The Newton County Solar Team from
Nine teams from
Tying for first place in the Open Division, the “Sundancer” team from
The Newton County Team, driving “Hightech Redneck,” drove at an average speed of 17.05 miles per hour and traveled some 466 miles to take the Classic Division.
“Each year I am astonished at the level of dedication, critical thinking and teamwork that these students display,” said Karen Bruett, Dell's director of K-12 business development. “Each team used 21st-century skills to turn a high school road trip into an exemplary science and engineering project. I know this year's event will not only help them in their future careers but also contribute to the future of environmentally friendly technology.”
The students’ solar cars use only sunshine for power. Fuel-free technology like this foreshadows a potentially better future in a time when daily commutes are increasingly expensive.
“This event proves to me that, if a group of high school kids can build a solar car and drive it across the country, the possibilities for our future are endless,” said Dr. Lehman Marks, race director.