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Upper School Students Construct Solar Powered Box Car in Engineering Class

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0524131205bFor the final project of their introduction to engineering class, juniors Philip Bauer, Chris Howington, Takeru Inui, Brant Miller and Lara Ohanesian have made a solar powered box car. The students spent two weeks constructing the car whose motors are independently controlled to run both forward and backwards; therefore letting the car swivel like a tank. The car will be able to run directly from the sun without a battery storage system. The students took the car for its first test drive in the Pasternack Field House last Friday, and spent today’s class time painting it.

According to Upper School Science teacher Steve Harless, “The latest technology has improved the efficiency of the solar panels. Within a two-foot by three-foot space about 60 watts of electrical power can be harnessed from the sun (12 Volts at five amps of current). This project can test the maximum output of the panels in a fun way by powering a student driven solar powered box car.”

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