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Madison HS competes in Solar Car Challenge

Madison HS competes in Solar Car Challenge

Madison High School students built and competed in a solar car competition.

Students at Madison High School participated in the national Solar Car Challenge on July 18th, where they finished 7th place in the classic division.  The team got to do practice laps around the Texas Motor Speedway, and the actual race went from Fort Worth to Austin.  In all, Madison students covered a total of 246.5 miles on the track and road.

Joe Dungan, an advanced placement (AP) chemistry teacher at Madison, was in charge of developing the solar car.  He taught his students more than just the fundamentals of solar energy, highlighting the importance of conserving as much of the car’s battery as possible.  Dungan says that his kids learned not only physics and engineering skills but also problem solving.

Despite the hard work, challenges still arose.  The team had to maintain a positive attitude to deal with these problems, which varied from faulty solar panels to snapped chains.  By being optimistic, students were able to resolve the issues.

This is the 2nd year the team has participated in the Solar Car Challenge, however students at Madison have been building solar cars for 4 years now.  One thing is for certain about these kids.  In addition to their ranking at the Solar Car Challenge, the skills and team-building they have learned will serve as a valuable asset for any career-path they choose to enter down the road.


Read more about these Madison students
• Go to the Madison Solar Car Website
• Read more about the Solar Car Challenge
• Learn more about Madison’s Solar Car 


Photo Courtesy: San Antonio Express News