Chem-E-Car is a hands-on design project that was introduced on the Iowa State University campus in the Fall semester of 2004. Each year, Chemical Engineering students (along with students of various other majors) design and build a small, chemically powered car to compete against cars built by students at other universities.
The cars must be powered by a chemical reaction and have no mechanical stopping device (i.e. no brakes). It must also be able to fit in a box roughly the size of a shoebox. (Official rules and information are found here.)
At regional competitions, the students are informed the amount of additional weight that the car must carry (100-500 gram of water in 1 gram increments) and the distance that the car must travel (50-100 feet in 1 inch increments). The team which comes closest to the prescribed distance (best of two runs), wins the competition and qualifies for the national competition in November.
Regional Conference 2017:
At the 2017 Regional Student conference in Tulsa two teams from Iowa State competed. A six cell lead acid battery car stopped using an iodine clock reaction placed 8th. The other car powered by an aluminum air battery and stopped with a vitamin C mechanism placed 1st in the poster presentation and 2nd in the competition. This qualifies them to compete in the upcoming National Student Conference this fall.
National Conference 2016:
On Nov. 13th Iowa State’s ChemECar team competed for the first time at the national level in the 2016 Annual Student Conference. Faced with tough competition from 41 other national and international teams they placed 34th, a great achievement. We would like to thank all of our donors who helped make the car a success!
Chem-E-Car Team Sponsors: We would like to thank all of our donors who helped make the car a success. Many of the teams at the competition relied heavily on corporate support, and we could not have done this without your generous help!
Brian & Stephanie Loveland, Steven Potvin
Get Involved with Chem-E-Car
The Chem E Car team plans on sending two cars to the regional conference this Spring. Anyone interested in taking part in Chem-E-Car is encouraged to contact the Chem-E-Car Chair or any of the team leaders.
Chem-E-Car Chair: Jamie Pryhuber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chem-E-Car Team Leaders:
Alexander Sazenski – email@example.com
Thomas Krohn- firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Musielewicz- email@example.com