An Electric Car Race

One summer afternoon a dozen years ago Barb and I we discovered an electric car race that was about to commence. A science teacher at Willamette High School was the driving force behind this student project. Each participate was required to build his/her own car. While many cosmetic aspects were left up to individual taste, there were a few rules that had to be followed in order for a machine to qualify. Each vehicle had to use the same style motor and when it was finished the gross weight – driver, motor, body shell, and batteries could not exceed 220 pounds. While the immediate goal was to win the race, the school’s goal was to spark a larger interest in engineering. From what I saw that afternoon the school had succeeded in this quest.

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Interior of one car while the batteries were being  charged.

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A large trailer loaded with spare parts was on site. This fellow was

the one assigned to fetch needed parts.

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This participate told me he would graduate that spring. He’d already

scholarship for Oregon State university the following autumn. The chrome

nose piece had come from an aircraft.

 

 

 

 

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