American Solar Challenge - July 19, 2014
I had a marvelous time at Circuit of the Americas watching the “prep” and American Solar Challenge solar car race. This was one of a three-day pack race, where the team with the most completed laps wins.
Austin Energy and the Innovators Educational Foundation are two key sponsors for Austin-leg of the event.
The Innovators Educational Foundation is an organization devoted to educational opportunities where students are challenged with “hands-on” learning experiences in the areas of science, engineering, and technology. Supported activities push students to think “outside the box” and to be innovative with ideas that will lead to developing better solutions to society’s challenges faced here in the United States and around the world. Our mission is to engage young minds with the hopes of developing more world leaders in these critical areas that affect everyone.
Teams hailed from University of Michigan, Kentucky, UC Berkeley, Florida, Principia College, Minnesota, UT Austin, Iowa State, Netaji Subhas Institute of Tech, Missouri, George Tech, Polytechnique Montreal, Illinois State, Western Michigan, Southern Illinois, Qazvin Islamic Azad, ETS Quebec, Western, McMaster, MIT, Oregon State and Puerto Rico. I have chosen to highlight those non-U.S. based university teams.
A few videos from the Saturday event:
I shared a photo of a mom with her daughters above. During the race as the cars were headed up the hill (a tough climb for everyone), the children were shouting, “Go! Go! YOU CAN DO IT!” in English and Spanish alternately - so adorable.