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Shadow Ridge wins big in solar-powered go-kart race
May 3, 2019

Shadow Ridge High School engineering students took first place in the Speed and Endurance categories of the Racing the Sun solar-powered go-kart competition on April 27. Seventeen go-karts from Arizona high schools participated in the race.

“We had a great group of motivated seniors who worked hard to build a competitive kart.  It was very satisfying to see the kart perform well and to see the excitement of the students as they raced to victory,” said team coach and engineering teacher, Eric Bennett.

Shadow Ridge competed in the Maker Kart category, where they built the kart from the ground up. They had to develop the design, and have it approved before they fabricated the kart to ensure it complied with all competition rules and protocols.

The Shadow Ridge team had nine students on the team this year. Students built the kart with help from a local fabrication company, Bravo Tango, for welding, and parts from a bicycle shop, Build-A-Bike. They also received sponsorships from UofA Tech Parks and Tucson Electric Power to help pay for the entry fees and parts.

The competition was put on by the University of Arizona’s Tech Parks Arizona at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. The Racing the Sun program starts in August, and is designed to introduce students to STEM career pathways. Teams work with industry mentors, participate in a career day and take field trips to high tech companies. As they work on their go-karts, they have the opportunity to solve real-world problems, and apply physics, engineering, math and other critical-thinking skills.
Posted : 6/18/2019 | Direct Link
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