ASABE (the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) is interested in providing students from all engineering disciplines professional experience, education, and fun. ASABE organizes a national student design competition based on the concept of designing, fabricating, and testing a quarter scale pulling tractor.
The design competition is arranged to be both educational and fun for the students. There are four main judging categories: a written design report, a team presentation, an individual design judging competition, and a performance competition. The performance competition, the highlight of the event, is comprised of a multi-stage tractor pull using a progressive-resistance sled.
Through involvement in the competition students gain practical experience in the design of drivetrain systems, tractor performance, fabrication techniques, analysis of tractive forces, weight transfer, and strength of materials. In addition they also develop skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, fundraising, and testing and development.