All Saints’ Solar Car Challenge

The Solar Car Challenge is an education program designed to help motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy. Science and Technology Magazine named the Solar Car Challenge as one of the top science and engineering programs in the country.

As part of the All Saints’ mission to develop academically-prepared servant leaders, two faculty members and 12 students participated in the national Solar Car Challenge, where they designed and built a solar car that they raced from Texas to California against other teams from across the country starting Tuesday, July 23, 2013. All Saints’ was one of only 14 teams participating in the Classic Division.

The project started September 2012, and students spent the year planning, designing, engineering, and building road-capable solar cars. The project culminated with three days at the Texas Motor Speedway for preparations, trial runs, and scrutineering. Monday, July 22, 2013, the Challenge hosted a Media Event and teams started their seven-day, cross-country journey Tuesday, July 23, 2013, from the Texas Motor Speedway to the Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.

The All Saints’ team consists of two faculty members, Lyle Crossley and Joseph Morris and 12 students, (two freshmen, seven sophomores, and three juniors). Several team members have already indicated that they plan on doing their senior projects on solar energy and pursuing engineering degrees in college. For the 2013-2014 Challenge, the team has already disassembled the car and is redesigning and rebuilding it for the summer 2014 race.

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