Solar-Electric Vehicle Team

Grade Levels: 6th - 9th 

Challenge Level: Challenging

Teams: Boys & Girls or Girls Only

STARTS September 6th, 2022!!

Students learn to research, understand electrical components and schematics and build a solar-electric vehicle. Students will have an opportunity to compete in the Solar Car Challenge competition.

 

Notice: It may take up to a 1 1/2 years to go from research, design and build to complete the vehicle.

Team Make-up

  1. Captain

    1. Assistant Captain​

  2. Electrical

    1. Lead Engimineer​​​

    2. Assistants

  3. Mechanical

    1. Lead Engimineer

    2. Assistants

  4. PLC (Programming Logic Controller)

    1. Lead Engimineer

    2. Assistants

  5. Media

    1. Lead Engimineer

    2. Assistants

The Camp will be broken down into the following:

  • Camp 1: Research --> September 6th, 2022

    • 2 Months

      Students will learn...

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      • electric vehicles and their function by researching.

      • mechanical and electrical systems (primary and secondary)

      • solar panels types, functions and connections

      • Ohm's Law and other equations

      • how to read, draw and implement electrical schematics

      • research different types of designs of solar-electric vehicles

  • Camp 2: Design

    • 4 Months

      Students will learn...

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      • to use Autodesk Inventor to design and 3D print small-scale prototype​

      • to design and build small-scale electrical system

      • to design and build actual size prototype using PVC pipes

      • to choose material and electrical components

      • to fund raise for purchasing electrical and mechanical components

  • Camp 3: Build

    • 1 Year*

      Students will learn...

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      • build the the frame 

        • If welding steel, a professional will teach the mechanical team basic welding techniques​

      • install all mechanical and electrical systems

  • Camp 4: Testing

    • 1 Month

      Students will learn...

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      • test all systems for potential failures

      • fix or resolve any remaining issues

      • test drive the vehicle in dedicated areas

      • promote vehicle

  • Camp 5: Competition: Solar Car Challenge

    • 1  Month

      Students will...

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      • be entered into the Solar Car Challenge competition .

        • if competition is being held in Texas​

      • work as a team to compete and solve any problems as they arise.

  • ​* There is a $100 fee for Solar Car Challenge membership

  • * Other fees may be added for cost of transportation, food, etc. More info will be provided at a later time ​

Solar Car Challenge 2019 ☀️

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Design

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Build

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PCV Prototype

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Build

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Build: Cobra 1.0

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Cobra 2.0

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2016

Solar Car Challenge Competition

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Cobra 2.0

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2019

Solar Car Challenge Competition

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2019

Solar Car Challenge Competition

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2019

Solar Car Challenge Competition