Solar Car Takes Final Lap
The Coppell High School Solar Car Team and its vehicle, “Aurora,” took tenth place at the Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge July 5-10 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Of the original 25 teams signed up, CHS was one of only 12 schools actually able to bring a working car to the event, a significant accomplishment for a team in its first year of competition.
“Building the solar car ground up and participating in the Dell Winston Solar Car Challenge is a very unique experience and a memory of life time,” Sid Nevas, captain of the team’s electrical group, said. “Every lap brought us anxious moments, tremendous joy and a great sense of achievement. The shining beacon on the asphalt helped us persevere and 'give it our all' to overcome multiple challenges we faced during the race.”
As students worked cooperatively throughout the year to build the solar car, they were exposed to the fundamentals of project management, vendor management, team work dynamics, leadership, financial management, and other valuable life and business skills necessary for success in the future.
Advised by Mike Yakubovsky, the team is now working on the 2009 season which involves driving the solar car cross country from Round Rock, Texas to Denver, Colorado.