2013 Solar Car Challenge headed to the Sun City

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POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:38am

UPDATED: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:04pm

How fast can a solar-powered car go? 

The Solar Car Challenge makes a pit stop in El Paso to see students compete with their solar-powered creations.

 More than 200 students are participating in the challenge designated by Science & Technology Magazine as one of the top science and engineering programs in the country.

Nationally, 110 teams are taking part in the Solar Car Challenge Education Program. These teams hail from 30 states across the country and Puerto Rico. High school students learn how to plan, design, engineer, build, race and evaluate roadworthy solar cars. 14 of these teams will stop in El Paso as part of a week-long trip from the Texas Motor Speedway to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

“This will be a remarkable opportunity for the students to show off what they’ve been working on for the past 12-15 months to the people of El Paso,” said Marty Howell, Director of Economic Development and Sustainability for the City of El Paso. “These vehicles really help people to see the possibilities of green energy and a more sustainable way of living.”

The public is invited to join sponsors from El Paso Electric and representatives from the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the City of El Paso, and the El Paso Solar Energy Society, in welcoming the teams and learning about the challenge and its benefits to sustainable living.

When: Friday, July 26, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Franklin High School (900 N. Resler)


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