This weekend 14 schools participated in the successful Greenpower USA Exhibition Race held at Grissom High School in Huntsville. Even after rescheduling the event due to weather, it still received a huge turnout and NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE from Alabama to North Carolina to Colorado to California and more. I went to the event and was blown away by the number of folks that turned out and how much fun everyone had.
[BTW, Grissom High School in HSV now has THREE 3D printers, one of which can print Titanium parts, plus a huge AutoClave for curing their carbon fiber racer! Yes. This is High School.]
The Greenpower program gets students -- starting as early as Grade 4 (!) interested in STEM by building and racing their very own electric powered racer. And oh, by the way, Solid Edge is the software of choice -- and of course free to all students.
Here is the car that won the F24 category with 111 laps in the 90 minute endurance race. Built by a bunch of Middle School (6-8 grade), yes, Middle School, kids.
And here you see some of the younger ones racing -- 4-6 graders in the Formula Goblin category. Can you imagine building and racing this type of vehicle in the 5th grade? Awesome.
So first of all, let's just enjoy the moment -- kids learning to love engineering by DOING engineering. That is sweet. Now, let's build on it. Go here to learn more:
And if you want to get involved, I would like to personally help you do so. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to get my daughter's 4th grade class building one next year, so we can learn together how to make this happen!
Dan Staples Director, Solid Edge Product Development