The Sled Dogs finished 7th place overall out of 27 teams from Canada, Israel and the United States. This is the team’s first top 10 finish since 2012. The competition this year was one of the most competitive in recent years. The Sled Dogs finished with 1,985 total points (out of 2,320 total possible points), landing only 68 points below Purdue University in first place.
To summarize the highlights from this year’s competition, the Sled Dogs placed 5th in the durability event, 6th in the marketing presentation, 8th place in design judging, and 9th in the performance pulls. The team also received awards for best written design report and best appearance. The team is very proud of their performance at this year’s competition and will be striving for continuous improvement in the years to come.
Lastly, the team would like to thank their sponsors for the 2017 season. The support that the team continues to receive is invaluable. We would not be able to build a competitive tractor and attend competition without the financial support.
The Sled Dogs are very excited about the 2017-2018 season. The team has already been dissecting the feedback from the competition judges and thinking of ideas to improve upon the 2017 model. Once the team comes back together in September, they will all be eager to start designing the 2018 tractor.
Written by student and Sled Dog ¼ Scale Tractor team member, Cory Bart