Workshops

Dates & Locations
When What Where
Saturday
September 9, 2017
9am - 3:30pm
New Teams Workshop
(workshop presentations)
DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
Saturday
October 14, 2017
*postponed to January 2018*
Sources Workshop DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
(Recorded Webcast)
Saturday-Sunday
January 13-14, 2018
Specialty Workshop
(workshop presentations)
DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
Saturday
May 5, 2018
How to Pass Scrutineering DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
Saturday
September 8, 2018
9am - 3:30pm
New Teams Workshop
(workshop presentations)
DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
Saturday
October 13, 2018
Sources Workshop DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
(Recorded Webcast)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who Should Attend? Any interested teacher or student that wants to build a high school solar car project in preparation for a Solar Car Challenge race.
How Many Can Attend? Please limit your attendance to no more than ten students per school.
How Much Does it Cost? Nothing.
Is a Reservation Required? Yes. Please contact Dr. Lehman Marks at lehmanm743@aol.com no later than one week in advance of the workshop. Teams will receive a formal registration receipt (by return email) that will be their ticket of admission for the workshop, and put that group on a mailing list for workshop announcements. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation will not be responsible for students, teachers, or teams arriving at the workshop without a formal registration receipt.
When are the Workshops? Scroll up to the top of this page for the dates and locations.

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New Teams Workshop Agenda
9:00 AM Welcome to the New Teams Workshop
What's ahead for the Solar Car Challenge in 2017 and 2018
10:00 AM How to Develop Your Team
Discussion led by Dr. Lehman Marks
  • What type of organization works best?
  • What is the right size of the team?
  • How do I get the team and parents vested in the project?

The Importance of a Team Calendar and Budget
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

The Role of the Team Captain
Presented by several former team captains

The Significance of Upcoming Workshops
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

11:00 AM 2018 Race Rules and the Cross-Country Event
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

The Scrutineering Process
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

12:00 PM Meet the All Saints Episcopal School's Solar Car Team
And see their solar car
1:30 PM Mini-course in Mechanical Engineering
Construction, Materials Technology, and Aerodynamics

"The value of Tenacity and Learning from your Mistakes"

2:15 PM Mini-course in Electrical Engineering
Solar car electrical systems, battery technology, and safety issues.
3:00 PM Constructing Your Solar Car
How to avoid construction problems that cause difficulty during Scrutineering
Presented by David Unfried, Interim Race Technical Director
3:30 PM Questions & Answers from the Audience

Sources Workshop Agenda
9:00 AM Coffee and Meet Conference Participants

Welcome to the Sources Workshop
"The Importance of finding the right sources at the right time!"

9:45 AM The Importance of Fundarising for the Solar Car Project
Discussion led by Dr. Lehman Marks

The Importance of Involving the Team in Fundraising
Presented by Mike Yakubovsky, Coppell HS Solar Car Team

The Role of the Team Captain in Fundraising
Presented by several former team captains

Fundraising Experiences
Coppell HS Solar Car Team

Coffee and doughnuts with the team

11:00 AM The Importance of Finding the Right Sources for the Solar Car
Presented by Mark Westlake and Caroline Little, Solar Car Team Advisors, St. Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team, Minneapolis, MN

Suppliers - Part I
What your team will need to buy in preparation for building a solar car

12:00 PM Lunch on Your Own
1:15 PM Suppliers - Part II
Continue discussing sources and supplier

Meet the Plano Academy Solar Car Team and hear their Experiences
Presented by Henry Howard, Team Captain

1:40 PM See the Greenville High School Solar Car
Learn about this great teamís experience with suppliers and sources

Specialty Workshop Agenda
Saturday
8:30 AM Welcome, and Overview of the 2018 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director & Founder, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
9:00 AM Sources - Where to find materials for the Solar Car Project
Joel Pitts, Team Advisor to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
10:00 AM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]: Selecting Solar Car Parts
Keith Reese, Team Advisor for the Houston Solar Race Team (retired)
Coffee & Doughnuts
11:15 AM The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams and Schematics (video)
A Discussion of Solid Edge, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software
Lars Naunheim, Director of Business Operations - Mainstream Engineering for Siemens PLM Software
11:45 AM Announcing the Solid Edge Prize for Drawings
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:45 PM See the Greenville High School Electric-Solar Powered Vehicle
1:30 PM Introduction to the Pi Top Laptop Project within the Solar Car Challenge
Jesse Lozano, Founder & CEO of Pi Top
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSBVXhjlEZ4
Dean Kline, Pi Top Public Relations
2:30 PM See the Wylie East High School Solar Car
3:00 PM The Importance of Telemetry for the Solar Car: A Pi-Top Application
Jarrett Dunn, Special Advisor to the Race Director
4:00 PM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
4:30 PM How to Keep Students and Parents Invested in the Solar Car Project
Criss Pearson, Faculty Advisor to multiple solar car teams
Sunday
9:00 AM Building the Vehicle Frame
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
   Materials
   Roll bar and crush zones
   Suspension
   Wheels and Brakes
   Frame Design & Steering
10:00 AM Powering the Solar Car
Lee Cabe, Newburgh High School Solar Team Advisor (retired)
Keith Reese, Houston Solar Race Team Advisor (retired)

Photovoltaic Array
   How much energy do you need?
   Prefabricated commercial panels vs. custom order panels
   Raw cells and lamination
   Do-it-yourself arrays
   Getting energy to the batteries
   Power trackers
Electric Motors
   Brushed motors and their controllers
   Brushless motors and their controllers
   Hub motors and their controllers
Batteries
   Figuring ot the kW/h total
   Battery testing
Wheels & Tires
   Tire Selection
   Gearing
11:00 AM Power Management - How to get the most out of your Solar Car
Keith Reese, Houston Solar Race Team Advisor (retired)
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:45 PM See Another High School Solar Car
1:30 PM Aerodynamics and Friction
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director, Solar Car Challenge
   Go farther on less!
   Simple ideas that make your care more efficient:
   Rolling resistance (tires and bearings)
   Reducing the weight of your car with composite materials
   Simple body aerodynamics (fairings and coverings)
   Complex body aerodynamics (full-size bodies)
2:15 PM Rules for the 2018 Solar Car Challenge - How the Race will Operate!
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director, Solar Car Challenge
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
2:45 PM How to Pass Scrutineering
David Unfried, Acting Race Technical Director
3:30 PM Focus on Race Safety and Amateur Radio
Fred Varian, Race Safety Officer

Workshop Presenters

Dr. Lehman Marks
Race Director and Founder, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
Former Advisor to the Winston Solar Car Team
Plano, Texas

William Shih
Deputy Race Director
Solar Car Challenge Board Member, Raytheon
Former Advisor to the Walnut Solar Car Team
Whittier, California

Lee Cabe
Faculty Advisor, Newburgh Solar Car Team (retired)
Consultant to numerous high school and college solar car teams
Newburgh, New York

Joel Pitts
Faculty Advisor, Greenville High School Solar Car Team
Greenville, Texas

Keith Reese
Faculty Advisor to the Sundancer Solar Car Team (retired)
Houston, Mississippi

Lars Naunheim
Director of Business Operations - Mainstream Engineering for Siemens PLM Software
Plano, Texas

Jesse Lozano
Founder and CEO, Pi Top
Austin, Texas and London, UK

Dean Kline
Public Relations, Pi Top
Austin, Texas

Fred Varian
Solar Car Challenge Safety Officer
Plano, Texas

David Unfried
Deputy Race Technical Director
Former Captain of the Winston Solar Car Team
Seguin, Texas

Criss Bartley
Solar Car Challenge Race Staff
Faculty Advisor to High School Solar Teams in Colorado, Nevada, and Texas

John King
Assistant to the Race Director
University of Texas at Arlington

Workshop Presentations
2018 Solar Car Design Considerations (2.2 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 9, 2017
New Teams Workshop (Mini-Course in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering) (18.8 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 9, 2017
Rules for the 2018 Solar Car Challenge (1.1 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 9, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Solar Car Challenge (18.8 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 9, 2017
Avoiding Problems During Scrutineering (13.2 MB)
Presented by David Unfried - January 14, 2017
Specialty Workshop, updated for 2017 (26.4 MB)
Presented by Mark Westlake, Caroline Little, Keith Reese, and Lee Cabe - January 14, 2017
Designing Your Solar Car with Solid Edge (7.2 MB)
Presented by Dr. Lars Naunheim and Wannie Wang - January 14, 2017
The Importance of Solar Car Project Management (716 KB)
Presented by William Shih - January 14, 2017
2016 Sources Workshop Webcast
Recorded - October 15, 2016
Fundraising for a Solar Car Team (64.0 KB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks - October 15, 2016
List of Sources (20.2 KB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks - October 15, 2016
Navigating the 2016 Solar Car Challenge (212 KB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks - July 17, 2016
2014 New Teams Workshop Presentations - September 7, 2013
Introduction
Summary of 2014 Rules
Mechanical/Electrical Workshop
Go Kart Speed Calculator - Allows for calculation of gear ratios based on speed and rated motor RPM.
Wholesale Solar - A vendor from California that sells great MPPTs/charge controllers (Midnite Solar) and other solar supplies.
2013 Workshop Links
Brakes: MCP Mini Lite; contact Brad at 937-228-0370, 937-461-4371 fax (identify yourself as high school solar car team)
Telemetry: Vernier LabQuest 2 ($325 + sensors)
Navigation: DeLorme USB GPS Receive w/ Topo North America ($105)
CabeSolar.com Energy Calculation Spreadsheet
The Journey of a 1000 Miles Begins With a Broken Fan Belt - Presentation by Mike Yabubovsky
Amateur Radio - Presentation by Dan Lepinski
ECCO 3510 Installation Instructions
Building a Solar Car - White Paper from Mark Westlake containing information and vendor contacts
Summary of 2013 Rule Changes
Specialty Workshop (25 MB)
Presented by Mark Westlake - January 21, 2012
Mehcanical & Design (1.5 MB)
Presented by Jensen Krage and David Hardy - September 18, 2011
Solar Car Design (2.2 MB)
Presented by Jensen Krage and Matt Tunnell - October 9, 2010
Mechanical (77 KB)
Presented by David Hardy and Matt Carter - October 9, 2010
2009 Specialty Workshop Webcast
Recorded - February 7-8, 2009
2008 Specialty Workshop Webcast
Recorded - February 2-3, 2008
Motors (711 KB)
Presented by Keith Reese, Advisor, Houston Solar Race Team - February 7, 2009
Motor Controllers (711 KB)
Presented by Keith Reese, Advisor, Houston Solar Race Team - February 7, 2009
A Simple Telemetry System (291 KB)
Includes sample LabView code.
Presented by Chris Jones, Technical Director - February 8, 2009
Labview Source Code (296 KB)
Presented by Chris Jones, Technical Director - February 8, 2009
The Mechanical Engineering in High School Solar Cars (39.6 MB)
Presented by Mark Westlake, Advisor, Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team - February 8, 2009
Steps and Resources for Composite Construction (68 KB)
Presented by Mark Westlake, Advisor, Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team - February 8, 2009
Scoring Procedures (369 KB)
Presented by William Shih, Technology Director - February 3, 2007
Taking a Top and Bottom Mold of MIT (44.3 MB)
Presented by Lee Cabe, Advisor, NFA Solar Racing Team - February 3, 2007
Mechanical Engineering Applications (11.7 MB)
Presented by Malcolm Stalcup, Advisor, Solar Stealth - January 18, 2004
Fundraising Ideas (101 KB)
Presented by Ryan Hughes - July 13, 2003
Mini-Course in Electrical Engineering (86.5 KB)
Presented by Chris Jones - July 13, 2003
Planning (43.0 KB)
Presented by Daniel Sandt - July 22, 2002
A Brief Overview of Fundraising (68.5 KB)
Presented by Danny Jamieson and Jason Hendrickson - July 22, 2002
Mechanical Presentation (6.48 MB)
Presented by Jon Hinds and Mike Dwyer - July 22, 2002