Workshops

Dates & Locations
When What Where
Saturday
September 17, 2022
10am - 3:30pm
Teams Workshop
(Workshop Presentations)
DFW Marriott & Golf Club
Saturday-Sunday
January 28-29, 2023
Specialty Workshop
(Workshop Presentations)
DFW Marriott & Golf Club

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 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.

Workshop Reservation

Please complete the following information to request a reservation for the Specialty Workshop no later than one week in advance.

Teacher Name
Teacher Email
Teacher Mobile Phone
School Name
School Address
Number Attending

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Teams Workshop Agenda
Hosted by Oncor and Lockheed Martin
10:00 AM Welcome to the Teams Workshop and Race Philosophy
What's ahead for the Solar Car Challenge in 2023
10:15 AM How to Develop Your Team
Presented 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, Budget, and Suppliers
  • New Team Mentor Program
10:30 AM 2023 Cross-Country Race: How it works!
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks
11:00 AM Where to Find Parts for your Solar Car
Presented by Joel Pitts, Adviser to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
11:30 AM Mini-course in Mechanical Engineering
Construction, Materials Technology, and Aerodynamics
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Meet the Wylie East Solar Car Team and see their Solar Car
The Importance of Welding: Presented by Tony Roseberry, Team Adviser
2:15 PM Mini-course in Electrical Engineering
Solar car electrical systems, battery technology, and safety issues.
Presented by Michael Foree, Solar Car Challenge Board Member
3:00 PM The Importance of the Oral Presentation & Team Scrapbook
New Guidelines require presentations to include Team Engineering Decisions
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks
3:15 PM Rules for the 2023 Race
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks

2023 Specialty Workshop Agenda
Friday, January 27, 2023
7:30 PM Reception for Teachers & Advisers attending the Workshop
This will be a great opportunity to begin networking with other team advisers.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:00 AM Welcome, and Overview of the 2023 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director & Founder, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
9:45 PM How to Start Your Solar Car Team and Promote Your Project
10:15 PM Building Solar Cars [Materials Technology]
Where to find materials for the Solar Car Project

Joel Pitts, Team Adviser to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
Coffee Break
See the Iron Lions Solar Car and meet their team
11:00 AM "So you Built a Solar Car and Passed Scrutineering! Now What?"
Lucas Kiowski, Adviser to the Greenville High School Solar Car Team
11:45 AM The Importance of Reliable Mechanical Diagrams and Schematics
Brian Coleman, Team Adviser to the Somerset High Solar Car Team, Kentucky
Classic Team Division Winner in the Siemens Mechanical Drawing Competition
Lunch
1:30 PM The Importance of Information Technology and Telemetry in Solar Cars
Eric Andrechek, Former Captain of the Okemos Solar Car Team, Okemos, Michigan
Technology Director, 2023 Solar Car Challenge

Being an Intern/Judge in the Solar Car Challenge
Eric Andrechek, Intern in the 2021 Solar Car Challenge
2:45 PM The Importance of Sharing Your Project with the Community
Charlene Olson, Team Adviser, Winston Solar Cr Team

Meet the Winston Solar Car Team
Coffee Break
See the Iron Lions Solar Car and meet their team
3:30 PM The Importance of Battery Connections in the Solar Car Battery Box
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
4:00 PM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
Dinner on your own
7:15 PM How to Develop Great Mechanical Drawings
Muhammad Sajjad, Siemens Digital Software
A practical workshop designed to help students with CAD Drawings
[Just for students]
7:15 PM Scrutineering Demonstraton
A practical workshop showing what teams go through during Scrutineering
[Just for teachers]
8:30 PM Question & Answer Session
An opportunity to discuss anything with Race Officials
Sunday, January 29, 2023
9:00 AM The Excitement of Being an Engineer
Lockheed Martin Engineer
9:30 AM Building the Vehicle Frame - Mechanical
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
   Materials
   Roll bar and crush zones
   Wheels and Brakes
   Frame Design & Steering
10:30 PM Meet a Solar Car Team
Coffee Break
See the Iron Lions Solar Car and meet their team
11:15 AM Powering the Solar Car
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
Lunch
1:15 PM Power Management - How to get the most out of your Solar Car
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
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.
2:00 PM Aerodynamics
   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
3:00 PM Rules for the 2023 Solar Car Challenge - How the Race will Operate!
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation

The Importance of Team Oral Presentation and the Scrapbook
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director
3:45 PM How to Drive a Cross-Country Race
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director

Workshop Presentations
Welcome to the 2022 Solar Car Challenge (11.9 MB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks/William Shih - January 14, 2022
Where to Find Materials for the Solar Car Project, updated for 2022 (3.64 MB)
List of Components & Sources, updated for 2021 (29 KB)
Presented by Joel Pitts - January 14, 2022
The Importance of Information Technology and Telemetry in Solar Cars (1.9 MB)
Presented by Eric Andrechek - January 14, 2022
Being an Intern/Judge in the Solar Car Challenge (295 JB)
Presented by Eric Andrechek - January 14, 2022
Electrical Safety (25.6 MB)
Presented by Chris Jones - January 14, 2022
The Importance of Solar Car Project Management (1.9 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 14, 2022
How to Develop Great Mechanical Drawings (3.6 MB)
Presented by Muhammad Sajjad, Application Engineer, Siemens - January 14, 2022
Engineering Our Future (Keynote Presentation) (24.4 MB)
Presented by Eleanor Nave, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Engineer - January 15, 2022
Building the Vehicle Frame (13.9 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 15, 2022
Powering the Solar Car (17.1 MB)
Presented by Chris Jones - January 15, 2022
Power Manageemnt (2.3 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 15, 2022
Aerodynamics (5.5 MB)
Presented by Chris Jones - January 15, 2022
Rules for the 2022 Race (6.5 MB)
Presented by William Shih - September 11, 2021
The Importance of Team Oral Presentations and Scrapbook (23.1 MB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks - September 11, 2021
Mini-Course in Electrical Engineering (11.0 MB)
Presented by William Shih - September 11, 2021
Mini-Course in Mechanical Engineering (12.1 MB)
Presented by William Shih - September 11, 2021
Things to Remember on a Cross-Country Race (8.2 MB)
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks - September 11, 2021
How to Pass Scrutineering (7.9 MB)
Presented by Chris Jones - January 19, 2020
Rules for the 2020 Solar Car Challenge (1.4 MB)
Presented by William Shih - January 19, 2020
The Importance of Community Outreach (144 MB)
Presented by the Winston Solar Car Team - January 19, 2020
How to Pass Scrutineering (8.7 MB)
Presented by Taylor Davis - January 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
2018 Solar Car Design Considerations (2.2 MB)
Presented at 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