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 SOLAR RACING COMES TO BOISE

   Cloudy skies and rainy weather did little to damper the spirits of participants in the Solar Go-Kart Challenge held at Boise State University on July 10-11, 2015.
    
    The Solar Go-Kart Challenge project consisted of diverse teams of high school students, each responsible for building a solar-powered go-kart in eight weeks to compete in a race against the other teams. As the name implies, it was a design challenge that emphasised friendly competition, and 21st century skills such as: leadership, teamwork, time management, fabrication, and various other real world skills. The project was also designed to give participants a long-lasting skill set, and life tools that will help them suceed in the future.
   
    The two-day event included the teams giving design presentations on July 10th to a panel of engineers. The presentations centered on highlighting what the students learned and how they overcame obstacles. On July 11th, the student teams competed against each other in timed events across the Boise State University campus. 
      The event was organized by Greenspeed Research, an Idaho non-profit with a mission to facilitate learning for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines and renewable energy sources. With the roots of a student club at Boise State University, and founders who are card-carrying graduates of the Boise State Venture College, the organization is now focused on breaking the barriers to STEM and disproving the myths and misconceptions of renewable energy sources.
     
    For more information about Greenspeed Research, please contact Cooper Shea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or David Schenker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The website address is http://greenspeedresearch.org.