270 solar car teams cross the finish line

May 7, 2015

Despite cloudy skies, the 19th Texas Solar Race Car Event went on with battery-powered assistance on May 16 at Gustafson Stadium.

Around 270 elementary teams, a total of 900 students, competed from approximately 65 schools. After preliminary heats, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final race, awards were handed out to the top eight teams.

Congratulations to the winning teams of 2015-

8th Place: Brauchle Nexus Flame

7th Place: Galm ElectroBullets

6th Place: Galm Sol Velocity

5th Place: Galm Lightning Heroes

4th Place: Carson Team Solar Cars

3rd Place: Galm Troublemakers

2nd Place: Lewis Master Clashers

1st Place: Meadow Village Powered Bobcats

Northside School Board President Bobby Blount is the long-time organizer of the event which started as a mentorship project at Rayburn Middle School to give students hands-on lessons in teamwork, renewable energy, problem-solving, and science and engineering.

“I love seeing the students’ excitement as they compete,” says Blount. “This is a real-life problem for teams to solve and it’s important that students see science and math as fun. These races help do just that.”

Solar cars is an afterschool science program for fourth and fifth grade students. They are provided a solar panel, gear box, and axle rods but the rest of the car design is up to them. In addition to learning about teamwork, students are also developing their engineering skills through the design and testing process.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Northside Elementary Science Department, the Northside Education Foundation, the MITRE Corporation, the National Defense Education Program, Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, and Raising Cane’s.

Visit the Northside Facebook page for an album of pictures from the event.