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Solar Car Race Is Final Exam for Teens in PCC Summer Program

July 1, 2013

TRiO Upward Bound students from three area high schools learn about alternative energy

Tucson, AZ – High school students in summer programs based at two Pima Community College campuses will put new lessons on alternative energy and physics to the test in solar car races Tuesday morning.

The approximately 60 Sunnyside, Desert View and Marana high school students competing are participating in summer programs through TRiO Upward Bound programs based at Pima’s Desert Vista and Northwest campuses. They will compete in teams of two or three, with approximately 25 solar-powered cars.

“This will be the last event of our summer enrichment program before we go on our end of summer college tour July 9,” said Daniel Pacheco, TRiO Upward Bound Program Manager at PCC’s Desert Vista Campus.

The students have been studying alternative energy forms in their physics classes all summer, said Vanessa Richard, TRiO Upward Bound Program Manager at PCC’s Northwest Campus. Students also did projects on wind and hydrogen power. This will be their final lab.

Desert Vista Upward Bound students had solar car races in 2008, but Pacheco says this is the first time students from the two campus programs have competed.

The one-day event will consist of three qualifying races and end with a championship race. Only two cars will advance from each qualifying race.

  • What: TRiO Upward Bound Summer Program Solar Car Races
  • When: Tuesday, July 2; 9-10:15 a.m., qualifying races; 10:30-11 a.m., finals
  • Where: PCC Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • Details: 206-5145

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850