Construction Developments

Featured, General, Structures

As we look towards beginning the construction of our car, one of the things that we must make sure of is that the layout and size of the cockpit fit our drivers safely and is adequate for all systems necessary inside the car. This is accomplished through the construction of something called a “mockpit”  (model […]

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Organizing Our Electronics

Electrical System, Featured, General

The point of building a new solar car this year is to improve upon our previously raced car. At the start of the year, we knew we wanted to improve the organization of our electronics. Last year, we found it difficult to plan our electrical system and spent a significant amount of time designing our […]

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Testing New Battery Cells

Electrical System, Featured

As the RAHS Green Energy Team has been designing the new car, a new and more efficient battery has been in the works. In order to build this, we have been testing the energy discharge of both the old battery cells and new cells to determine the optimal battery cell to use for this year’s […]

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Designing the New Solar Car

Aerodynamics, Featured, General, Structures

For nearly two years, the RAHS solar car team has had their eyes on designing a new solar car to compete in the 2023 National Solar Car Challenge. As we have hinted towards in the past, an aerodynamic design has been in the works for some time now. With a new year, the team has […]

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Team Operations In Full Swing

Featured, General, Outreach

The beginning of the 2022-2023 season requires a brand new team recruitment cycle. During the first team interest meeting in September, we had a great showing of around 50 people. With this round of new members, we wanted to encourage more engagement from the start. To do this, we laid out a more structured onboarding […]

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October Progress Update

Featured, General, Outreach, Structures

It’s hard to believe that we are already a month and a half into the school year. Even though there are still many months until the solar car challenge, the team knows that that time will fly by and everyone is eager to get working. We have had a lot of recent progress split up […]

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First Onboarding Meeting & Next Steps

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As we think about team sustainability in the coming years, we realize that it is important to preserve the knowledge of experienced members. One of our central ideas as a team is to pass our learnings on to future members; this allows us to build upon existing skills and knowledge, providing each member with the […]

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Race Day One


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar, Texas

As we arrived at the track at 6:15 AM, the team was filled with excitement. With more than two years of work put into the car, everyone sprang into action… for about 2 minutes: we were quickly notified that we were only allowed to interact with our vehicle after 6:30 AM. The day began like […]

July 17, 2022

Scrutineering Day Three


Featured, General, Outreach, Texas

As the scrutineering process for the Solar Car Challenge approached its conclusion, our team started focusing on last minute preparations for both our car and our team. We started off doing additional practice with performing pit stops and panel tilting, then moved on to small optimizations with the car. We covered the seams of our […]

July 16, 2022

Scrutineering Day Two


Featured, General, Solar, Texas

With scrutineering complete for the team and all our drivers approved for the race, it’s safe to say that stress levels are lower than before. Nonetheless, there is much more to do. Solar testing and practice driver swaps will prepare everyone for the race to come. After this, the team provided support to other teams […]

July 15, 2022

Scrutineering Day One


Featured, General, Structures, Texas

We made it! The team has finally made it into the Texas Motor Speedway garage! This day marks the start of the 3-day process known as scrutineering. During scrutineering, the 22 teams who are competing in this year’s race submit their vehicle for inspection and rigorous evaluation by judges. These judges have the responsibility to […]

July 14, 2022

Touchdown in Dallas, TX


Featured, General, Solar, Texas

The RAHS Green Energy Team met bright and early at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 12th, 2022, ready to begin the journey to Texas for the National Solar Car Challenge. The team arrived in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas that afternoon, and spent the day unpacking and getting settled in.  The next morning, the team woke […]

July 14, 2022

June Team Updates


Electrical System, Featured, General, Solar, Texas

With the Solar Car Challenge growing closer by the day, the RAHS Green Energy Team is working hard to complete some of the biggest projects of the season; everyone is busy with something. The list of tasks we need to complete ranges from solar panel construction all the way to motor controller testing. One of […]

June 13, 2022

A Look Into Our Team Documentation


Featured, General, Outreach

The RAHS Green Energy Team is a massive project involving a myriad of moving parts that all work together to make the complete product. With so much happening all around to get the car ready for competition, it may be difficult for those on the outside to keep up with everything that is going on. […]

May 30, 2022