Jenks and Broken Arrow students will compete at the 2016 Maker Fair competition in Kansas City

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 19:36:51-04

Students from Jenks and Broken Arrow will compete in the 2016 Kansas City Maker Fair and teams hope to walk away from the competition recognized as one of the best electric car creators in the Midwest.

Palmer Tetley and his team began creating cars just over a-year-ago, however many team members took part in competitions involving robotics all over the country.

Tetley, who helps program the software in each car, says the goal in this year's competition is to finish each race.

“Our strategy this year is to make sure we can make it through the endurance race without breaking down and lasting through it all. The first 15 minutes last year we broke an axle,” Tetley said.

The competition's endurance race consists of a 75 minute running clock that measures the distance and racing time of each car in the competition. Cars are allowed to receive a charge in the middle of the race, however any time wasted in the pits could effect the overall distance traveled by the car. 

The 2016 Maker Fair will include competitions ranging from new technology to urban farming and even scientific studies.

Moreover, Tetley and his team enjoy the creative process of robotics and anticipate coming away with new ideas from this year's competition.

“As soo as school gets out we're spending four or five days-a-week at my house building these. So if they didn't have fun I don't they would still be coming over after all this time,” Tetley said.

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