Come out for a day at the races Saturday, April 5th and cheer on your favorite solar go-kart at Florida Gulf Coast University during the second annual High School Solar Go-Kart Challenge!
Activities begin with the high school solar go-kart race at 11:00am and continue until 1:00pm. Eleven high school teams will race to see who has built the fastest, most energy efficient go-kart. All teams have been provided a base go-kart model from the manufacturer and have been able to modify and tune their machines to best utilize the abundant solar energy Southwest Florida is known for. All carts feature a completely electric drivetrain and are capable of speeds of over 30 miles per hour. The event will feature three races: one for speed, one for endurance, and one relay run to test teamwork.
Competing High School Teams:
Bishop Verot (FL)
East Lee County (FL)
Key West (FL)
North Fort Myers (FL)
South Fort Myers (FL)
South Plantation (FL)
In addition to the high school go-kart challenge, competitions for elementary and middle schools will be held from 2:00pm-4:00 with check-in for these events beginning at 1:30pm. The elementary competition will consist of a 100 foot model solar car sprint. The model solar car is designed around the parts used in the Junior Solar Sprint competition originated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Middle school competitions will involve a quadcopter (four propeller helicopter).
Activities will conclude with the awarding of the event winners and this year’s STEM Tour champions!
Information for Elementary and Middle School vehicles.
Middle School: Quadcopter Instructional Packet
Elementary School: Mini-Solar Car Instructional Packet
Important Dates and Times:
April 4th, 2014
Registration for competing high school teams at 2:00pm
April 5th, 2014
10:30am: Check-in for the high school challenge begins. Please allow additional time prior to check-in for off-loading of carts and equipment. Registration is currently closed for high school teams. If you have any questions regarding the high school race please contact Dr. Joseph Simmons (email@example.com).
11:00am until 1:00pm: High school challege begins.
1:30pm: Check in for elementary/middle school events begins.
Please register after March 3rd at the following link: http://www.chamberswfl.com/stem/stemtour3.html
2:00pm-4:00pm: Elementary/Middle school competitions begin.
4:00pm-Close: STEM Tour awards!