Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this year’s Racing the Sun (RTS), an engineering program that challenges high school students to design, build, and race solar-powered go-karts.
Working with teachers and mentors, students spent nine months preparing for Race Day. Along the way, they applied physics, engineering, and energy. They solved real-world problems, using mathematical, analytical, and critical thinking skills, and worked in teams to collaborate on ideas. They were all challenged to translate their ideas into a working prototype, and along the way, they built leadership skills!
Participating Schools: Blue Ridge High School, Center for Academic Success, Mica Mountain High School, Peoria High School, Salpointe Catholic High School, Shadow Ridge High School, Sonoran Science Academy, Tanque Verde High School, Tucson High Magnet High School, and Wilcox High School.
Racing the Sun Results
Grand Champion (Legacy)
Center for Academic Success: Apollo’s Chariot
Grand Champion (Maker)
Shadow Ridge High School: Solar Stallions
Salpointe Catholic High School: Salpointe Legacy
First: Tucson High Magnet School: Mecha Badgers
Second: Blue Ridge High School: Blue Ridge
Engineering Tenacity Award
Mica Mountain High School: MMHS Racing the Sun
First: Shadow Ridge High School: Solar Stallions
First: Center for Academic Success: Bear Metal
Second: Salpointe Catholic High School: Salpointe Maker
Bending the Rules
Sonoran Science Academy- Davis Monthan: Chaos Cerberus
Center for Academic Success: Bear Metal
Coach of the Year
Eric Bennett with Shadow Ridge High School