4/19/2014 9:00:00 AM
Miss Madison: Students get a look under the hood
Seth Grundhoefer
Courier Staff Writer

The Oberto/Miss Madison was quietly undergoing a springtime facelift Thursday when high school students from Lexington, Ky., visited the hydroplane at its Michigan Road workshop.

The boat was stripped down, with engine parts spread through the workshop. Before the class visit, workers primed the carbon-fiber exterior.

With new driver Jimmy Shane and a changed sponsor name, the boat will receive a redesign, while maintaining the core Oberto red, green, silver and white colors.

Jimmy Gilbert, left, team Miss Madison's electric and computer guru, led the tour of about 20 students from Dunbar High School.

Gilbert reviewed some of the boat's mechanics that allow it to propel to more than 200 mph. He showed a propeller, an $8,000 piece, to demonstate the cost that goes into the machine.

"This boat, when it's ready to race, is $1 million," he said.

Ohio Valley Vintage Hydroplane Association works with Dr. H.A. Hasan, associate professor in education at Spalding University, to teach students involved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Hasan, who was on the tour, teaches students in elementary and high school through project-based learning and founded the Project Hydroplane Racing Program. He uses hydroplane kits to teach the students through hands-on techniques and holds competitions once the projects are completed.