Powering Local Education
Hundreds of students from local elementary, middle and high schools participate in the Solar Car Challenge. Held every spring, teams of students race customer built hybrid solar cars, testing their knowledge of renewable energy and engineering.
Out of concern for our community and in compliance to the Washington State Health Department guidelines regarding large gatherings the 2021 Solar Car Challenge will not be scheduled. We hope to return in 2022 with another exciting design and engineering challenge.
While we patiently wait for the much anticipated return of the Solar Car Challenge, take this time and turn it into “research and development.” Several options are provided on the At Home Research and Development page to guide in purchasing an official race kit, or other solar car kits. A kit is not necessary for research and development, some of the best designers and engineers have used items found in their own homes. Take a look around… do you have popsicle sticks? Pipe cleaners? LEGO? What kind of vehicle can you build with recycled, upcycled and found items?
About the Solar Car Challenge
Clark Public Utilities invests in education through events and partnerships with school districts across Clark County.
Annually, the utility hosts the Solar Car Challenge for elementary, middle and high school students. Every year, hundreds of students from local schools participate in months of engineering and design work, culminating in the construction of a working, custom-built hybrid solar and battery powered car. At the Solar Car Challenge, teams compete in an academic tournament, that includes evaluation of the student’s design and engineering process, understanding of renewable energy principles and , of course, a day-long, multi-heat race of solar cars.
The program is funded by voluntary contributions to the utility’s Green Lights program. For as little as $1 a month, customers of Clark Public Utilities can help support development of renewable energy and local educational opportunities.
Here’s a look at the 2019 Solar Car Challenge.
Education at the Forefront
- Solar Car Challenge is funded by voluntary contributions to Clark Public Utilities Green Lights Program
- Teams of students design, build, and race solar hybrid model cars
- School districts from across Clark County are invited to participate and lead teachers are provided solar car kits and classroom curriculum to help facilitate the endeavor
- Event held in partnership with CE – Clean Energy. Bright Futures.