Keep the Quarter Scale Tractor Team Running
The Auburn University Quarter Scale Tractor Team is a group of Biosystems Engineering students who work together each year to compete in the International Quarter Scale Tractor Meet hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. At this event, students are given only an engine and a set of four tires. From there they are required to design, build and put their machines to the test in three performance events -- which include tractor pulls, a maneuverability course and a durability course.
A panel of industry experts then judge each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, safety, sound level, and ergonomics. They must also “sell” their design in a formal presentation.
Through involvement in the competition, students gain practical experience in design, manufacturing and analysis of tractor performance. Additionally, they also develop skills in communication, leadership and teamwork.
Here’s where we need your help.
Since 2003, Auburn has been participating in this competition, sending on average five students and two advisors each year. The travel expenses to send the team to this competition, held in Illinois, can be costly.
We want to raise enough funds to cover 3-4 days of room and board for each student, as well as transportation for the tractor, tools and equipment needed for the competition.
The team also wishes to raise funds for a second tractor so that in the future, they can have an A-Team and a secondary X-Team. This would grow the size of the team and would allow the group to send an additional tractor to compete.