HCS Greenpower Team Travels To International Finals In England
Huntsville City Schools Team USA is heading to the U.K. to compete at the International Finals 2016 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England this weekend. This year for the first time, Huntsville City Schools will compete in two separate event classifications; the Custom Build F24+ and the F24 races. Under the direction of Huntsville City Schools Greenpower Lead Teacher, Drew Sparks, the team qualified for the 4th pole position, Team USA’s best ever. Back in August, students from Huntsville City Schools traveled to Auburn University’s NCAT (National Center for Asphalt Technology) Test Track to collect data on their car. The vehicle traveled faster and further than ever before.
The Greenpower Education Trust sponsors the racing event, which requires students, with help from teachers and industry mentors, to design, build, and race an electric car. Each team is given the same standard motor, set of batteries, and a strict set of regulations to follow. Students must use all of their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to come up with a vehicle to compete.
Last year, Huntsville’s Team USA finished 8th in the International Race in England, out of over 70 cars in the event. The students also won the Siemens Engineering and Design Award for the second time in 2015.
Huntsville is now home to Greenpower USA, which is spreading the program with schools here in the United States. A regional race will be held at the new Greenpower Race Track at Jemison High School on Saturday, November 12, 2016.