Virginia Tech students add movement to cardboard cutouts |

Virginia Tech students add movement to cardboard cutouts

NBC News
Updated: March 08, 2021 03:21 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 03:20 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A strange college basketball season is winding down.

For most of the season, colleges across the country were not allowed to have actual fans watch the games in person.

Many tried to be creative by placing cardboard cutouts in arenas to at least give the appearance that fans were cheering on their teams. However, the cardboard cutouts were pretty dull.

That's where engineering students at Virginia Tech stepped in.

Using the skills they learned in the classroom, mechanical engineering students cobbled together metal rods, electric wires and motors to add some energy to Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum.

The students flipped the switch during the second half of men's and women's basketball games, trying to give the Virginia Tech Hokies an edge.

It seemed to work to some degree. A week ago, the visiting Wake Forest men's basketball team made only six free throws out of 13 when the moving animated fans were turned on.

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