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Uploaded on May 26, 2010
Middle- and high-school students from around the region powered up and raced radio-controlled electric cars at North Carolina State University's first Sustainable Transportation Education Program (STEP), held outside the McKimmon Center on Saturday, May 22.
Co-hosted by the North Carolina Solar Center which is part of the universitys College of Engineering and College of Education, the STEP Program educates students about the electrification of transportation, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electrical vehicles, charging, battery technologies, smart grid, virtual and physical modeling, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and green careers. Six high schools and 10 middle schools participated in the competition, and students were judged on range, speed and design of their vehicles and on their solar charging stations.