University student always wants to get that real-world experience and clubs are the closest way to get it. USF has a variety of clubs related to engineering and some give students real-world experience. The team is listening to USF's Formula SAE Bulls Racing talk about how engineering students learn practical skills through designing and creating a race car every year.
A freshman mechanical student talks to us about Bulls Racing that creates and competes with a Formula SAE car. The competitions that they compete in include three dynamic events and a business presentation. The first event is the Autocross, it involves showing that the car can race by evaluating drivers' skills and quick thinking on a track. Next is the Acceleration event, they score the teams on the speed from start to end of a certain distance. Finally, the last event is the Endurance test, the main event is on a 22 Km track, where the cars real challenge is finishing.
The interesting parts are when halfway through teams must go to pits, turn off the car, change drivers, and restart the car. Of course, this is all timed the faster a car with the least amount of penalty points wins. These events are monitored by volunteers and timing equipment to ensure correct results. The student discusses how they create the entire design in SolidWorks before building. Moreover, to be cost-effective when they test parts of the car they use last year frame. The interviews ended after a comparison of the experience FIRST student receive in high school to that students receive in universities. He talks about the benefits he has received from being in this club and thinks that FIRST students are gaining great experience.
To learn more about University of South Florida's Formula SAE Bulls Racing go to the USF Bulls Racing website.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Daniele is a student at Florida Polytechnic University who is studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLuGHiTz Live Special Events and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.