The 6th Cool Running’s is in the book after a damp start.
The local weathermen were right on target. Rain Friday and clearing Sat. Weather forecasters on the other side of the state said it was rain all day which cost us some of our out of town teams.
The first race went off on schedule at 10 A.M. with a slightly damp track but no problems from the damp. It was dry by the end of the first race.
We want to welcome Strawberry Crest High School to their first ever race. Electrathon of Tampa Bay loaned them one of the two old Plant City cars. Wharton is doing well with the other one.
They got the car about 10 days ago and just got it running with a replacement computer last Thursday after Ken and I worked with them.
They had wiring problems in the first race and didn’t finish. They got it working for the second race and had a respectable showing for not having had any practice or prep time. They should be 100% by next race.
Wharton High School had problems the first race but recovered to take a strong 2nd place finish in the second race just two laps down. They have a very fast car so look out for them in the future.
Brandon High School and Tampa Bay Tech continue to trade 1sts and 2nds between the Brandon 9 car and the TBT 242 car with TBT taking the overall 1st place in High School class on total laps. The Brandon team blew out 4 tires during the race so its a good thing they have quick change axels and extra wheels and tubes. The TBT 242 took 1st in the first race when Brandons 9 car batteries went down. Brandons 9 car took 1st from TBT in the second race by 3 seconds over the TBT 242 car
One of the high school cars ended up in the cones on one turn but the prize for the most dramatic event is split between the Brandon 14 car which blew out a tire in one of the front s curves and did a spin in the middle of the turn and the Electrocutioners 8 car which had a minor problem with the left front wheel when it went from about a 4 deg. camber angle to a 45 deg camber angle when a weld broke on the steering system. Made it very hard to steer.
The Electrocutioners 8 car equaled the track record of 77 laps in the first race and was going to try and break it in the second race. The steering broke after 19 laps and they had to withdraw.
Tiger Racing, out of Miami and the series points leader in Open Class, was tearing up the track during the first race when he blew a tire. He still finished the race with a respectable lap count.
The Electrocutioners 90 car took overall top honors with 74 laps in each of the races. Very fast, very steady.
The Hillsborough Community College Engineering Dept. 30 car had its best day this race season with two trouble free races. It was even ready to go for both races without last min. repairs or adjustments. The weak point now is the batteries. If they can get hold of some new batteries they will be a contender. The car has all the bugs worked out and looks real good.
The March race is up in the air. We are looking for a venue and will let everyone know soon.
April 26 is the Emerald Coast Electrathon/SkillsUSA race at the Five Flags Speedway Track in Pensacola. It is held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA State Championships. Last year teams from the southeast and Arkansas were there. This is the biggest race in the state and also the most expensive for local High School teams. Entry is free but travel and lodging expenses are a killer. Its only 460 miles one way. Local teams are working on raising funds to make the trip. With the expenses of acquiring the old Plant City cars Electrathon of Tampa Bay will not be able to help very much this year.
Electrathon of Tampa Bay Organization (ETO) was formed in 2008 as a Florida Nonprofit Corporation to promote and strengthen interest in Engineering in the (7) County TBARTA Service Area plus neighboring Polk County. We are an umbrella organization (9) Electrathon Car Clubs and (21) Junior Solar Sprint Clubs (JSS). Our Board is comprised of Educators, Engineers, Physicists and Community Business Leaders who have a demonstrated passion and a solid track record of providing our student teams with hands-on accessible learning opportunities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This all volunteer group of visionary and strategic thinking adults are welded together by a common vision of improving the future of our students, our families and our Country through competitive engineering endeavors and real world learning projects open and accessible to all. We are the only such organization in the Southeastern United States.
ETO’s Vision is to contribute to the laying of a foundation for a green, vibrant, low carbon future full of possibilities and opportunities for tomorrow’s children throughout Florida. It is ETO’s Mission to make this contribution by promoting Electrathon Racing and Solar and other Alternative Fuels Technologies involved in Junior Sprint Racing, endeavors full of technological entrepreneurial challenges and adventure.
ETO’s Management Operations are characterized by cooperativeness, inclusivity and streamlined flexible decision making. All of ETO’s Management Operations are fully transparent with periodic accountability reviews/mechanisms prescribed by our Corporate Bylaws. Given our present situation of imminent growth, there are a number of antecedent business needs and goals that must be met to insure that ETO’s Management Operations continue to be well managed as we pursue our growth plans.
ETO’s Competitive Technological Events and Educational Programs are unique when compared to other related programs such as Robotics Programs because of their accessibility to a wider student academic base and because of their ongoing cost advantages. Our Event Operations conform to the requirements of Electrathon America (EA) the national sanctioning body for Electrathon Racing while our Junior Sprint Division Operations conform to the guidelines of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). While our Competitive Racing Events, Electrathon Program and our Educational Projects have demonstrably spurred student academic interest and attainment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) there are needs for event equipment, project funding and logistics.
ETO’s (4) Year Operational Goals and Outreach stand at the doorway of a soaring future with an eagerly anticipated ETO Electrathon Program Certification in August 2011 by SkillsUSA, a federal nationwide technical educational organization. This certification, together with several developing and supportive relationships with professional technical groups such as the IEEE Tampa Bay RAS, the Florida Solar Energy Center and Gulf Power Engineering Society when coupled with the solid interest expressed by school systems across Florida and Georgia, puts ETO in a solid position to expand statewide into the six Florida SkillsUSA Regions and potentially across the Southeast and beyond.
ETO’ s (4) Year Projections and Financial Statement cover the next four school years and solidly undergirds our nascent and ambitious expansion plans. Our expansion plans are already coalescing. However while ETO has demonstrated its self be a dynamic and agile organization capable of responding quickly and adapting to change and while we are confident in our abilities to expand, we are presently resource constrained and thus offer a huge opportunities for meaningful and productive partnerships and sponsorships. One unknown in our financial projections is the potential for team funding access provided by our affiliation with SkillsUSA. ETO has no doubt that our SkillsUSA imprimatur will result in some alternate sources of funding for individual teams and perhaps ETO as well.