Saturday, April 4 at Nazareth Area Middle School94 Friedenstahl Ave, Nazareth, PA 18064
Come support three local 8th grade teams as they show off the cars they built and, of course, RACE! This race is powered by GreenpowerUSA, an international STEAM program that challenges schools to design, build, and race their own electric-powered race cars.
Schedule of Events
- 8:30am–10:30am Practice and Prep
- 11:00am–12:30pm Race at Nazareth Area Middle School
- 1:00pm–2:00pm Video Presentations at Andrew LEH Stadium (Nazareth Area High School) Weather Permitting
- 2:30pm Award Ceremony
- Nazareth Area Middle School
- Southern Lehigh Middle School
- Wilson Area Intermediate School
About the Program
GreenpowerUSA is an international STEAM program that runs engineering challenges for schools based around designing and building a single-seat electric-powered race car. This program’s goal is to change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person. The project strengthens college and career readiness.
Schools form a team that includes mechanics, drivers, marketers, and more - exact composition is up to the school. The kit includes a frame, motor, battery, and a few other mechanical components.
Students have to plan how they will assemble the supplied parts and fabricate a body and other components. The marketers plan how they will raise funds to support the program.
This often includes: holding events at the school; going out and doing public presentations; calling on businesses for sponsorships; and much more. Design work also goes into creating the team logo and planning the design for the graphics on the car. In addition to racing the car, the team must create a video presentation that is also scored for points to be added to their race points.
This all combines to enhance the students’ confidence, ability to work as a team, knowledge of business concepts, ability to problem solve, and much more. This also allows students who perform better in hands-on assignments have an opportunity to do so. This program is intended to be student lead. Teachers are not supposed to give the students direction or answers to their challenges - unless there is a safety concern.