Welcome to the Solar Car Challenge web site!

The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The Challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.

The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their solar cars. On alternating years, we share the fun of the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people.

The 2024 Solar Car Challenge, hosted by Oncor and Lockheed Martin, is a closed-track event at the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway. Come share the fun... meet the kids and see their solar cars.

Solar Car Challenge wins 2023 NBCUniversal Foundation Award
The Solar Car Challenge Foundation has been recognized by the NBCUniversal Foundation to receive a Local Impact Grant for our commitment to make a positive difference in the North Texas Education Community. Specifically, we were commended for our efforts to improve STEM Education and Youth Empowerment. (Press Release)

NBCDFW covers the impact made with the NBCUniversal Foundation Local Impact Grant - check out the news report.

Technology & Learning Magazine Names The Solar Car Challenge One of America's Top 10 Most Innovative Education Programs
Choosing 10 top projects from the hundreds, thousands, and probably millions out there is, of course, nearly impossible. In the end, Technology & Learning editors settled on a mix: some are high-end and cutting edge, others are more accessible to novice technology users, and still others are old favorites that have evolved over the years. Despite the somewhat eclectic selection you'll find here, common elements include authenticity, collaboration, and the use of critical thinking skills, global implications, in-depth investigations, and a very high student motivation and engagement factor. All in all, we hope you'll find the following projects compelling, worthy of emulation, and exciting examples of ways 21st century technologies are reinventing the concept of "school." (more info)

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