The American Society of Mechanical Engineering is holding one of four festivals around the world at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend.
“I think it’s a really great way to see engineering in a non-abstract way. I think a lot of people don’t necessarily understand what we do,” University of Rochester student Thomas Kittross said.
Students from all over the country will go head-to-head in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, where students race handmade “super bikes.”
“it involves the design aspect, it involves the building aspect, it involves actually using something that we can see and everybody can relate to. Everybody knows how bikes work, so you can see how an engineer could take that and make it better and make it different. And that’s sorta what the goal of the project is,” Thomas Kittross said.
While these bikes make engineering easier to relate to, students said the skills the learned from it can be used in other parts of life.
“Everything has a design to it. Everything has a purpose to it, so even if you didn’t go to school for engineering, it’s important to learn about it cause it really helps you have a mindset of how to solve problems,” Penn State student Marie Moromanski said.
The races are free and open to the public. They are being Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.