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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

October 10, 2019

2019 Solar Car Challenge Champions!


Featured

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 […]

July 19, 2019

High speeds and high temperatures for Day 2 of Racing!


Featured

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 […]

July 17, 2019

Day 1 on the track


Featured

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 […]

July 17, 2019

Certified and Ready to Race!


Featured

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. […]

July 14, 2019

You’re invited to our Solar Car Reveal Event!


General

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