SOLAR GO-KART COMPETITION WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS • • • • Tech Parks Arizona Teachers Musselman Honda Circuit Mentors (11800 S. Harrison Road, Tucson, AZ 85747) We are here to help you with the competition. If you have questions, Brenda Hough (520-382-2453) is the primary contact throughout the year. If you are not getting the help you need, Molly Gilbert is the second point of contact (520-6214088). If you are still having issues, Bruce Wright is the CEO of the UA Tech Park and he is the final point of contact. Kathy Williams is the office manager and can help you get into contact with Brenda, Molly or Bruce if necessary (520-621-4088). WELCOME SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS ! 2015-2016 TUCSON – Steve Brachamonte and Alex Silva(Tucson Magnet), Mark Calhoun and Ann Marie Condes(Palo Verde), John & Cameron Carver (Sabino), Dennis Conner (Gregory), Kenny Harrelson (Andrada), Erin Murphy (SACA), Jim Nelson (Andrada), Robert Prater (SACA), Enrique Santa Cruz (Sahuarita), Jeremy Tarbet and John Lee (Canyon Del Oro) PHOENIX – DJ Garry (Tolleson), John Hankinson (McClintock), Larry Huff (Corona Del Sol), Debbie Kovesdy (Shadow Mountain), Melissa Wendell (Mountain Pointe), Kurt Woods and Eric Bennett (Dysart and Shadow Ridge), Dan Zavaleta (Desert Vista) SIERRA VISTA – Jeff Ofstedahl (Center for Academic Success) Racing the Sun is organized by Tech Parks Arizona Please review the website periodically to see if we have posted new relevant information that might help you. The website contains registration documents, competition guidelines, videos, Q&A’s, mentor contact data, etc…It will be updated in the first part of September and then throughout the year. www.techparks.arizona.edu www.racingthesun.net RACING THE SUN Statewide STEM Competition now in its 5th year. High school students design, build, test and compete with solar-powered go-karts. Workshops, Career Day, and Verbal Presentations are also part of the competition. CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS 2014-2015 GRAND CHAMPIONS – Desert Vista Team 5 SPEED STD KART - Sabino Team 2 SPEED MODIFIED KART – Desert Vista Team 5 ENDURANCE STD KART – Canyon Del Oro ENDURANCE MODIFIED KART – Desert Vista Team 5 & 7 (Tie) BEST TEAM SPIRIT – Mountain Pointe BEST VERBAL PRESENTATION – Desert Vista Team 7 COMPETITION GUIDELINES The primary goals of the competition guidelines are safety, fairness, clarity of rules, impartiality, educational outcomes, and good sportsmanship Please be sure you have the newest guidelines which will be emailed or posted to the website on or before September 1st. They will be marked 2015-2016. Teachers must read the guidelines and share them with the students. If updates to the guidelines are made during the year, these updates will be emailed to you. 2015-2016 GO KARTS 1“STANDARD” CLASS New Design by CAID Cost Savings (tentative) Lighter frame (tentative) Best for new teams and teams that don’t want to build from the ground up. For teams considering this option, we anticipate having costs, an illustration of the kart and potentially a prototype by 9/26 for the workshops. We anticipate the kart being ready to deliver or pick up by November 1. 2“MODIFIED” CLASS Former Standard Chassis, pre-built Specs: Steel Metal Frame Modifications permitted; per guidelines Dimensions: must meet guidelines 3“MAKER” CLASS Teams build from scratch Specs: Material of choice (no PVC) Customized within guidelines Dimensions: must meet guidelines Best for advanced teams New teams are highly encouraged to use the Standard Chassis. Batteries for the “Modified Class” will be rated as 6amp hours due to the heavier weight of this kart. COST NEW TEAM ESTIMATED COSTS: Registration Fee Chassis Motor, Controller, Throttle Kit Solar Panel (Donated) MPPT charge controller Batteries Track Fee & Field Trips Misc. expenses (fuses, etc) $200 $1,300 (TBD) $155 No charge $80 $65 $250 (TBD) $200 TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $2,250 Costs will vary depending on whether you are a new or returning team and whether you have a chassis or need to purchase a chassis. We will be sending an ORDER FORM to each team so you can indicate exactly which parts you need and how many of each part you need; as some teams will build more than one kart. IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS: 1) Team Application Due 9/1 The team application indicates your commitment to participate and must have your principals signature indicating your schools knowledge and support of your involvement in the competition. 2) Team Roster Due 9/15 The team roster is the list of students and volunteers participating on your team along with contact information. When recruiting students please consider trying to involve girls and minorities as these groups are typically under represented in STEM and we would like to encourage more girls and minorities to get involved in this program. Please send updated team rosters if you add students throughout the year. 3) Waivers, Checklist & Fee Due 9/26 (at workshops) All participants including teachers and volunteers must sign waivers. There is a Tech Park Waiver (3 pages), a Musselman Honda Waiver (2 pages for minors, and 1 page for adults), and a Photo release. All waivers must be submitted at the workshops on 9/26 or sooner. Please do not fax the waivers, scanning and emailing is best. Please submit your $200 registration fee on or before 9/26. If you add students after your initial submittal, send in waivers for those students. Mark your calendar now IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS WORKSHOPS – Saturday September 26, 2015 (3/4 day) 1) Mark your calendar and RSVP 2 weeks in advance 2) Indicate the number of students attending (overall) 3) Indicate number of students attending each individual workshop so we can assure adequate seating. Participation points will be awarded for attendance at all events. IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS PROJECT PLAN - Draft due 10/16 Final due 12/15 The project plan teaches students to plan out incremental steps to complete the challenges of this competition. The project plan should list the materials needed, the fundraising that will be completed, and the steps necessary to build and test the karts in order to be ready for Test Day and Race Day. The project plan should assign roles and deadlines to each student. There will be roles in planning, electrical design, mechanical or structural design, building, testing, and competing with the kart, etc… ELECTRIAL SCHEMATICS – Draft due 11/6 Final Due 12/4 The electrical schematic teaches students to plan the electrical system and graphically depict the system prior to actually putting parts together. It allows the mentors and organizers to see that the system is safe, and will function properly. MECHANICAL DRAWINGS – Draft due 11/6 Final Due 12/4 The mechanical drawing teaches students to think through the structural design of the go-kart and graphically depict their design. It allows the mentors and organizers to see that the design is structurally sound, safe, and in compliance with the guidelines. We will provide workshops to guide the students in preparing the above documents and we will describe in more detail what the expectations are for these submittals. Tes Mark your calendar IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS PROGRESS CHECKS: Tucson – Wednesday January 20th Phoenix – Friday January 22nd The primary goal of the site visit or progress check is to ensure teams are adequately preparing for the competition. Students will be encouraged to interact with industry professionals or graduate students who will act as mentors. Students must show their kart and describe the status of their project. They will be expected to share individual roles within the team and discuss their challenges, ask questions, and describe what they have learned. Teacher are encouraged to share feedback with the organizers and mentors. Objectives that were outlined in the workshops will be reviewed as necessary. Don’t forget to RSVP 2 weeks in advance IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS CAREER DAY – Wednesday February 24, 2016 Don’t forget to RSVP This is an opportunity for students to visit STEM related organizations such as Raytheon, IBM, Global Solar, TEP or the University of Arizona for example. Students will be encouraged to think about how STEM education and careers might fit into their future. Teachers must RSVP for this event 2 weeks in advance and indicate the number and names of students who will attend each tour. Some organizations require students to be US Citizens and some will do background checks. Tours will fill up on a first come first served basis. Lunch will be provided. IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS TEST DAY – Saturday March 19, 2016 All waivers due no later than March 1 Test Day will serve as a “dress rehearsal” for Race Day. Students will go through a series of safety and compliance checks with judges or mentors. The karts will be weighed, brakes will be tested and safety issues will be addressed. Driver’s must have their safety gear including full coverage helmets. A driving workshop will be mandatory for all driver’s. Test Day allows the students to see the track, run their kart on the track and see the other karts in the competition. The kart is expected to be fully functional on Test Day. In addition, Test Day will serve as a “pre-qualifying” for line up on Race Day. Karts that function on Test Day may line up in preferred spots on Race Day. Karts that do not function properly on Test Day may line up in less preferable spots on Race Day. Students who are added to the team over the course of the year must submit waivers as they join the team. Anyone that has not submitted a waiver by March 1 will not be allowed to participate in Test Day or Race Day. In addition, chaperones or additional adults participating with the team must submit waivers no later than March 1 in order to be on the track or near the kart on Test Day and Race Day. IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS VERBAL PRESENTATIONS Tucson – Tuesday April 12 Phoenix – Thursday April 14 Sign up for verbal presentations will be on a first come first served basis. Teams are expected to attend all presentations within their city so they can benefit from hearing other discuss their challenges and learning experiences. Industry professionals will judge the presentations with the goal of getting industry interested in the competition and the students. RSVP no later than 2 weeks in advance for all events IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS RACE DAY – Saturday April 30, 2015 See next page for details Back up date in case of inclement weather May 7, 2016 IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS RACE DAY – Saturday April 30, 2015 Race Day will include a trouble shooting challenge which will be described on Test Day or before. Race Day may include a College Level Solar Car Exhibition. Family, friends, sponsors and others will be invited to attend Race Day. Teacher’s may not be permitted hand’s on access to the karts on Race day nor will they provide advice during the troubleshooting challenge. Teacher’s may offer advice to their students throughout Race Day (with the exception of the trouble shooting challenge). It will be expected that the students will do all hand’s on work to their kart. Karts should be fully functional on Race Day and additional work should not be necessary. Trophies, medals and ribbons will be awarded for Grand Champion, Speed and Endurance winners, Best Presentation winners and Best Team Spirit winners. In case of an inclement weather forecast, Race Day could be postponed to the following Saturday, May 7, 2016, with 24 hours notice provided to teams. Join us for the Competition!