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Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

The 2015 event is scheduled for Saturday, March 21. More details will be available soon!


2015 FGCU High School Go- Kart Challenge

Registration Information:

Register for the High School Go-Kart Challenge HERE

All teams must submit the $500 entry fee and upload a set of participation waivers for each student on the team. 

Waiver is HERE

Upload Waivers HERE

Friday March 20, 2015

  • Afternoon presentations
  • Mandatory technical inspections
  • Dinner on campus with keynote speaker 

Saturday March 21, 2015

  • Late morning races
  • Lunch provided
  • Afternoon community demonstrations


Information for 2015 Go- Kart Challenge:

     This year we are unable offer assistance in the purchase of the go-karts. We do have a parts list for the go-karts and we require that the items on the list are used in constructing your go-kart. If you would like a parts list, please contact Kendra Carboneau at

     The U.S. Navy is available to offer technical expertise to interested teams at your school throughout the year. If you are interested in this type of assistance, please contact Lt. Joe Conway directly at to be assigned a naval engineer/technician to assist.

     We have had 12 teams who raced go-karts in either the 2013 or 2014 race. These teams can also serve to assist you in constructing your go kart. If one of these schools is in your area, you might try to contact them for assistance: Bishop Verot, Charlotte, Dunbar, East Lee County, Estero, Hardee, Key West, LaBelle, Naples, N. Fort Myers, S. Fort Myers, South Plantation.

     The actual race will go in a clockwise direction around the FGCU campus main loop in the outer lanes. Last year we had two races, one for speed and a relay race for endurance. It is likely that similar races will occur this year.

     A $500 non-refundable entry fee made out to FGCU Foundation/Whitaker Center will be required for all teams by February 23, 2015. This fee includes: Team T-shirts, car numbers, Friday dinner, Race day lunch, Friday technical inspection, and a safe race course.

We are also working to negotiate a rate with a local hotel for teams traveling a distance to attend. Stay tuned for more information.


Watch footage from the 2014 race here.


2015 Elementary and Middle School Challenge

The elementary event will be similar to last year, a mini-solar car!  This year we are perfecting the race track ;).  Max voltage for your car = 3V (3W power)

Parts list and construction guidance for Elementary challenge here.

The middle school challenge will be to make a remote controlled solar car!      Max voltage for your car = 6V (6W power)

Parts list and construction guidance for Middle School challenge here.

Registration for this event will be available Feb. 24, 2015 through the STEM TOUR registration.

Registration note:  We can only host a maximum 24 Elementary and Middle school teams.  Please only register two teams during the first two weeks of registration. We will remove any more than 2 teams per school from registration prior to March 11.  If there are spaces available after March 11 you may register additional teams from your school.  Please be patient as we would like to be fair to all schools interested in participating. 





Wondering how you can sponser this event and get involved? Contact the Whitaker Center at (239)590-7444!