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.
When are the Workshops? Scroll up to the top of this page for the dates and locations.

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2017 New Teams Workshop Schedule
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

2016 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

2017 Specialty Workshop Schedule
Saturday, January 14, 2017
8:30 AM Welcome, and Overview of the 2017 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
9:00 AM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management
William Shih, Assistant Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
9:30 AM Presentation by Solar Car Challenge Board Members
Michael Foree and Matt Tunnell
9:45 AM Coffee & Doughnuts
10:00 AM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]: Selecting Solar Car Parts
Keith Reese, Team Advisor for the Houston Solar Race Team
11:15 AM The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams (video)
A Discussion of Solid Edge
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software
Lars Naunheim and Wannie Wang, Siemens Software Management
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
12:45 PM See the Liberty Christian High School Solar Car
1:30 PM Building the Vehicle Frame
Mark Westlake and Caroline Little
St. Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team, Minneapolis, Minnesota
   Materials
   Roll bar and crush zones
   Suspension
   Wheels and Brakes
   Frame Design & Steering
2:30 PM Powering the Solar Car
Mark Westlake, St. Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team
Lee Cabe, Newburgh High School Solar Team Advisor (retired)
Keith Reese, Houston Solar Race Team Advisor

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
Power Management
   Input vs. Output - what you really get from your panels vs.
      what you will use going down the road
   Communicating with your driver
Wheels & Tires
   Tire Selection
   Gearing
4:00 PM How to Pass Scrutineering
David Unfried, Deputy Race Technical Director
Sunday, January 15, 2017
9:00 AM Rules for the 2017 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks and William Shih
   New Rules for the 2017 Race
   March 1st Registration - What is required for registration
9:30 AM The Solar Electric Vehicle in the 2017 Solar Car Challenge
Christian Negratti, Solar-Electric Vehicle Specialist
   Rules/Variations from the Classic Division
   Scrutineering for Solar-Electric Vehicles
   Charging Stations
   Race Logistics
10:00 AM Aerodynamics and Friction
Mark Westlake
   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)
   Special Demonstration - Mark Westlake
Coffee & Doughnuts
11:00 AM Power Management - How to get the most out of your Solar Car
Keith Reese
   Input v. Output - what you really get from your panel vs. what you will use going down the road
   Communications with your driver
12:00 PM Lunch on your own
Optional: Drive over to the Texas Motor Speedway to check out Garage and Pit Row Area
1:00 PM The Importance of Telemetry
Dr. Lehman Marks
1:30 PM Focus on Race Safety and Amateur Radio
Fred Varian, Race Safety Officer

Workshop Presenters

Mark Westlake
Saint Thomas Academy Physics Teacher
Moderator of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team

Caroline Little
Saint Thomas Academy French Teacher
Moderator of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team

Lee Cabe
Consultant to numerous high school and college solar car teams
Newburgh, New York

Keith Reese
Houston ISD
Faculty Advisor to the Sundancer Solar Car Team
Houston, Mississippi

Lars Naunheim and Wannie Wang
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software
Plano, Texas

Dr. Lehman Marks
President, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
Former Advisor to the Winston Solar Car Team
Plano, Texas

William Shih
Assistant Race Director
Solar Car Challenge Board Member, Raytheon
Whittier, California

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

Christian Negratti
Electric-Solar Powered Vehicle Specialist, Solar Car Challenge
Stillwater, Oklahoma

John King and Eric Lucas
Solar Car Challenge Attending Interns
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