A Car Rally with a Deeper Meaning
May 15, 2013 Leave a comment
They’re not street legal, and there’s no room to carry a pizza, but these electric cars have great value to the young people who built them.
Thirteen teams—the largest showing ever—competed in the 10th annual Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Electric Vehicle Rally, April 19.
About 200 people attended, including volunteers, sponsors, and, of course, the students who designed and built the go-cart-style cars. They range from middle school to community college. Some went home with a trophy; all left with a universal sense of accomplishment.
“It’s designed so they can have fun driving, but the kids that are really learning are the ones that will win the rally,” said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
“About 60 percent of the scoring is academic. Only about 40 percent of it is the driving aspect of the competition,” Roedel said. The co-op program focuses on math, auto mechanics, physics, engineering, electronics and journalism.
“It’s just an amazing project because it encourages teamwork and problem solving,” said Alan Shedd, director of residential and commercial energy programs at Touchstone Energy®, who attended the rally in Little Rock and helped inspect the vehicles. ===> Continue Reading