Iowa State ABE team brings home multiple awards from tractor competition

A team of engineers from Iowa State brought home multiple awards in the International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition that took place in Peoria, Illinois earlier this month.

Members of Iowa State’s Cyclone Power Pullers engineering team pose with their awards from the International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition held in Peoria, Illinois earlier this June. Photo courtesy of the Cyclone Power Pullers Facebook page.

The ABE Cyclone Power Pullers took home first place awards for Best Appearance, Manufacturability, Innovation, Written Design Report and the Maneuverability categories. The team also won a $500 prize for taking fifth in the overall competition.

The American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers holds an annual competition that “provides a realistic 360-degree workplace experience.” Student engineering teams are provided an engine and tires, and must design a working tractor around that to compete in various dynamic and static events.

Throughout the competition, students are able to get experience in various forms of design and manufacturing processes, while also developing skills in teamwork and communication.

More information on the competition can be viewed here.