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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High speeds and high temperatures for Day 2 of Racing!

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RAHS GET started out fast on day two thanks to the bright, clear skies. However, we did have a few hiccups throughout the day. A few laps into the race, our ‘gas’ pedal became loose and fell off. Fortunately because we have cruise control installed, we were able to continue racing safely around the track […]

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Day 1 on the track

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Yesterday marked our first day racing on the Texas Motor Speedway track. The car and team exceeded expectations! We completed 168 laps in the 7.5 hour racing time slot. This surpassed the previous track record for completing the most amount of laps on the first day of the race! Over the course of the day […]

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Certified and Ready to Race!

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Our mentors along with a parent of one of our team members started the trek from Seattle, Washington to Dallas, Texas last Saturday. They stopped in Boise, Idaho; Provo, Utah; and Albuquerque, New Mexico before finally arriving at the Texas Motor Speedway. The drive team met up with the rest of the team last Wednesday. […]

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A Successful Day at the Track! And an Update to the Reveal Event

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First and foremost, the Solar Car Reveal Event on June 7th will officially begin at 4 pm. But at 3 PM, the car will be available to look at and the team will be ready to show it to you! The address of Raisbeck Aviation High School is 9229 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila WA […]

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Our Car Drives Under Solar Power!

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Last week, our team mounted and wired the six solar panels on top of the car’s solar panel rack! This major milestone is what makes our car solar! Each panel is laye on top of an aluminum panel rack that provides structural support to each panel. The rack is attached to the car with two […]

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Highway to Solar

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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 […]

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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


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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

Back to the drawing board


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As per the brake team’s last post, Starting┬áto┬áStop, we are in the process of designing a brake pedal that will successfully actuate the calipers of the car, via steel brakes, once mounted to the suspension. In that post, we highlighted the pedal we would be mounting onto the levers by showing a screenshot of the […]

January 22, 2019

General Team Update


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The team is hard at work since returning to school after Winter Break. Here’s what we’re up to! Cutting, welding, and more! We have started to cut parts for the suspension and chassis. Students are learning how to use different tools in the shop such as the horizontal band saw, table saw, and hand saws. […]

January 22, 2019

Starting to Stop


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Brake Levers Since our initial post, we have acquired new brake levers that will likely be the final iteration of our cable design for the prototype car. The levers will be attached via steel brake cables to calipers mounted to the suspension. To pull the lever, we are manufacturing a unique pedal to place upon […]

January 10, 2019

The Importance of Outside Expertise


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The Solar Car Competition is a very ambitious and rigorous technical challenge with innumerable engineering hurdles to be overcome. This is especially for us, as we are a first-year team with little existing knowledge base to draw from. Therefore, it is invaluable to learn from the experiences of other high school teams who have come […]

January 9, 2019

Chassis Design: Prototype 2


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Our new chassis design has taken a major shift in its compatibility with other parts and its aerodynamics. We have changed our chassis to be thinner to accommodate the change in the width of a human sitting down. At the bottom of the chassis, the inner width is 22 inches and its upper width is […]

December 21, 2018