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Published on Jul 19, 2010
Today the The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering hosted The Hunt-Winston School Solar Car Challenge. In 1976 Texas Tech had the largest single solar power project in the world, designed to reduce energy costs by converting solar power to electricity. With a recent $7.5 million gift from the J.F Maddox Foundation to create the Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Solar Energy, Texas Tech is on its way to becoming the nation's leader in solar energy solutions.
The challenge is a cross-country solar car race for high school students, featuring 18 solar cars and their teams, which will stop in Lubbock as they race from Dallas to Boulder, Colo.The Hunt-Winston School Solar Car Challenge was established to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The challenge, a part of The Winston School Solar Science Academy, teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.