In designing a car, creativity is the rope that ties all the different parts together. It’s responsible for the design, look, and feel of the car. When the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asks you to expand upon those features to make a car more environmentally friendly, those creative components have to be taken a step further.
The forecast calls for sunny weather this week in Austin, Texas, which is good news for 11 Georgia Tech students whose solar-powered car – the Endeavour – makes its racing debut there this Thursday at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.
The annual competition pits student-built cars from 12 North American universities against one another to test their handling of curves, braking and acceleration, all powered by the sun. The winner is determined by the total number of laps completed during three days of racing.
The Georgia Tech Athletic Association is installing photocells and solar breakers to decrease the amount of energy used by Bobby Dodd stadium's lights during the day. The Technique reports how the work of students made this switch possible.
Georgia Tech students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Earth Day Planning Committee. Members are expected to attend weekly meetings during the spring semester (on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and actively participate in the planning of the 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration and Think Green Week events, which will be held from April 16 to 20.