News Release – 2/27/2024

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Dameon Pesanti
PIO | Media Specialist
O: 360-992-3449 C:360-772-918 [email protected]

– Teams to demonstrate science, engineering and creativity in head-to-head competitive racing and design presentations –

VANCOUVER, WA – Feb. 27, 2024 – Clark County’s biggest race of the season is happening Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver.

More than 85 teams of Clark County elementary, middle and high school students will put months of design, engineering and innovations to the test at the Clark Public Utilities Solar Car Challenge in an event that combines the technical expertise of science fair with the creative and competitive fun of a pinewood derby race.

“The Solar Car Challenge is a tournament-style event where students combine the principals of renewable energy, engineering and creative design into a race car of their own creation,” said Amber Hall, Education Program Specialist at Clark Public Utilities. “Every car is the product of months of collaboration, technical education and trial and error. Saturday’s event is as much a race as it is a celebration of all the work they’ve done.”

Prior to wheeling up to the starting line, teams will present to and Clark Public Utilities energy experts to explain the technical and creative processes that guided the construction of their custom hybrid battery/solar car. Teams will then compete in a grade-level tournament on the “solar-charged” racetrack. Winners will be awarded trophies and medals across a variety of categories.

The Clark Public Utilities Solar Car Challenge was started in 2018 and is produced entirely by Clark Public Utilities and staffed by utility employee-volunteers.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 225,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 41,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at or by calling 360-992-3000.