Integrating New Members Into Subteams

Electrical System, Featured, General, Outreach, Solar, Structures

During orientation, we advised new team members to explore every subteam to gain a general knowledge of different aspects of the team before diving into working in a specialized field. At the beginning of the year, new members were introduced to tasks on the team through a rotation of small group workshops led by returning […]

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A Lap Towards Texas

Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

With the Solar Car Challenge right around the corner, the Green Energy Team is vigorously working to finish all parts of the car. Students come into the shop in the early mornings, after school, and on weekends, continuing to make substantial progress. Having worked on a multitude of projects in the shop, many members have […]

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Building Our New Battery Pack

Electrical System, Featured, General

Heading into the 2022 Solar Car competition, the team is making big upgrades to the current car.  Among other improvements, we are adding a new suspension system, solar array, and battery pack. The battery pack, in particular, will allow the car to store more energy and last longer on the track.  There are many steps […]

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Reconstructing Our Canopy

Featured, General, Structures

With spring break on the horizon, the team continues our work on the car. Some of the team members noticed that our canopy was not the most aerodynamic, so, over break, we decided to reconstruct it entirely. Lovie Sia (9) and I (9) have been working diligently on this new project. We began by creating […]

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Welding Mentor Groups

Featured, General, Structures

From the very beginning of the Green Energy Team, we have learned to break up major projects into smaller tasks in order to build a successful solar car. An essential subteam is our welding group, who operates within the structural and mechanical engineering aspects of the car. Primary tasks for a welder on the team […]

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Adapting to Unexpected Changes

Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar, Texas

A few weeks ago, the Solar Car Challenge announced that the 2022 challenge would be transitioning away from a road race to closed-track race at a past venue, Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). While we were all a little disappointed in not being able to compete in a new format, we are still excited to go […]

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Experiences of New Members

Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

This blog segment was written by Kean Timblin (10) during the onboarding process when joining the Green Energy team. Kean now focuses primarily on the construction of our solar array.  This year, the Raisbeck Aviation High School Green Energy Team received an influx of applications requesting to join. Like others, I had no idea what […]

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A Lap Towards Texas


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

With the Solar Car Challenge right around the corner, the Green Energy Team is vigorously working to finish all parts of the car. Students come into the shop in the early mornings, after school, and on weekends, continuing to make substantial progress. Having worked on a multitude of projects in the shop, many members have […]

May 2, 2022

Building Our New Battery Pack


Electrical System, Featured, General

Heading into the 2022 Solar Car competition, the team is making big upgrades to the current car.  Among other improvements, we are adding a new suspension system, solar array, and battery pack. The battery pack, in particular, will allow the car to store more energy and last longer on the track.  There are many steps […]

April 18, 2022

Reconstructing Our Canopy


Featured, General, Structures

With spring break on the horizon, the team continues our work on the car. Some of the team members noticed that our canopy was not the most aerodynamic, so, over break, we decided to reconstruct it entirely. Lovie Sia (9) and I (9) have been working diligently on this new project. We began by creating […]

April 4, 2022

Welding Mentor Groups


Featured, General, Structures

From the very beginning of the Green Energy Team, we have learned to break up major projects into smaller tasks in order to build a successful solar car. An essential subteam is our welding group, who operates within the structural and mechanical engineering aspects of the car. Primary tasks for a welder on the team […]

March 21, 2022

Experiences of New Members


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

This blog segment was written by Kean Timblin (10) during the onboarding process when joining the Green Energy team. Kean now focuses primarily on the construction of our solar array.  This year, the Raisbeck Aviation High School Green Energy Team received an influx of applications requesting to join. Like others, I had no idea what […]

February 21, 2022

New Year, New Progress


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

With the beginning of a new year comes new possibilities and renewed motivation. The challenge is now just under six months away and there is still lots of work to do. We have been hard at work on all aspects of the car from building new solar panels to designing a whole new telemetry system.  […]

January 24, 2022

Solar Panel Analysis


Electrical System, Featured, Solar

One of the biggest problems we encountered going into this new season was that our solar panels were producing a lot less power than we expected them to. Timothy Jou (10) states, “Upon analyzing our solar panel output, we realized that they were not performing to our expectations.” To figure out why this was happening, […]

January 10, 2022

The Importance of Strategy


Featured, General, Solar, Texas

The most important aspect of a solar car is its reliability. The second is strategy. In solar car racing, “strategy” is an umbrella term which simply refers to the process of determining a race plan for the car to maximize efficiency. Specifically, this means using data collected from the car to build a model of […]

December 27, 2021

Incorporating New Members


Featured, General, Outreach

As the 2021 year comes to an end, we move closer to wrapping up the onboarding curriculum, and begin to incorporate new members in more essential tasks. Doing so will not only further our progress on our car, but also ensure that our team will continue to be successful in the future. As a team, […]

December 13, 2021

Attending a Black-Tie Event


Featured, General, Outreach

A special part of our school, Raisbeck Aviation, is that we have many opportunities to host visitors from all over the United States. In the week of 10/11-10/15, we hosted three organizations: Association of Washington Business (AWB), CAPS Network, and the Aircraft Maintenance division of Vulcan, Inc. During these visits, students from our school gave […]

November 29, 2021

The Mentorship Program


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar

After a recent team-bonding session, the team is on their game, busy learning new things and progressing through the season. With upwards of 40 students interested in our team, we set up mentoring sessions to teach every aspect of the team. Mentoring the youth is a crucial aspect of our team and utmost priority. “The […]

November 15, 2021

New Member Onboarding Process


Featured, General, Structures

Getting back into the swing of things after our victory at Texas Motor Speedway, and connecting with our communities, we are excited to now start working on campus and bring aboard new members! After a year of remote learning, students are hungry to gain more knowledge and experience in STEM and Green Energy. The club […]

November 1, 2021

Race Day 3: The Race Heats Up!


Featured, Texas

Day 3 of racing threw many challenges at the team. The team arrived at the Texas Motor Speedway at opening time (6am) in order to have the most possible time to charge the panels before racing. Shortly after moving the car out of the garage and set up to charge, we were approached by a […]

August 8, 2021