CO2 2018

In a puff of CO2, the cars race down the track at the DAEDF engineering contest Monday morning at the Duncan Middle School.

The Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) will host this year's Duncan Area Youth Engineering Contest for 7th-12th grade students in the Red River Technology Center - Duncan, Oklahoma sending school district on Thursday, November 21, with students winning $1,975 in combined prize money, along with scholarships to Cameron University.

This year's race will take place at the The Simmons Center located at 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan, Oklahoma. Middle school contestants should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. with racing and awards between 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. High school contestants should arrive around 10:00 a.m. with racing and awards between 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. These are estimated times and dependent upon number of entries.

Students will compete for monetary awards in the areas of engineering, the fastest C02 race car, overall, and people's choice. In addition, Cameron University is giving scholarships to the top three overall winners.

This year's participants come from Duncan Middle School, Empire Middle School, Temple Middle School, Epic Charter School, Empire High School, Red River Technology Center, Temple High School, Walters High School, and Duncan High School.

"Each year students learn so much from designing and building a C02 race car," stated Jeannie Bowden, Race Coordinator. "This event is helping to educate youth for careers following graduation and meet the workforce needs of employers."

The contest is challenging for students, teachers, and parents. It requires critical thinking, design, drafting, and manufacturing a CO2 race car. This contest is possible because of DAEDF's partnership with local businesses, middle schools, high schools, Red River Technology Center, and Cameron University. Manufacturing sponsors include Sensia, Halliburton, and Southern Machine Works, Inc.. Other sponsors include GoEngineer and Pitsco Education.

For more information about this event or additional ways DAEDF is partnering with industry and education partners, contact Jeannie at 580-255-9675 or

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