Highway to Solar

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Since our last general update, much progress has been made on the car both obvious and subtle. On March 30th we finalized the chassis and painted the car, a huge step forward in development, and since then we have been making leaps and bounds towards running solely on solar power. 15 April Deadline – A […]

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Wiring up the car

Electrical System, Featured

A lot of wires are necessary to make an electric car operate – we need to connect the battery, motor controller, motor, solar panels, MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers, which are used to optimize power output of the solar panels), shutoff switches, relays, and more! To safely wire everything up, we first created a detailed […]

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Sparks are Flying!

Featured, Structures

As we are starting to focus on finishing up the structure of the car, we have a lot of welding to get done putting on structural supports. George, our team welder, has been helping other students on the team learn how to weld. As you can see in the picture to the right, there are […]

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We’re Going to Texas!

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Registration has been submitted and we are an official competitor in the 2019 High School Solar Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway! Team members have been putting in hours after school and on the weekends to design and build the remaining components of the car, and complete registration details. The competition will take place July […]

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Getting it Working pt.2 – Battery Driven Car

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Invigorated by our quick process and early completion of our 1 February deadline, we felt confident that we could have our car driving under battery power within weeks. Unfortunately, fate (or the weather) reared its ugly head as snowmageddon reigned in Seattle, with several feet aggregate of snow dumped on the city in just two […]

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Getting it Working pt. 1 – Rolling Car

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Since our last post we’ve been hard at work and a lot has happened. We’ve gone from CAD models to the testing track in the span of a couple weeks, and we are excited to keep moving forward towards competition. As July draws ever closer, the pressure and pace of work has increased dramatically. With […]

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General Team Update

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The team is hard at work since returning to school after Winter Break. Here’s what we’re up to! Cutting, welding, and more! We have started to cut parts for the suspension and chassis. Students are learning how to use different tools in the shop such as the horizontal band saw, table saw, and hand saws. […]

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Highway to Solar


Featured, General

Since our last general update, much progress has been made on the car both obvious and subtle. On March 30th we finalized the chassis and painted the car, a huge step forward in development, and since then we have been making leaps and bounds towards running solely on solar power. 15 April Deadline – A […]

May 6, 2019

Wiring up the car


Electrical System, Featured

A lot of wires are necessary to make an electric car operate – we need to connect the battery, motor controller, motor, solar panels, MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers, which are used to optimize power output of the solar panels), shutoff switches, relays, and more! To safely wire everything up, we first created a detailed […]

April 23, 2019

Sparks are Flying!


Featured, Structures

As we are starting to focus on finishing up the structure of the car, we have a lot of welding to get done putting on structural supports. George, our team welder, has been helping other students on the team learn how to weld. As you can see in the picture to the right, there are […]

April 2, 2019

We’re Going to Texas!


Featured, General

Registration has been submitted and we are an official competitor in the 2019 High School Solar Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway! Team members have been putting in hours after school and on the weekends to design and build the remaining components of the car, and complete registration details. The competition will take place July […]

March 18, 2019

Getting it Working pt.2 – Battery Driven Car


Featured, General

Invigorated by our quick process and early completion of our 1 February deadline, we felt confident that we could have our car driving under battery power within weeks. Unfortunately, fate (or the weather) reared its ugly head as snowmageddon reigned in Seattle, with several feet aggregate of snow dumped on the city in just two […]

February 24, 2019

Mounting the Solar Panels


Structures

Our custom solar panels just arrived last week after much planning and preparation. The panels are semi-flexible and should be highly efficient, but their fragility means we can’t do much with them until we have a secure place to mount them for further testing. Consequently, we have begun to design the panel rack which will […]

January 23, 2019

Back to the drawing board


Structures

As per the brake team’s last post, Starting┬áto┬áStop, we are in the process of designing a brake pedal that will successfully actuate the calipers of the car, via steel brakes, once mounted to the suspension. In that post, we highlighted the pedal we would be mounting onto the levers by showing a screenshot of the […]

January 22, 2019

General Team Update


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The team is hard at work since returning to school after Winter Break. Here’s what we’re up to! Cutting, welding, and more! We have started to cut parts for the suspension and chassis. Students are learning how to use different tools in the shop such as the horizontal band saw, table saw, and hand saws. […]

January 22, 2019

Starting to Stop


Structures

Brake Levers Since our initial post, we have acquired new brake levers that will likely be the final iteration of our cable design for the prototype car. The levers will be attached via steel brake cables to calipers mounted to the suspension. To pull the lever, we are manufacturing a unique pedal to place upon […]

January 10, 2019