The official Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP Greenpower event was held at the Utah Motorsports Campus, with 10 F24 Greenpower teams and 3 Goblin teams and it was an exciting day. Although it was a chilly day the teams and volunteers attended with enthusiasm, energy and excitement. The day’s racing did not go without challenges, but despite the technical mishaps the teams displayed team chemistry, sportsmanship and learned ways to improve their cars for future events.
The USU GEAR UP event was made possible by a host of sponsors (Malt-O-Meal, Pepsi, Lays, Macey’s, Smith’s, Utah Salt Flats Racing Association and Utah Sports Car Club of America) that donated to make the event a memorable occasion for all in attendance. The GEAR UP Greenpower Electric Car Challenge is focused on encouraging students as they explore engineering principles. The event is open to schools in the USU STARS! GEAR UP program; which prepares teens—many of whom are potential first-generation college students—for post-secondary education. The goal is to simultaneously get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math, and to pursue the higher education needed for careers in STEM. USU STARS! is a federally funded program that was designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college.
The event would not have been such a success without the incredible volunteers. We were lucky to have Utah Motorsports Campus experts volunteer and commentators Nathan Luehr and Lauren Resendes who kept the teams entertained throughout the day. We also would like to give a special thanks to Jacob Boyett from Greenpower USA who served as the official Race Director and provided design and engineering concepts prior to race day. Mike Parkinson, served as the Goblin Race Director; with support from Hugh Coltharp and colleague Peter. We wish to thank our partnering schools, Univision, Fox 13, KSL, UMC, Siemens, Greenpower USA, and Utah State University for their support.
The F24 electric car awards for the day were given to the teams as follows:
1st – Manti High School / South Sanpete School District
2nd – West Wendover High School / Elko School District
3rd – Mount Logan Middle School / Logan City School District
4th – Clearfield High School / Davis School District
5th – Uintah High School / Uintah School District
6th – Gunnison Valley High School /
7th – Logan High School / Logan City School District
8th – Wendover High School / Tooele School District
9th – North Sanpete High School / North Sanpete School District
10th – Dual Immersion Academy / Charter School in Salt Lake City
The Goblin electric car awards for the day were given to the teams as follows:
Drag 1st – Edith Bowen Laboratory School
Drag 2nd – Edith Bowen Laboratory School
Drag 3rd – Punch Buggy Team
Best Team Spirit – Uintah High School
Best Design – Clearfield High School
Best Sustainable Bodywork – Gunnison Valley High School
People’s Choice – Manti High School
Best Pit Exchange – Logan High School
Best Sportsmanship – Mount Logan Middle School
Best Problem Solving – North Sanpete High School
Best Progress – Dual Immersion Academy
Most Creative Design – West Wendover High School
Sportiest Car – Wendover High School
A huge thanks again to our sponsors, volunteers, student teams, team coaches, GEAR UP Site Coordinators, administrators, parents, mentors and Todd Newman and Nathan Smith our fantastic photographers and the weather for not quite raining on us, we look forward to returning to the UMC in 2017.