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BCAT Engine team places 4th at national event

UPDATED Nov. 7, 2012:

The Motorsports engine building team from the Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT)traveled to Las Vegas on Oct. 30 to compete in the national Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge as part of the fourth annual Showdown at SEMA. Twelve teams in all competed. The BCAT team finished 4th the national competition.

Teams are judged by how quickly and accurately they can disassemble and then reassemble a stock engine. In regional competition earlier this year, the team completed the task in 29:10. Last year a BCAT team finished 7th nationally.

According to a SEMA news release:

In 2012 the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge program expanded for the fourth straight year by adding the SKILLS USA Georgia Event and the Georgia Open. These additional events allowed for an additional 112 students to participate this year. Through the eight events this year we saw over 600 students learn how to build and develop teamwork, demonstrate their skills, enthusiasm and ingenuity and build their confidence by competing under pressure in this challenging program.

To help nurture these students’ interests in automotive technology, three colleges (Ohio Technical College [OTC], University of Northwestern Ohio [UNOH] and School of Automotive Machinists [SAM]) will be awarding scholarships to the students that participated in the eight events and the Showdown at SEMA. In the last three to four years, these colleges have stepped up, above and beyond in support of this program and are offering over $2.5 million in scholarships to these students in 2012. To date OTC, UNOH and SAM have offered over $6 million dollars in scholarships to 1,675 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competitors!


(Last updated 11/7/12)