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Solar Go-Kart Race

 
 

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Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

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

2014 Solar Go-Kart Challenge
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 the 2014 race at the following links!

High School Race:  http://youtu.be/U0O-e_QRRyU

News Press coverage: http://www.news-press.com/article/20140406/NEWS0104/304060040/Sun-shines-students-solar-go-kart-races

Bonita Banner Coverage: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/apr/11/fgcu-hosts-solar-go-kart-challenge/?banner=1

 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)

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].

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