Congratulations to the South Plantation High School Solar Knights team for competing in the international Solar Car Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, the only Florida team to participate.
The four-day Solar Car Challenge took place from July 18 – 25, 2014, at the Texas Motor Speedway. The Solar Car Challenge is an education program designed to help motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy. High school students learn how to plan, design, engineer, build, race and evaluate roadworthy solar cars.
The 2014 Solar Car Challenge, hosted by Austin Energy, included both closed-track and cross-country competitions. Racers spent two days at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway, before heading out on the road to Austin.
In the competition’s second day, the Solar Knights tied for first place in the Advance Division with its car, the Solar Knight Three (SKIII), which made 120 laps. On day three, SKIII traveled all the way from Fort Worth to Waco, Texas; 98.1 miles from the starting line. The Solar Knights received a second place tie for that day. The team was back on the road for the last day of the race, placing third overall at Austin, Texas. In addition, the Solar Knights received the Matt Tunnell Award for displaying the highest level of driving and trailering skills.
The Solar Car Challenge included 131 high school solar car projects with teams from 28 states, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, but only 20 finalists made it to this race. For more information, visit: http://www.solarcarchallenge.org
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