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Western High School’s STEM Academy Exhibits Solar Car at Miami International Auto Show

Friday, November 14, 2014
Students from Western High School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program will exhibit a full-size solar car, designed and built by the students at this year’s Miami International Auto Show, November 7 – 16, 2014. Research and work conducted by the students lead to the design of the Western Solar Cat, which drives at a speed comparable to a golf cart.
The Founder of Western High School’s STEM Academy Solar Car Team, Dr. Chin-Tang Liu said, “Both the students and their parents are very excited to be able to display the Western Solar Cat at this year’s auto show. Many of the students have attended the show in prior years and look forward to being exhibitors. It’s very motivating and exciting for them to see where their hard work can take them.” 
The students and parents are currently fund raising for the solar car team to travel and compete in the 2015 Solar Car Challenge competition that will take place at the Texas Motor Speedway in July 2015.
Western High School’s STEM program is designed to be a more intimate educational experience for a very limited number of qualified students who are interested in careers in those respective fields or highly-related fields. In partnership with the professional engineers led by the Business Light Engineering group at the Motorola Solutions Inc. in Plantation, STEM Academy students devote numerous afternoons, evenings and weekends to focus on the application of concepts and to engage in hands-on, student driven activities.
The 44th edition of the Miami International Auto Show is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from November 7-16, 2014.
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