction, and safety.  Our carts will be much simpler than the CMU buggies, but the project fits well with our program and curriculum.

Anyone out there live nearby and want to help out?  If so, send an e-mail to and I’ll put you in touch.

Composites Forum Today

This is from John Thornton, former Fringe head mechanic and current employee in the Robotics Department who is developing a long-needed center for composites. There is a forum today on campus at 4:30. See the full details.

Composite technology has long been an underground phenomenon at Carnegie Mellon. It is now time to bring this movement into the open for the first time.

Please join the newly formed Composites Development Center, part of Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center, as it hosts Carnegie Mellon’s first Composites Forum this Monday, November 4, from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. in Newell-Simon Hall room 1305. The discussion will feature NASA Senior Advisor for Composites and Structures Mark Shuart, as well as an overview of the Composites Development Center, Sweepstakes (Buggy), the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Solar Boat project team. The Composites

Forum will be an opportunity to engage in a discussion about the evolution of composites development at Carnegie Mellon, current research and projects, and the future of composites technology and education at CMU.

Please forward this information along to anyone you think might be interested in composites development, current NASA projects, Buggy, SAE, or the Solar Boat project. We hope to see you there.

***Event Recap***

What: Composites Forum at Carnegie Mellon
When: Monday, November 9, from 4:30 – 6:15 pm [Pizza will be served]
Where: Newell-Simon Hall Rm. 1305 on Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus

Thank you,
John Thornton and the Composites Development Center team
Field Robotics Center
Carnegie Mellon University

Rolls Report 11/7 & 11/8

Pittsburgh finally let buggy have a nice dry course for the weekend, so CMU stepped up and provided the torrents of water on Sunday.  Thanks CMU!  Saturday was sunny, 40-45 degrees, and over 2 hours long thanks to the end of day light savings.  Sweepstakes got through the roll order 3 full times despite a fair number of stoppages.  The first 40 minutes of Sunday went smoothly, but then Porter Hall decided to burst and spew disturbingly brown water out onto hill 3.  In just minutes the sidewalk, hill 3, and the outside of the chute were thoroughly flooded.

Mini-raceday is next weekend! Continue reading