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New Meaning For Meals On Wheels

Thu., Sept. 5, 1996

The freshmen engineering students had their assignment, and ate it too.

The 45 students in an introductory engineering course at West Virginia University were asked to build small cars capable of coasting down an incline.

One catch, though: The design had to be edible.

There were some creative entries, such as a squat bell pepper with pepperoni for wheels. Another car was fashioned from a block of sharp cheddar cheese and had Oreo cookies to keep it rolling.

“It’s patterned after a Lamborghini Diablo,” Brent Criser said of the cheddar car.

Professor Bill Miller said the students were graded on the cars’ speed, design and innovative use of materials. And he was serious about eating the projects Wednesday, saying students who failed to consume them would receive no grade.


 
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