It was a busy day in the Baja Laboratory. Members began to finish organizing the shop as well as prepare vehicles and travel equipment for our upcoming races.
Ryan Long milling a component for the Steering Subsystem
The team began by setting up our camping equipment in the area outside of our lab. We use this equipment at select races, like Midnight Mayhem in Kentucky. Periodically, we inspect them for signs of wear and to assess general condition. When the setup team realized two of our tents had sustained damage from previous use, they set to work. Members Mitch Evens, Ben Atzen, Eric Jones and Alex Dalziel, as well as others, were able to identify potential issues with each tent, then repair items, like the tent structure, back to a usable state.
Ben Atzen (left) and Spencer Van-Dorn finish repairs one of the tents
Meanwhile, in the shop, other members prepared a corner of the shop for a unique surprise. Earlier in the day, students from Iowa Baja’s up-and-coming sister team, Iowa ASME, went to collect their upcoming Solar Car Chassis.
Iowa Baja helping ASME unload their new chassis
Iowa ASME's Solar Car
ASME will begin to use a portion of the shop to design and build around their chassis for their upcoming 2018 American Solar Challenge, which is similar to the SAE series raced by Iowa Baja. Vice President of Iowa ASME seemed optimistic about the future of their team.
Iowa Baja President Kayla Denson & Iowa ASME VIce President Emma Parry
Finally, the team sat down in the Baja Conference Room to propose designs to the rest of the team. The purpose of this meeting was to analyze designs which would potentially be fabricated for testing. Iowa Baja divided the design into 9 Subsystem Teams comprised of 4-6 members each to design a particular component for the upcoming National’s vehicle. Some Subsystem Teams include Steering, Suspension, Body Panels and Clutches. When a Subsystem Team would propose their designs to the group, the design would debate and critiqued as a team, to ensure every member could offer suggestions to improve the overall design.
(From Left) Rob Pohren, Eric Jones, Mitch Evens and Parker Hanks discussing designs
We are always looking for donations to our team. We accept material, machine time as well as monetary donations. For more information, check out the "Sponsors" page of our website.
President Kayla Denson and Ben Atzen discuss repairs to a vehicle part.