Passing the Torch During these Uncertain Times

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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 […]

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RAHS Green Energy Team’s presentation to the Royal Aeronautical Society Seattle Branch

Featured, Outreach

February 19th, 10 team members of Raisbeck Aviation High School’s Solar Car Team were hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society to present at the Museum of Flight; members as well as the general public were in attendance. The presentation lasted about 35 minutes with an additional 15 minute Q&A session.  The team showed a short […]

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Chassis Build On its Way

Featured, General, Structures

The RAHS Green Energy Team has been hard at work constructing the new and improved chassis for this year’s race! We started the build process by creating a jig to ensure the chassis is in accordance with our design specifications and the Solar Car Challenge safety requirements. Alignment of core structural members was key to […]

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Design 2.0

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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 […]

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New Year, New Team

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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: […]

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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 […]

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2019 Solar Car Challenge Champions!

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The RAHS Green Energy Team drove nearly 1000 miles and won the 2019 Solar Car Challenge Advanced Division! We thank our sponsors and supporters along the way for believing in us and helping make the car a reality and our trip to speedway so successful. Even though the final day started with technical difficulties (we […]

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You’re invited to our Solar Car Reveal Event!


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When: June 7th 4 pm – 5 pmWhere: RAHS Boeing Presentation Center There will be free coffee, snacks, and other amenities!! Address: 9229 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila, WA, 98108 Next Friday, June 7th, we will be hosting a reveal party for anyone who wants to come!The event will start off with a presentation by […]

May 31, 2019

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!


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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 […]

March 18, 2019

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 […]

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