Braham participates in first high-mileage car competition

It all started in September, but on May 12, eight Braham Area High School students left for Brainerd to compete in the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Supermileage Challenge.

Back in September, Luke Becker, Braham Area High School industrial technology instructor, created a class focused on building a light-weight car that had a high fuel efficiency, known as a supermileage or high-mileage car.

The class ended in January, but some students stayed on with new recruits to complete the car for competition.

Students, like junior Brian Nelson, spent 13.5 hours working on the car out of school, after school and on Saturdays.

“I’m excited to see it work,” Nelson said. He added that it showed him how to persevere through challenges outside of the classroom.

The students competed May 13 and 14.

Braham Area High School senior Tyler Sitz, 17, straps himself into the car, while junior Brian Nelson tinkers with the steering wheel. Photos by Urmila Ramakrishnan

Braham Area High School senior Tyler Sitz, 17, straps himself into the car, while junior Brian Nelson tinkers with the steering wheel.
Photos by
Urmila Ramakrishnan

Tyler Sitz checks his mirror as one of the safety inspections to make sure the car is competition-ready. He, Brian Nelson, Josh Grauel, Matthew Roepke, Kenny Mitchell, Kyle Pieper, Justin Ellis and Kole Grumman drove to Brainerd Monday to compete with other schools May 13 and 14.

Tyler Sitz checks his mirror as one of the safety inspections to make sure the car is competition-ready. He, Brian Nelson, Josh Grauel, Matthew Roepke, Kenny Mitchell, Kyle Pieper, Justin Ellis and Kole Grumman drove to Brainerd Monday to compete with other schools May 13 and 14.

A look at the car's wheel, engine and fuel tank

A look at the car’s wheel, engine and fuel tank

Industrial technology instructor Luke Becker (left), Tyler Sitz and Brian Nelson (right) perform a few safety tests on the car. Becker served as a mentor and guide through the process.

Industrial technology instructor Luke Becker (left), Tyler Sitz and Brian Nelson (right) perform a few safety tests on the car. Becker served as a mentor and guide through the process.

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