Solar Car Derby & Educator Workshops
With generous support from the Boeing Foundation, Solar 4R Schools piloted our first solar car engineering challenge event in 2014. The event leveraged contributions from the Seattle Mariners and Bonneville Power Administration while utilizing the iconic influence of professional sports to create a powerful impact on the 14 student teams that participated. As a precursor to the challenge event, Solar 4R Schools provided solar energy content training and durable science kit materials to 55 teachers from Pierce, Snohomish, and King Counties in Washington. Over 150 participated in the solar car engineering challenge event and watched the student teams compete for renewable energy - themed prizes. In total, over 1600 students in the area were engaged in new renewable energy lessons and the engineering challenge event. In addition, five of the participating schools held their own solar car challenges at their schools in preparation for the big event.