Solar cars from 325 teams cross the finish line

Despite cloudy skies, the 21st Texas Solar Race Car Event went on with battery-powered assistance on April 22 at Gustafson Stadium.

Around 325 elementary teams, more than 1,000 students, competed from 79 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 2017-

8th Place: Braun Station Speedy Bobcats

7th Place: Boone Solar Rollers

6th Place: Behlau Mechanical Lightning

5th Place: Braun Station Bobcat Thunder

4th Place: Hatchett Fast and Furious

3rd Place: Braun Station Bobcats Rock

2nd Place: Hatchett Solarfide

1st Place: Lewis Blitz

Full results from the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals

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.

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.”

Also recognized at the event were three winners of STEM Education Partner Superintendent Awards – Greg Wukasch, SAWS; Chris Sellars, Harland Clarke Holdings; and Pamela Riles, The Doseum. All three support STEM education efforts at Northside schools.

A team from title sponsor, the United States Air Force, bested a team from Cody ES in the Adult Solar Car Races.

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