Liberty Christian School Raced into Second Place in Solar Car Challenge
Aug 30, 2017 08:20AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers
Students at Liberty Christian School took their STEM skills to the track. In what has been called the ultimate brain sport, a team of 10 Liberty Christian students and teacher sponsors competed in the Solar Car Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway last month, coming in just 52 laps behind first place.
“This year’s finish is the best we’ve ever done,” said sponsor Dr. Brent Dragoo in a press release. “We’ve improved our energy management, decreased our rolling resistance thanks to aerodynamics, and worked well together as a team from start to finish. We had a great time!”
The Solar Car Challenge began in 1993 as a high school extracurricular program but evolved into what is now the Solar Car Challenge Foundation that brings in students from all over the world. Students work in teams and apply engineering and technology skills to build or refine a car powered solely by the sun.
The challenge runs a 15-month education cycle that teaches high school students how to plan, design, engineer, build and race roadworthy solar cars, which is accomplished through six national teaching workshops, onsite visits, curriculum materials and summer camps.
All of the learning culminates in a closed-track event at the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or a cross-country race designed to give students an opportunity to show the country the product of their efforts.
As of 2017, 181 high schools in 36 states, plus Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas took part in some phase of the Solar Car Challenge Education program. Top teachers from across the country put their minds together to make the Solar Car Challenge one of the most engaging and motivating high school science programs in existence today.
Liberty Christian students also achieved another honor. At the awards ceremony on July 22, students received the Sandt Award for displaying the true spirit of solar car racing through distinguished service to their fellow teams.
Upper School Principal Heather Lytle said, “Our students demonstrated the Warrior Way to other teams as they provided their know-how and time to other teams who were preparing for the race. They truly showed we are all a big family in solar car.”