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Students Build Hybrid Maglev

Maglev Shanghai

A Maglev train in Shanghai, China

What do you call a design problem that includes a futuristic twist and extreme deadline pressure? One of Project Lead the Way‘s most daunting–and engaging–challenges. The Feb. 24 Reading (Pa.) Eagle reported on the statewide competition held earlier in the week at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Students had just 2.5 hours to design and build a hybrid magnetic levitating vehicle to run along a track using a laptop, a bag of everyday materials and their wits.

Further complicating their task: the team, which consisted of students from Reading High School and the Citadel, met for the first time moments before they had to work together.  Project Lead the Way Pennsylvania affiliate director Tom Weiss of Penn State Berks described the competition as “one of the hardest challenges that we’ve had, but the students dove right in like they were taught.”

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