Huntsville City Schools Students to Race at Indianapolis Speedway
Nine middle and high school teams from Huntsville City Schools will race their electric cars at the Greenpower Electric Car Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. The race will take place on Monday, May 1st at the “Racing Capital of the World” and will feature over 25 teams from across the United States and one team from England. Local school teams will include Jemison, Grissom, and Huntsville High, along with Whitesburg, Challenger, Hampton Cove, and Williams. The district’s “Rocket City Racing” team will also compete with a newly designed car by the students. The event is made possible through a partnership between Greenpower USA, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with support from Siemens and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
The Greenpower Electric Car Challenge 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 their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to come up with a vehicle to compete. The program started in the United Kingdom, and has expanded globally to China, Poland, and South Africa.
Huntsville City Schools has Greenpower programs in 15 elementary schools, and 11 programs at the middle and high school level, with over 300 students. The district has Greenpower race tracks at the Jemison High and Whitesburg P-8 campuses, with an additional track currently under construction at the new Grissom High School site.