Making adjustments to their team’s radio-controlled car at CVTC’s STEM Race Camp are, from left: Matthew Bickelhaupt of Bartlett, Illinois, Tucker Manderscheid of Chippewa Falls, and Sanders Hang and Kao Yang of Eau Claire North.
EAU CLAIRE — Chippewa Falls High School freshman Tucker Manderscheid started playing with radio-controlled model vehicles about three years ago, and he really didn’t need to know much to get started. If you charge the battery and pull the trigger on the control, you can watch it go.
But how do you make it go faster, take corners better, accelerate faster, and avoid those nasty skids and wipe-outs? That involves quite a bit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — what educators call the STEM fields.
Teaching students like Manderscheid and some of his Chi-Hi classmates scientific principles while they have fun with radio-controlled race cars was the idea behind last week’s STEM Race Camp at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.