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
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
(Recorded Video)
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
October 13, 2018
Sources Workshop 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 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 (video)
Joel Pitts, Team Advisor to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
10:00 AM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]: Selecting Solar Car Parts (video)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
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

Links:
- Case Study/Article
- Free download to 3D CAD Solid Edge
- Certification for Solid Edge
- Spatial Thinking/Conceptional Blending Curriculum - Teaching math, geometry and engineering following a creative approach. Exciting students for engineering
- Generative Modelling
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 (video)
Jesse Lozano, Founder & CEO of Pi-Top
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSBCXhjIEZ4
Dean Kline, Vice President of Communications for Pi-Top

Pi-Top Pilot Project
Solar Car Teams testing Pi-Top Curriculum and Hardware
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 (video)
Jarrett Dunn, Special Advisor to the Race Director

Components Used with Pi Top (video)
Michael Foree, Race Technology Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
Tom Mullaney, Deputy Technology Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
4:00 PM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management (video)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
4:30 PM How to Keep Students and Parents Invested in the Solar Car Project (video)
Criss Pearson, Faculty Advisor to multiple solar car teams
Sunday
9:00 AM Building the Vehicle Frame (video)
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 (video)
Lee Cabe, Newburgh High School Solar Team Advisor (retired)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation

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 (video)
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
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 (video)
Michael Foree, Race Technology Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
   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
2:15 PM How to Pass Scrutineering (video)
David Unfried, Race Technical Director

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

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
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
Information Systems (11.0 MB)
Presented by Jarrett Dunn - January 13, 2018
The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams and Schematics (3 MB)
Presented by Lars Neuheim - January 13, 2018
Specialty Workshop, updated for 2018 (26.4 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 13-14, 2018
Where to Find Materials for the Solar Car Project (100 KB)
Presented by Joel Pitts - January 13, 2018
List of Sources, updated for 2018 (23 KB)
Presented by Joel Pitts - January 13, 2018
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
Taking a Top and Bottom Mold of MIT (44.3 MB)
Presented by Lee Cabe, Advisor, NFA Solar Racing Team - February 3, 2007