STEM ECHS students participate in third annual ACE Race

STEM ECHS students participate in third annual ACE Race
Posted on 05/24/2019

STEM Early College High School students became true engineers as they designed and constructed two electric cars for the third annual Alamo City Electrathon (ACE) Race at Traders Village on May 23.

The students’ excitement and energy was palpable as they prepared for the race.

“I’m really nervous and excited,” junior Penelope Pongpiachan said before the race. “I’ll be driving this year, so it’s even more exciting.”

The number of participants more than doubled in size since the inaugural ACE Race in 2017. STEM ECHS competed against Boerne ISD, East Central ISD, Edgewood ISD, Floresville ISD, Lytle ISD, Northside ISD, Palo Alto College, St. Phillips College, Somerset ISD, South San ISD, Southside ISD and Southwest ISD.

The students worked together to build two single-passenger electric cars using 73 pounds of lead acid batteries, and the vehicles competed in two heats. The 60-minute heats were held on a closed course to wee who can run the most laps using only 1,000 Watt-hours of electricity. Before students hit the track, each vehicle underwent a series of inspections to ensure the safety of the cars.

Sophomore Cassandra Teneyuca admitted that although the competition was nerve-wracking, she enjoyed every moment.

“We all got very competitive and worked really hard,” Cassandra said. “Even though we went through some struggles, it was fun learning and seeing everybody’s creative side come out during the competition. We are all different people, and we all have different ideas. So, seeing them come together was pretty cool.”

The race was sponsored by the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas and CPS Energy to raise awareness and support STEM education programs and workforce development.

Way to go, Rattlers!

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