THE KINGS BRIDGE Middle School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School Electric Vehicle (EV) teams were welcomed onto the track at Gresham Motorsports Park as part of the opening ceremony May 12 for the Racing Radios 100 - Super Late Models racing event.
Electric vehicle programs are designed to build skills in mathematics, auto mechanics, physics and engineering for students who participate. The classroom instructor serves as a facilitator helping the students gain practical knowledge by putting what they learn in the classroom to work by building an electric vehicle that they can actually drive themselves.
Students in the EV Program work as a team. Each team works on their electric vehicle throughout the school year studying theory and design, and finally building a vehicle.
Thanks to the efforts of Dan Elliott and the staff at Gresham Motorsport Park both teams were provided a platform to showcase their efforts, said Rachael Parr, team advisor.
Each year, EV teams participate in a rally in which they exhibit expertise in six different areas. Those areas include a quiz bowl of electric vehicle knowledge, an oral presentation of electric vehicles in the marketplace, a troubleshooting exercise demonstrating knowledge of the inner workings of the electric vehicle, a straight-line acceleration race to determine the fastest car, an obstacle course to test the best drivers and an endurance event to see which vehicle can last the longest on battery power.
“Both teams would like to express gratitude to Dan Elliott for the commitment he has shown in supporting the Electric Vehicle Programs in Jackson County,” Parr said.
The teams are currently looking for additional sponsors. If interested, contact Parr at 706-202-5901.