Support Interdisciplinary Project Based Learning!

UMBC Kinetic Sculpture Race Team A Project of Annual Giving Causes

During the Spring of 2015, students from mechanical engineering, computer engineering, mathematics, visual art, INDS/sustainable design, and entrepreneurship collaborated to design, build and race a kinetic sculpture called the "Kraken Upcycle." It made its debut at the 2015 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race where the team received Grand East Coast Champion Trophy for art and engineering.

Another major success came in the form of a grant from UMBC's Breaking Ground to support our efforts. We're proud of all that we've achieved so far, but we need your support as we head to California for the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.

How can you help?

Your gift will help us grow and develop in significant ways.

  • After winning the grand prize for the Baltimore race, the students now need to raise money to bring the sculpture to Arcata, California, for the national championship three-day race in May 2016.
  • Funds will also support graduate students as teaching assistants to help manage the INDS 430 course entitled "The Upcycle" in which students research, design and build installations for various Baltimore events including ArtScape, LightCity, and the kinetic sculpture race.
Learn more about the project:
Professor Steven McAlpine and students have created a short documentary film trailer with interviews, photos and videos from the project.

All contributions raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.


We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

Supported by 3 Donations: