Vonnie Hawkins via Crowdrise
May 10, 2011
BENEFITING: BATON ROUGE HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 16, 2011
The website for the event is here: http://www.winstonsolar.org/challenge/
About the BRHS Solar Car Team: read the Advocate story here: http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/Students-use-parts-with-past-to-build-car-of-future.html
..."Called Sun Dog Racer, the car has been tinkered with now by five different sets of Baton Rouge Magnet High School students. The latest group will take the car in mid July to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the annual Solar Car Challenge, a grueling six-hour race during which temperatures on the track routinely reach well above 100 degrees.
The current team, mostly freshmen, has been spending Wednesday afternoons working on the car. Last Wednesday, for instance, the students were installing a new floor pan — in truth, a section of a discarded sign, pointed downward, from state Rep. Hunter Greene’s unsuccessful campaign for family court judge.
“Everything in this vehicle has been modified in some way,” said junior Rick Hochenedel, 17.
Hochenedel is the team leader and the only returning member from last year’s solar car race...."
About the Solar Car Challenge:
In 1993, the Solar Car Team launched an education program to teach high school students how to build and safely race roadworthy solar cars. The Solar Education Program met this objective, and works to provide curriculum materials, on-site visits, and workshop opportunities for high schools across the country.
The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in the sciences, engineering, and technology. The end product of each two-year education cycle is the Solar Car Challenge: a closed-track event at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway, or a cross country event designed to give students an opportunity to display their work.