When: Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. races
What: 22nd Texas Solar Race Car Event
Where: Gustafson Stadium, 7001 Culebra (Loop 410/Culebra)
This year marks the 22nd year of the Texas Solar Race Car Event in Northside ISD.
The races are a culminating event for students who have been working for weeks designing and building miniature solar-powered cars. Though these are solar car races, there are no worries if the sun doesn’t shine – the cars also have battery-power as a backup.
Around 370 elementary teams, a total of 1,100 students, are expected to compete with three or four students on each team. Approximately 76 Northside schools will participate along with competitors from Southwest ISD and Village Parkway Christian School.
After preliminary heats, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final race, awards will be handed out to the top eight teams.
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.
The event is free and open to the public.
Contacts on site- Nancy Kreth, Elementary Science Instructional Specialist and Bobby Blount, longtime organizer of the event and NISD Trustee.