Friday, July 17, 2015

MISD Team Gears Up for Solar Car Race

The solar car team's new and improved vehicle, Mark III.
While people are soaking in the summer rays, a Ben Barber Career Tech Academy team is using those rays to power their racecar—and they’ll put it to the test at the Texas Motor Speedway next week.

The high school students will be racing their solar car at the world-famous track as part of The 2015 Solar Car Challenge, which takes place July 18-23.

The Solar Car Challenge started in 1993 to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy. Students learn how to design, engineer, build, and race roadworthy solar cars.

Shine Runners test out the racecar
before the big day at the Solar Car Challenge.
Ben Barber’s team—Shine Runners—will be competing against 29 teams from across the nation. The team’s race is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at 9 a.m. Principal Catherine Hudgins said she’s thrilled to be able to wave the flag that day to start the race for each team.

“I am privileged and honored to be a part of the race this year,” said Hudgins. “We have a strong student team of future leaders and teacher sponsors who are willing to go the extra mile. Our solar car has taught our students so much more than any textbook or classroom could ever teach. It is the true meaning of real world application.”

This is the fourth year Shine Runners has competed in the Solar Car Challenge. Last year, the team took part in a cross-country challenge, going from Fort Worth to Austin, and finished fourth place overall.

The team is sponsored by Mansfield ISD, Meter Technology Werks, Lockheed Martin, CSB Battery Technologies, Mouser Electronics, Super ATV, and Raising Cane’s.