After months of planning, weeks of building, and days of testing, Crusader Gator, the St. Paul’s Schools’ entry in the Kinetic Sculpture Race, successfully completed the course on May 4.
Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human-powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship through the streets of downtown Baltimore and across the waters of the Inner Harbor. The eight-hour race covers 15 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.
Students in the STEM Club have been working on the St. Paul’s entry with Director of STEM Initiatives Mick Scott since near the beginning of the school year.
“Engineering is the practical application of science and math,” said Mr. Scott, who was assisted by Middle School woodworking teacher Doug Finkel. “The STEM lab gives students real problems, where they first come up with theoretical design solutions, and then actually build and implement those solutions. It’s where the rubber meets the road – literally, with this project.”
Congratulations to students Jackson Doughty, Adam Glinowiecki, Darby Coyne, Andrew DiFurio, and Karl Nasrallah, who built and manned the sculpture. Upper School art students from SPSG designed and crafted the Crusader Gator artwork that adorned the entry, as well as the T-shirts crew members wore.
Following the race, the kinetic sculpture has become a familiar presence around campus, turning up outside each of the schools and on the porch of Brooklandwood. Mr. Scott hopes its visibility will prompt even greater participation in STEM Club next year.