Mouser Electronics, for the fourth straight year, is sponsoring the Ben Barber High School solar racing team of Mansfield, Texas, as it competes in the 2015 Solar Car Challenge on July 18-23 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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.
"Supporting and encouraging the engineers of tomorrow is a large part of our mission at Mouser," says Kevin Hess, Mouser's Vice President of Technical Marketing. "We are very proud to again support our local Ben Barber solar racing team. It is exciting for us to have a role in supporting this important team project that encourages STEM education."
The Mouser-sponsored team at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy will be competing against 29 teams from across the nation. Mostly from Texas, but others come from as far away as Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida and California.
The Ben Barber Career Tech Academy solar racing team finished 4th overall in 2014 in a race from Fort Worth to Austin. The team (The Shine Runners) also won the Michael Foree Award, presented to them for utilizing the best computer technology in the design, production, and racing of their solar car.
On alternating years, the teams race at the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people. In 2013, the Shine Runners won the State Energy Conservation Award from the State of Texas. The Conservation Award is presented to the team for displaying outstanding engineering excellence. The team also received a special proclamation from the Texas State Senate.