WDT Sponsors Dell-Winston School Solar-Powered Car Competition
by admin, on Jul 13, 2009 9:40:28 AM
High School Race Teams Use iMap® Weather Interactive Map to Track Weather Changes
Norman, OK - July 13, 2009-Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., a world leader in weather and geo-mapping services, is providing support to high school students building and racing their own road-worthy solar cars at the Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge, 2009. This unique four-day event takes place this week at the Texas Motor Speedway north of Fort Worth, Texas.
The 14th Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge is a closed-track event that provides high school students a hands-on project-based learning experience. Attendees, race teams and race followers will be able to track weather conditions on a special Google-Maps based iMap interactive radar map at http://www.winstonsolar.org/challenge/weather2009.shtml. Additionally, real-time streaming video of the race will be available within the interactive iMap.
Recognized by Technology Learning as one of the top ten education programs in the country, the Solar Challenge's goal is to motivate students in science, engineering, and technology. The program teaches the importance of developing alternative sources of energy, and helps focus community attention on our environmental responsibility.
Car breakdowns, weather, and team experience limit the number of laps a team can drive each day. The team driving the most laps accumulated over the four days of racing is declared the winner. The purpose of the Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge is to provide a level playing-field for high school solar car teams.
The Dell-Winston School Solar Car Challenge is the product of the Winston Solar Education Program. The Winston Solar Science Academy provides an international education program designed to teach high school students how to build roadworthy solar cars.
About the Winston Solar Education Program
The Winston Solar Education Program works to meet this objective by providing curriculum materials, on-site visits, and workshop opportunities for high schools across the country. This effort was designed to motivate students in the sciences, and to stress the value of science, engineering, and alternative energy. The Winston Solar Challenge now hosts annuwdal events based on the support of the world famous Texas Motor Speedway. Even-numbered year events are closed track races at the Speedway; odd-numbered year events will continue to be cross-country races. For more information about the Winston Solar Challenge: www.winstonsolar.org/challenge.