We held our STEM Electrathon Event at Florida Solar Energy Center (UCF Campus) on Saturday, April 22nd in conjunction with Energy Whiz.
We thank Florida Solar Energy Center for inviting us to participate in the 2023 Energy Whiz. We thank Logan for volunteering all day to help us with flagging teams on parts of our track.
We thank the Eastern Florida State College for the use of their parking lot.
We thank Florida Power and Light, Jason Gaschel and his team for coming to our event. They brought their mobile unit and spent the entire day with us. The FPL team learned more about our Electrathon teams and organization. Electrathon of Tampa Bay/Florida will be there to assist them in their future plans to support students in the State of Florida. We welcome a new team from Florida Atlantic University High School. Allan Phipps and his team brought their car out for its debut. Even though they met challenges with the new car, they did not give up and showed all of us how strong of a team they are. We were honored to have them at our race and hope they come all the time. The pit area was busy before the races as teams made final adjustments to their cars.The teams met with our Race Steward for instructions, flag identification and safety protocols.
The track opened for 30 minutes so that drivers could run practice laps.
We missed our high school, open and advanced class teams that were not able to attend.
The teams lined up for the first race The green flag dropped and off they went.
During the first race Plant City car 208 had controller issues, FAU car 24 had controller and body issues and Pro EV car 39 had chain and rear wheel weld issues ending their race day.
When the checkered flag dropped, ending the first race, the results were:
High School Class
1st Place Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation car 555 with 67 laps
2nd Place Plant City car 83 with 59 laps
3rd Place Middleton car 133 with 57 laps
4th Place Middleton car 80 with 56 laps
5th Place Mulberry car 38 with 49 laps
6th Place Mulberry car 100 with 45 laps
7th Place Florida Atlantic University High School with 17 laps
8th Place Plant City car 208 with 11 laps
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 69 laps
2nd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 17 laps
1st Place Pro EV car39 with 30 laps
Between races teams checked out the solar cooking, junior Solar sprint and food trucks.
We changed the course as one area had issues causing driver pain and car damage. Teams lined up for the second race, the green flag dropped and the race went well. We had a few transponder issues but other than that a great race. When the checkered flag dropped it was
High School Class
Kirkland Ranch car 555 with 80 laps
2nd Place Plant City car 83 with 78 laps
3rd Place Middleton car 80 with 67 laps
4th Place Middleton car 133 with 62 laps
5th Place Mulberry car 38 with 60 laps
6th Place Florida Atlantic car 24 with 36
7th Place Mulberry car 100 with 34 laps
Plant City car 208 was not able to run
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 83 laps
2nd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 80 laps
Pro EV car 39 was not able to run
To find our overall race results for the day we add the two race lap totals. Final results for the race day:
1st Place Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation car 555 with 149 laps
2nd Place Plant City car 83 with 137 3rd Place Middleton car 80 with 123 4th Place Middleton car 133 with 119 laps 5th Place Mulberry car 38 with 109 laps 6th Place Mulberry car 100 with 76 laps 7th Place Florida Atlantic University High School car 24 with 53 laps 8th Place Plant City car 208 with 11 laps Open Class
1st Place Tiger Racing car 4 with 152 laps 2nd Place Silver Bullet car 94 with 97 laps Advanced Class
1st Place Pro EV car 39 with 30 laps
Our next race will be held at Mulberry High School on May 6th followed by our end of year banquet at American Legion Post 4. We thank our Race Steward Mike Frederick for getting his Post for our banquet.