BENEFITING: Imagine Scholar Inc
0.4 horsepower. That's what's in the engine of my friend Ncamiso's dream car.
Why? Coming to Imagine Scholar from an especially harsh background, Ncamiso has nonetheless shone as a true example of grit--that is, an astonishing disability in giving up. And he knows that 4/10ths of a horsepower is just igniting the spark of a powerful future. Upon arriving at Imagine Scholar, he earned an engineering internship as a Grade 9 that will provide a scholarship in university. As a Grade 11 student, he has worked incredibly hard on science and math, inspiring others with his diligence. Nowadays, so late is he working on Sputnik, that he often leaves only after sunset.
The "Sputnik" is the prized creation of Ncamiso's team of 5 very dedicated Imagine Scholars, which I've been honored to watch come together. It is a hand-built, welded, painted, and electrified vehicle. The name is because it is the very first such car built by teenagers in Nkomazi. Without the resources of other teams in the Electric Vehicle competition, Ncamiso and the Imagine Scholar team dreamt up alternatives. Metal roofing and wool were turned into a streamlined seat. A refrigerator tray became a foot rest. Chicken wire and a shower curtain turned into a rudimentary car hood. With a last spray of black paint, I watched Sputnik come alive!
4 months in the making, this electric vehicle has become the single most astonishing example of what is possible when opportunity meets hard work at Imagine Scholar. We will get to see the fruits of their labors this Sunday, when his team races in the Electric Vehicle Challenge-against teams from some of the best schools across South Africa.
This past week, the Sputnik's fraction of a horse earned them 2nd in the preliminary time trials!
Help them make it to the finish line in next week's race, and on to 1st place!