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Students get creative with food at IVCC edible car contest

Contest introduces prize for all female teams

Many cars were on display Wednesday before the racing at the 15th annual Edible Car Contest at Illinois Valley Community College.
Many cars were on display Wednesday before the racing at the 15th annual Edible Car Contest at Illinois Valley Community College.

There were mishaps. But if you can imagine, those losses were followed by laughs, smiles and even applauding.

Students watched Wednesday as edible cars made of cheese and bread, cookies and pasta, cupcakes and pretzels rolled down a ramp.

“We love seeing students come in, have a good time, get excited, learn,” said event organizer and coordinator Dorene Data at Illinois Valley Community College’s 15th annual Edible Car Contest.

“These were probably the coolest designs I’ve seen in years. They were so detailed, I’m surprised the judges didn’t have a lot more ties,” Data added. “I think the students really went the extra mile this year,” commenting the cars were beautiful and clever.

Diego Raya, of DePue, faced trial and error for the edible car he and his cousin, Adrian Morales, made.

They tied for second place in the “detail” category.

Their car was made of cucumber, fudge stripes for the wheels, gummies to hold them in place, as well as using pretzels.

Before choosing the cucumber to use, the two tried a squash, which failed, and then a papaya, which also proved not to work.

“We made a big mess,” Raya laughed.

The contest showed students STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) can be fun while also allowing students to learn.

Those who run the event also want to emphasize the lack of women in engineering fields, Data said, adding: “There’s definitely a need for women in engineering.”

This year, the contest introduced first, second and third place winners for all-girl teams.

Those who participated were: Four high schools, La Salle-Peru, St. Bede Academy, DePue and LaMoille; two junior high schools, Putnam County and Trinity Catholic Academy; as well as IVCC students, student organizations, CAD students, and other students who saw the advertised event and one faculty member.

Ali Braboy can be reached at (815) 220-6931 and abraboy@shawmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.

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