Workshops

Dates & Locations
When What Where
Saturday
September 11, 2021
10am - 3:30pm
New Teams Workshop
(Workshop Presentations)
Virtual via Zoom
(Recorded Video)
Saturday
December 11, 2021
10:30am
Siemens Solid Edge Training Virtual
RSVP to Muhammad.Sajjad@Siemens.com
Friday-Saturday
January 14-15, 2022
Specialty Workshop
(Workshop Presentations)
Virtual via Zoom
(Recorded Video)

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.

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2022 Specialty Workshop Agenda
Friday, January 14, 2022
1:00 PM Welcome, and Overview of the 2022 Solar Car Challenge
Dr. Lehman Marks, Race Director & Founder, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
1:45 PM How to Start Your Solar Car Team and Promote Your Project
Robert W. Gopffarth, Team Adviser to the Keller ISD Solar Car Team, Texas
Keller Center for Advanced Learning
2:30 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
3:30 PM 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
4:15 PM The Importance of Information Technology and Telemetry in Solar Cars
Eric Andrechek, Former Captain of the Okemos Solar Car Team, Okemos, Michigan
Technology Intern, 2021 Solar Car Challenge

Being an Intern/Judge in the Solar Car Challenge
Eric Andrechek, Intern in the 2021 Solar Car Challenge
5:00 PM Visit with Convenant Cougars Solar Car Team and view their Solar Car
Shannon Caraway, Team Adviser to the Covenant Christian Solar Car Team
5:30 PM Meet a Representative from University of Texas (Arlington) Engineering
Professor Jonathan Bredow, Associate Chair, Electrical Engineering Department
7:00 PM The Importance of Battery Connections in the Solar Car Battery Box
Chris Jones, Chief Race Judge, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
7:15 PM The Importance of Solar Car Project Management
William Shih, Deputy Race Director, Solar Car Challenge Foundation
8:00 PM How to Develop Great Mechanical Drawings
Muhammad Sajjad, Application Engineer, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Saturday, January 15, 2022
9:00 AM Engineering Our Future (Keynote Presentation)
Eleanor Nave, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Engineer
9:15 AM Building the Vehicle Frame
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
   Materials
   Roll bar and crush zones
   Wheels and Brakes
   Frame Design & Steering
10:00 AM The Importance of Public Relating Your Team
Mackenzie Becker, Solar Car Challenge Media Relations Specialist
10:30 PM Meet the Prosper HS Solar Car Team and view their Cruiser Division vehicle
Enrique Elias, Team Adviser, Prosper Engineering Team, Texas
11:00 AM Powering the Solar Car
Chris Jones, Chief Race Judge, 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
12:00 PM How to Develop Great Electrical Schematics
Mike Ashbaugh, Solid Edge Business Development Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software
1:15 PM Power Management - How to get the most out of your Solar Car
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
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
Chris Jones, Chief Race Judge
   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 2022 Solar Car Challenge - How the Race will Operate!
William Shih, Deputy Race Director
3:30 PM How to Drive a Cross-Country Race
William Shih, Deputy Race Director

New Teams Workshop Agenda
Hosted by Texas Instruments
10:00 AM Welcome to the New Teams Workshop and Race Philosophy
What's ahead for the Solar Car Challenge in 2021 and 2022
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
10:30 AM 2022 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

Meet the Greenville Solar Car Team and see their solar cars
Presented by the Greenville Solar Car Team
11:30 AM Mini-course in Mechanical Engineering
Construction, Materials Technology, and Aerodynamics
Presented by William Shih, Deputy Race Director
12:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Mini-course in Electrical Engineering
Solar car electrical systems, battery technology, and safety issues.
Presented by William Shih
2:30 PM Telemetry and Information Analysis
How to improve the efficiency of your race car through good telemetry
Presented by Eric Andrechek, Race Technology Board
2:45 PM The Importance of the Oral Presentation & Team Scrapbook
New Guidelines require presentations to include Team Engineering Decisions
Presented by Dr. Lehman Marks
3:30 PM Rules for the 2022 Race
Presented by William Shih

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 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