Student Projects: Experiential Learning
Students at The Ohio State University have the opportunity to participate in Motorsports Student Projects. This program challenges students of all majors, backgrounds, skill levels and degrees of experience to compete on one of six student teams. Applying research and classroom concepts, this experiential learning project teaches skills for designing, fabricating, racing, managing and marketing competition vehicles. This experience includes machining, engine testing, battery testing and computer aided design.
Venturi Buckeye Bullet
The mission of the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 team is to provide unique engineering challenges for students—valuable, hands-on experience—creating some of the best new engineers in the world. This student team pushes the envelope of electric vehicle technology and in so doing aims to change public perception of electric vehicles. Mission: prove that green technologies of the future will be both fun to drive and fast! Watch a video of August 2014 tests at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. Support the team here.
Credit: Venturi 2016 Shivraj Gohil / Spacesuit Media
Ohio State EcoCAR 3
EcoCAR 3 is the latest U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series and is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. More: ecocar.osu.edu. Support the team here.
Buckeye Current was founded by students in 2010 as the Buckeye Electric Motorcycle Race Team. The team’s goal is to provide students experience with electric vehicles and to construct a fully operable electric motorcycle to compete in races on both the national and international level. More: current.osu.edu. Support the team here.
Formula Buckeyes SAE
Formula Buckeyes is a volunteer student organization tasked with building a racecar to compete nationally and internationally. The team operates out of the Center for Automotive research at The Ohio State University. Support the team here.
Baja Buckeyes SAE
Baja Buckeyes SAE team is a student organization built to develop members' understanding of the automotive and motorsports businesses, as well as provide hands-on experiences that expand knowledge of engineering and fabrication practices. As a student-managed o-road race team, the group strives to present challenges to members, enabling them to learn the important elements of project management, business management and engineering design. Support the team here.
The Supermileage SAE team provides students with a challenging design project involving the development and construction of a single-person, fuel efficient vehicle. Utilizing unleaded fuel, the goal is to build a vehicle aimed at obtaining the highest combined miles per gallon (kilometers per liter) rating plus design segment points winning the event. The team welcomes students of any major and skill level, and competes at the Supermileage SAE competition. Support the team here.