The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering and to increase alternative energy awareness. The Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.
The Mouser-sponsored team at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy will be competing against 29 teams from across the nation. Most are from Texas, but others come from as far away as Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida and California.
On alternating years, the teams race at the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people. In 2013, the Shine Runners won the State Energy Conservation Award from the State of Texas. The Conservation Award is presented to the solar car team displaying outstanding engineering excellence. The team also received a special proclamation from the Texas State Senate.
Mouser's sponsorship of the Ben Barber program has included financial support, as well as providing parts for the car and giving recommendations on development of the vehicle.
To learn more about the Solar Car Challenge, visit www.mouser.com/solarcarchallenge/