With the Mississippi sun coming out once again, expect to see us out and about training and testing the car. Soon I'm sure there will be new posts with us on the road!
Friday, April 11, 2014
This summer the Solar Car Challenge hosted by Austin Energy will be a bit different from races in the past. First, the race has a new sponsor, Austin Enery. Second, instead of being a track or cross country race we will have both challenges. July the 21st and 22nd will be spent racing around the Texas Motor Speedway. July 23rd and 24th the race will hit the road to Austin, Texas. Below is the race route.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Our newest addition to the solar car family
This past week the team participated in the annual Houston, MS, Christmas parade. Sorry for the blurry pictures, but the cars were just going much too fast! Just kidding, it was night and a nice parade onlooker took them for us. From our team to you, we just want to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas! This is a time of year to be thankful for all we have and we are one blessed team. As we reflect on the year, we would like to thank every one that has helped to get us where we are now, supported us, visited our shop, let us attend your club meetings, or kept up with us during the race.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Today, the team accepted an extremely generous donation from the Columbus, MS VFW. The veterans donated $10,000 to help the team fund this summer's race with ideally two cars. Right now the team is at a loss for words to explain how greatful they are to the veterans not only for their monitary donation, but also their service to our country. We had a great time today spending time with some club representatives, showing them around our lab, and sharing some stories. We have formed a friendship with some members that we hope continue. On Veteran's Day we will participate in their parade in Columbus.
So we are accepting this check now?!
The news man found it funny our captain needed to fix her hair before she would be on TV
Interviewing Kristen Black
Interviewing the Commander of the Columbus VFW, Don Fransico
Commander Frank Pemper of the Houston VFW being interviewed for the Houston newspaper
The veterans that came to visit us today along with one of our special projects
Mr. Reese making sure the veterans all looked nice before the big check presentation
The news anchor talking to Kristen Black, Charlie Hopson, and Allyson Taylor about the car
The BIG check presentation!! Pictured in the back is our team and on the front row is Keith Reese, Bobby Mooneyham, Beverly James, representatives from the VFW and Steve Coker
We believe the veterans had just as much fun with our special projects as they did with our team and solar car.
As a small token of our appreciation, we presented the veterans with small replica models of Sundancer I. We know that could never thank them enough, but they will always have a way to remember us.
Friday, October 11, 2013
After extensive study of the new rules our team became concerned about the wheel base of our car. We decided it was hopeless to try and correct our current car because it would be too extensive of a project. The team has been tirelessly working and believe we have the new car running. This afternoon we were able to take Sundancer III on its first succesful lap around our parking lot. We know it doesn't look like much now but once the new cells and decals are added we know it will be a succesful car. Here is the first picture of our new car and captain Kristen Black
Sunday, August 04, 2013
After the race ended and a little sight seeing was completed, the students along with Ms Leigh Ann flew back home. This left the advisors to make the LONG drive back. They have faced some issues along the way resulting in them only driving around seventy-five miles in one day while the other time was spent dealing with: vehicles running hot in the desert, problems with Big Red's transmission and brakes as well as the latest item: the hinge on the race trailer breaking. At this time, the crew is searching for lost luggage along the highway.....
|Before leaving our team made sure to take a picture of the Hollywood sign to commemorate our time on the race and in Los Angeles!|
|We took a day to do plenty of sight seeing!|
|Death Valley, hmm maybe we shouldn't have taken this route...|
|Someone help!! Of course Mr. Reese was up to his usual antics despite a few bumps in the road!|
BB checking the wheels. Mr. Reese said the brakes got up to 800 degrees going down the mountain!
Repairing the race trailer door.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The team has done amazing. We broke our driving record with a total of 791.9 miles. We had a very long trip that started and ended with a bang. Thank you to every one who helped support and encouraged us; we could not have done it with out you all. A special thanks to all the team members for making this the most successful year.
Zack Mixon and Jacob Bridgman pulling the car to the start line.
We gave our trophy to Walnut for all their hard work and dedication.
We are finally in L.A.
Sundancer driving with L.A. in the horizon.
Sundancer was in a movie.
Crossing the finish line.
The team celebrates the win!
BB signing all the hats at the end of the race.
Zack, Allyson, and Jacob acting like goof balls.
The team celebrates the win by throwing off the hats.
Sundancer being taken to the trailer for the last time of the race.
Trey Franklin and Kristen Black doing an interview with the local news.
Kristen and Trey bouncing on the trailer to see how much it can hold.
Jacob and Trey loading the car for the last time.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The team had a very successful day today breaking our own record by completing more miles than ever before. We learned a lot about team work and are ready to conquer the last day tomorrow. We are so happy to be doing so well. The team can not believe that the race is coming to and end and that we will be home in a few days.
Trey Franklin and Kristen Marsh clean the array after riding through the desert.
Andi Houser giving the day's trophy to Grosse Point for all their hard work and dedication.
Mrs. Turman drives through town with lunch all on the dash trying to find the team.
Finally in the last state of the race.
Leaving our mark in California!
Sundancer arriving at impound in Twentynine Palms!
The team sets the car up for display for the community.
Charlsi Allen, Trey Franklin, and Kristen Black drinking water after the long hot day in the desert.
The team poses with the car after completing 193.8 miles.