Posts tagged ‘Imagine Upstate’

Deep Orange

A view into this engine compartment is disorienting, much like the old VW Beetle: nothing is where it should be. The front engine compartment contains an electric motor. But the real twist is that there is also a more traditional turbocharged engine in back. The 2 power plants give a more than 700 horsepower combined! Although top speed is limited, the vehicle is tuned for rallycross competition, with quick acceleration (0-60mph in 2 seconds) and reclaiming energy during braking.

The vehicle, dubbed Deep Orange 9 was created by students at Clemson University’s automotive program at CU-ICAR and was exhibited at the Imagine Upstate festival.

Photo by Mike Nice

First Electric Bus

Photo by Mike Nice

Greenlink has purchased four new electric buses, made by local manufacturer Proterra to replace four of the old diesel buses. This bus was on display at the Imagine Upstate festival. They are expected to go into service next month after training and the charging station is ready.

FIRST Tech Teams Challenge

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

As part of Imagine Upstate, the Red and Blue FIRST Tech Teams faced off their self-built robots in a challenge of many tasks. There is teamwork and strategy involved – objects must be collected and organized. Other objects must be placed in containers. Another challenge is to climb the mountain and rescue stranded ‘climbers’.

The most agile robots can even do 'pull-ups' on the bars at the top.

The most agile robots can even do ‘pull-ups’ on the bars at the top.

A robot at work organizing blocks

A robot at work organizing blocks

Extreme Science

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

As part of the Imagine Upstate festival which featured STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), there was demonstration by the Roper Mountain Science center which featured chemical reactions. This explosion in a trash can sent many balls skyward along with the smoke.