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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 two races: one for speed and one for endurance.

Solar Go-Kart Challenge


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Results of the 2014 race :

High School Speed Race Place
North Fort Myers 1
LaBelle 2
South Fort Myers 3
Bishop Verot 4
High School Relay Race Place
South Fort Myers 1
Naples 2
Bishop Verot 3
Hardee 4
Middle School Race Place
Trafalgar Tiger Sharks 1 1
The Middle Minds 2
Spring Forward FGCU 3
The New Essentials FGCU 4
Elementary School Race Place
Awesome Dolphins 1
Sunshine Smarties 2
Wildcat STEM Team 3
Rockin Dolphins 4

Watch and read about this year's race at the following links!

High School Race:

News Press coverage:

Bonita Banner Coverage:

 Competing High School Teams:
Bishop Verot (FL)
Charlotte (FL)
Dunbar (FL)
East Lee County (FL)
Estero (FL)
Hardee (FL)
Key West (FL)
Labelle (FL)
Naples (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.

Elementary and Middle School Solar Challenge - Design a solar car and see whose is the fastest! Earn more points by answering questions in the Solar Contest!

Elementary design challenge:  Include a guide hook that must be exactly 1 inch off of the ground for tethering to a wire.

Middle School design challenge: Car should be able to run straight with no tethering for 100 ft.

The model solar car is designed around the parts used in the Junior Solar Sprint competition originated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Please find information about the construction and technical details of the mini-solar cars here [.pdf−633kb].

Activities will conclude with the awarding of the event winners and this year’s STEM Tour champions!

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 ( 

11:00am until 1:00pm: High school challenge begins.

1:30pm: Check in for elementary/middle school events begin.
Please register after March 3rd at the following link: 

2:00pm-4:00pm: Elementary/Middle school competitions begin.

4:00pm-Close: STEM Tour awards!

Wondering how you can sponsor this event and get involved? Click here to find out!