Workshops

Dates & Locations
When What Where
Saturday
September 15, 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-Sunday
January 19-20, 2019
Specialty Workshop
(workshop presentations)
DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023
(Recorded Video)
Saturday
September 14, 2019
9am - 3:30pm
New Teams Workshop
(workshop presentations)
DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
(817) 497-3023

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 fill out the reservation form below 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

Presentation of Awards

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 2019 Race Rules and the Race at the Texas Motor Speedway
Presented by William Shih

Importance of Following the Rules
Presented by the Stony Point High School Team (Round Rock, Texas)

The Scrutineering Process
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

12:00 PM Meet the Liberty Christian 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 Other Solar Car Challenge Applications: Telemetry
How to improve the efficiency of your race car through good telemetry
Presented by Tom Mullaney, Race Technology Director
3:30 PM Questions & Answers from the Audience

Specialty Workshop Agenda
Saturday
8:30 AM Welcome, and Overview of the 2019 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director & Founder, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
9:00 AM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]
Where to find materials for the Solar Car Project

Joel Pitts, Team Advisor to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
9:45 AM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]
Check-out the parts selected by the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
Coffee & Doughnuts
10:30 AM The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams and Schematics
A Discussion of Solid Edge, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software
Kyle Aruda, Solid Edge Portfolio Development Executive
Ali Nadimi, PLM Mainstream Operations

Links:
- Case Study/Article
- Free download to 3D CAD Solid Edge
- Spatial Thinking/Conceptional Blending Curriculum - Teaching math, geometry and engineering following a creative approach. Exciting students for engineering
11:15 AM The Importance of Information Technology within the Solar Car Project
Jarrett Dunn, Race Operations Director and Member of the Race Technology Board
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
1:30 PM The Importance of Telemetry for the Solar Car: A Pi-Top Application
Jarrett Dunn, Race Operations Director and Member of the Race Technology Board
Tom Mullaney, Race Technology Director
2:30 PM All Saints' Pi-Top Telemetry System
Presentation by Joseph Smat & Matthew Mildren / All Saints Episcopal School Solar Car Team
Handout: All Saints' Pi-Top Standard Operating Procedure
3:00 PM View the All Saints Solar Car Telemetry Applications
4:00 PM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
4:30 PM How to Keep Students and Parents Invested in the Solar Car Project
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director and Founder
Sunday
9:00 AM Building the Vehicle Frame
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
   Materials
   Roll bar and crush zones
   Wheels and Brakes
   Frame Design & Steering
9:45 AM Special Look at Solar Car Suspensions
Jarrett Dunn, Race Operations Director, Member of the Race Technology Board
10:30 AM Powering the Solar Car
Lee Cabe, Newburgh High School Solar Team Advisor (retired)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director

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
11:15 AM Power Management - How to get the most out of your Solar Car (video)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
Lee Cabe, Advisor to Solar Car Teams
Input v. Output - what you really get from your panel vs. what you will use going down the road. The importance of communications with your solar car driver.
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:45 PM Ben Barber Career Tech Academy Solar Car Team (Mansfield ISD)
1:30 PM Aerodynamics and Friction
William Shih, Deputy 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)

How to Build a Carbon-Fiber Body video
2:30 PM Rules for the 2019 Solar Car Challenge - How the Race will Operate!
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
3:15 PM How to Pass Scrutineering
Taylor Davis, Interim Race Technical Director
4:00 PM Focus on Race Safety and Amateur Radio
Robert Goodson, Team Advisor, Ben Barber Career Tech Academy
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

Michael Foree
Race Public Relations & Communications Officer
Solar Car Challenge Foundation Board Member
Dallas, Texas

Jarrett Dunn
Race Operations Director
Technology Board Member
Kaneohe, Hawaii

Tom Mullaney
Race Technology Director
Technology Board Member
Pflugerville, Texas

Chris Jones
Chief Race Judge
Solar Car Challenge Foundation Board Member
Covina, California

Taylor Davis
Interim Race Technical Director
Former Team Captain, Ben Barber Solar Car Team
Seguin, Texas

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

Dr. Lyle Crossley
Faculty Advisor, All Saints Episcopal School Solar Car Team
Fort Worth, Texas

Robert Goodson
Faculty Advisor, Ben Barber Career Tech Academy Solar Car Team
Mansfield, Texas

Kyle Aruda, Solid Edge Portfolio Development Executive
Ali Nadimi, PLM Mainstream Operations
Mainstream
Engineering for Siemens PLM Software
Plano, Texas

Fred Varian
Solar Car Challenge Race Communication & Safety Officer
Plano, Texas

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

Workshop Presentations
How to Pass Scrutineering (8.7 MB)
Presented by Taylor Davis - January 20, 2019
Rules for the 2019 Solar Car Challenge (1.1 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 20, 2019
Specialty Workshop, updated for 2019 (40.3 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 19-20, 2019
Solar Car Suspension (2.2 MB)
Presented by Jarrett Dunn - January 19, 2019
Solar Car Challenge Telemetry (2.8 MB)
Presented by Jarrett Dunn - January 19, 2019
All Saints' Pi-Top Telemetry System (197 KB)
Handout: All Saints' Pi-Top Standard Operating Procedure (272 KB)
Presented by Joseph Smat & Matthew Mildren, All Saints Solar Car Team - January 19, 2019
Information Systems (11.0 MB)
Presented by Jarrett Dunn - January 19, 2019
The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams and Schematics (3 MB)
Presented by Kyle Aruda, Ali Nadimi - January 19, 2019
Where to Find Materials for the Solar Car Project (3.02 MB)
Presented by Joel Pitts - January 19, 2019
New Teams Workshop (Mini-Course in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering) (19.4 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 15, 2018
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Solar Car Challenge (18.8 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 15, 2018
2018 Solar Car Design Considerations (2.2 MB)
Presented at New Teams Workshop - September 9, 2017
Taking a Top and Bottom Mold of MIT (44.3 MB)
Presented by Lee Cabe, Advisor, NFA Solar Racing Team - February 3, 2007