While building the cars, the students have to keep in mind the point system they will be judged on at the races: Endurance, (the most important category), Braking, Maneuverability, and Design.
Racing against other high schools, the EVT will perform at two different races come the end of April and beginning of May. Peers judge the first competition, the Elk Heart Race at Road America, while professionals take over at the second, the Wisconsin International Raceway in Appleton. Miller says the team has placed well in past years and hopes to repeat that success. If they place first, Miller says the EVT is entitled to “bragging rights” for “coming up with new ideas no one’s ever come up with before.”
Daniel Stanford is the Tech Ed teacher that has taken over this program just this year from Damon Smith. Stanford says he can tell the students are “dedicated and have lots of ambition.” He believes that the students are so into the electrical car challenge because “it was presented to them as a challenge, so when they’re challenged, they want to complete it, and that gives them motivation.”
Regardless of what motivates them, you have to admit that high school students building the cars of the future, is really, really cool. It sure beats a birdhouse.