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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007

Tuesday was another day of contests, more visitors, and more judges. Today’s tests included two shower tests, a dishwasher test, washing and drying of towels, and another race to see how many miles can be put on the electric car. TAMU is averaging more that 40 miles per day, which is on par with all the other teams except Colorado, who has managed to put 80 miles per day on their car. In place of boiling five pounds of water on Tuesday, the Aggies prepared dinner for eight people, including guests from the Santa Clara team, Spain and Puerto Rico. The menu? -- Tex-Mex of course!

The Aggies did well on all of Tuesday’s tests. This will help them gain overall points since some of the other teams continue to struggle with their tests because of mechanical failures.

On Tuesday, the University of Maryland was named winner of the communication contest. Santa Clara placed second, Penn State, third, and the University of Texas placed fourth. The Aggies were in good company at 17th place, which was ahead of 18th place University of Colorado, 19th place MIT, and 20th place Carnegie Mellon. How these contests are being scored remains a topic of great discussion.

Our team continued to shine, and our house continued to perform well on Tuesday. The Aggie house is a real attraction on the mall, as it is the only house with wind turbines, which has brought us more than our share of press interviews. Wednesday our work continues as more tests will be performed on the house’s systems, more miles put on the electric car, more visitors and more judges.

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