Photo: Members of the Shine Runners solar car team gather around the “Bahama Blue” in the Fremont Walmart parking lot for a public showing (and education). The second team making the trip is the Liberty Christian Solar Car Team, and their car is called the “Solis Bellator” (Warrior of the Sun). Credit: John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune
Part of a national STEM initiative (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the Solar Car Challenge seeds young minds through education and hands on experience as they embark on a year-long quest to design and build working, road-worthy solar cars capable of traversing the long cross-country trip . . . [The] Fremont Tribune will have a short update in Tuesday’s edition to inform how both teams finished the race. Read the entire storyhere.
The Solar Car Challenge represents a year-long educational program that promotes STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives by inspiring high school-age students to design, build and evaluate a solar car from the ground up. The challenge culminates in a 1,000 mile test run for the participating teams that takes them on a race from Fort Worth to Minneapolis with various overnight stops along the way. One of those stops will be in Fremont at the Walmart Supercenter where the cars will be displayed this evening between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Team members will also be present to answer questions about their cars and the Solar Car Challenge. Read more.
Photo: Courtesy of Alex Winston, 2016 Solar Car Challenge participant
Abundant energy permeates the very air inhaled on each breath you take. Next week a group of young minds demonstrates that reality…. After an almost 700 mile trek from Fort Worth, Texas, a convoy to the future rolls up Highway 77 Thursday, July 21, and stops off for some community interaction and an overnight interlude in the parking lot outside Walmart Supercenter before rousing early Friday morning to continue north. Destination: Minneapolis, Minn. Continue reading.
Photo: Solar cars built for the 2015 Solar Car Challenge. The cars were designed and built by young minds solving real world issues. On July 21st between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m., the 2016 Solar Car Challenge participants will roll into Fremont with several built-from-scratch solar car prototypes. Participants will display their vehicles in the Walmart parking lot that evening and encourage Fremont residents to come and visit.
In its continued efforts to diversify the sources of energy used to power the city of Fremont, General Manager of the Department of Utilities Brian Newton and Lon D. Wright Power [Plant] Superintendent Jeff Shanahan have turned to the wind … so to speak. The Fremont Board of Public Works plans to begin pushing “requests for proposals” for the acquisition of wind energy that could supply the city between 30 to 40 megawatts of energy . . . “It would be leading edge in Nebraska,” Newton said of retaining that amount of wind energy. “(Such a) change would put us in the category of Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.” Click to read more. Photo: Flatwater Wind Farm Near Humboldt
Credit: Lincoln Journal Star