Medill Student Hangda Zhang put together a nice multi-media report on one of our recent testing trips. You can read her article here.
NUsolar is a very eclectic team, and we really enjoy being able to reach out across schools and interact with other students. That wouldn’t be possible without the great school that is Northwestern. Shout out to NU!
This winter NUsolar will be hosting several outreach events in local Chicgo-area schools. Later this February we will be traveling to Orrington Elementary school to talk to give a hour-long presentation on the solar car. This is a really exciting opportunity to get young children interested in STEM and talk with them about solar vehicles — something the’ve probably never even thought of before.
We are also partnering with a FUSE program run by the Northwestern Office of STEM Education Partnerships. The FUSE program encourages kids to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics by providing mini-challenges and competitions for the kids to participate in. Participants work on their projects for several weeks and then upload a video or report to the FUSE website, where they are assessed and given coments by mentors.
One of the new FUSE challenges is to construct a small cardboard “solar car” and design it to travel as fast as possible. We will be visiting one of the schools participating in this contest with SC6 sometime in May. Kids really love solar cars (see right), so this will be an exciting opportunity for them.
We also have been working on fancy new publicity materials, including an acryllic-embeded logo (no picture, sorry), and new 3D-printed models of the solar car:
This one still needs to be glued, but once complete, these models will hopefully allow us to give people a lot better idea of what our solar car is when we’re attending winter outreach events (like the ones mentioned above).
It’s time to get back to work again: another exciting school year has started. This year NU solar is focusing on preparing SC6 for FSGP 2015 where we hope to be highly competitive. We are also begining the design process for our next car SC7! This next generation solar vehicle will be a four-wheeled car with a steel frame and designed for durability and reliability. We’re very excited about this new venture, and we hope that you will join us.
If you are interested in solar power technology, alternative energy, or you just like working on cars in general, please join us. The first team welcome meeting will be held:
Sunday, Sep. 28th, @ 12:00 pm in Ford Design Center.
(Date is subject to change; we have an outreach event on Saturday)
We have many teams, and we need new members for all of them:
Electrical / Software
Sponsorship and grant writing
Publicity, Communications and Web Administration
Head over to the Join Us page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunlight may be free, but solar cars are not!
Designing, building and racing solar-powered vehicles is an expensive yet worthwhile endeavor. We rely on the support of sponsors and donors to make our vision a reality. Please consider supporting the team as a donor, or getting your company involved as a sponsor.