Published: Aug 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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After the National Center for Asphalt Technology’s (NCAT) fleet of trucks completed Saturday morning’s shift, a different set of drivers took to the track. Students from Huntsville, Alabama’s Team USA set up shop at NCAT’s Test Track to qualify for the Greenpower National Finals in Corby, England. This 90-minute electric car challenge is an international endurance race held at Rockingham Motor Speedway—a 1.48-mile banked oval circuit comparable to NCAT’s 1.7-mile oval track.
Greenpower is a project-based educational initiative designed to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology by engaging students through the design, build and racing of single-seat electric cars. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education program consists of state-recognized courses where middle and high school students develop skills in electrical and mechanical systems, 3D modeling and design, aerodynamics, manufacturing and many other fields. Whether in assembly, charting lap times, assisting in the pits, driving or obtaining sponsorships, each student has an important responsibility.
Greenpower Team USA will travel to the UK this October to participate in the finals for the fourth year in a row. Fans can follow their journey on Twitter (@GPTeamUSA) and Facebook (GreenpowerTeamUSA).