Race Day One – Ready for Takeoff


Featured, General, Texas

Race Day One is officially done! Over the course of the day, we performed more than 100 laps, and achieved a top speed of fifty-three miles per hour during the later hours of the race. The day’s success was met with multiple high-fives and passionate cheers from behind the pit wall. After the official lap […]

July 20, 2021

Flying Through Scrutineering


Featured, General, Texas

The RAHS Green Energy just soared through all six scrutineering stations in one day. We hit station one — the mechanical/structural station — first thing in the morning and passed with flying colors. Although it was a bit nerve-wracking, seeing the judges gather around to look at our car was very exciting. But the work […]

July 18, 2021

June Progress Update


Aerodynamics, Featured, General, Outreach, Solar

We’re in the home-stretch of the season — with only three weeks until the car is shipped off to Fort Worth, TX, the Green Energy Team has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this season’s car. Over the past few weeks, we’ve officially become a solar car! Our seven separate panels have […]

June 29, 2021

Building the Solar Panel Frame


Featured, Solar, Structures

The solar array frame is one of the most crucial components of the car. Spanning the entire five-meter length of the vehicle, the frame provides the necessary support to safely and securely hold our solar array in place. Resting on top of the car’s metal chassis, the frame’s hinged design allows the team to rotate […]

June 15, 2021

Testing the Car


Computer Systems, Featured, General

Great execution is a result of great preparation. As the weather in Seattle gets warmer, our opportunities to experiment with the car are expanding. With spring break around the corner, we are arranging to test the car in anticipation of the race this summer. Before going to Texas in July, it’s vital that the team […]

April 11, 2021

Developing our Solar Panels


Electrical System, Featured

As we get closer and closer to our end goal of having built a functioning solar car, there is one missing piece of the puzzle that grows increasingly more apparent: How can we have a functioning solar car without solar panels? While we have made progress on this front, there is still quite a bit […]

March 5, 2021

Welcoming New Members


Featured, General, Outreach

On January 21, 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the United States, right here in Washington State. As one of the first states to go under a stay-at-home order, student life dramatically changed as all schools transitioned to a distance learning model. Into the summer, members battled to make progress despite the […]

January 7, 2021

Aerodynamics and the Iterative Design Process


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

In finalizing the shell for the Raisbeck Aviation High School Green Energy Team’s Solar Car, the objective was to find the best-designed aerodynamic model. As the structural and mechanical design lead, I worked to complete and test our models in both Autodesk Flow and Siemens STAR-CCM+, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. CFD software essentially creates […]

December 9, 2020