Instant Live 8: Solar Car Challenge out of money

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 11:15 AM

COPPELL - Dozens of North Texas high school students are getting ready for one of the biggest science and engineering competitions in North Texas.

There’s just one problem; the local non-profit hosting it is out of money.    

Tuesday morning, News 8 spoke with organizers of the Solar Car Challenge. They said in less than two years, the event has attracted so many students that they don't have enough money to pay for everything this year. And some sponsors have cut back donations that help to pay for materials to help teach students how to build their own racing car powered by solar energy.

"What we are doing is trying to support kids with hands-on education, trying to teach them ways to apply science and engineering and alternative energy for high school students,”" said Dr. Lehman Marks, organizer of the Solar Car Challenge and Foundation. “[We are] hoping that they are not only going to go into this in college, but then go on and actually assume a career in science and engineering."

"I like the application of the science and math,” said Jordan Crow, a recent graduate of Coppell High School and Solar Car team member “It's not just a textbook problem like you normally do in class. You get to see the results, and you get to have fun. Who else can say they've constructed a solar car?"
          
The Solar Car Challenge Foundation is accepting all donations, big or small.

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