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

November Team Update


Electrical System, Featured, General, Outreach

Even though the Solar Car Challenge has been delayed until next summer, we haven’t stopped working towards our goal of creating a successful, competition-ready solar car to bring to the Texas Motor Speedway in July of 2021. Over the summer, the RAHS Green Energy Team reached a significant milestone: our new solar car is now […]

November 21, 2020

Passing the Torch During these Uncertain Times


Featured, General

This is not how I envisioned my time on the team ending. I joined two and a half years ago at the beginning of my sophomore year – back then we were called Wind Team. We were a lot less organized and a lot less confident. One of my favorite memories was mounting our rudimentary […]

May 18, 2020

Design 2.0


Featured, General, Structures

We are finally wrapping up the design phase and transitioning into building our second solar car. We plan to remain faithful to the first design’s successes while making significant changes to the exterior layout and solar array.  The most fundamental change is to the body of the car: In order to reduce drag, we’ve moved […]

December 9, 2019

New Year, New Team


Featured, General

Riding high off of our previous win at the Texas Motor Speedway, the next generation of RAHS Green Energy Team members are geared up and eager to kick off the new year! We’ve grown since last year. Twelve new excited members have joined the team, ready to apply their interests in a variety of different sub-teams: […]

November 6, 2019

Laying out the “Mockpit”


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

For the past two weeks, we have been working day and night on our first “mock-pit” design for the solar car. The frame is assembled out of our scrap metal and plywood sheets, the bars connected together with plywood gussets. Our most daunting challenge is that we have to ensure the driver can get out […]

October 10, 2019