My name is Isaac, I ‘m the West Wilkes High School Electric Vehicle Team captain. It is with great honor that I got to compete with my EV family this one last time at NCCAR Test facility in Garysburg, NC. I learned things about us as a team. Specifically when your only competition breaks down, the show stops, they need help to continue in the event, you don't stand by and leave them guessing. You jump in where you can and help get them back in the competition as Chris Owens and I did when Topsail High Schools Miata broke down. I also learned time flies by, I never would have thought the past 4 years would have gone by so fast. I truly am grateful for all of the valuable lessons that I have learned along the way, along with all of the great people I have met. With this being said I would like to thank all of the sponsors and a special thank you to Mr. Sam
Ev challenge was fun and it was a great first impression for me. This was my first challenge of Ev and it was scary at first because I did not know what to expect, but in the end was fun. It really was a shame to leave and it was really a great experience, because we had to help one of the other teams in your car and help, so the experience was learning a great race and sportsmanship. I would love to come back.
My experience at the Google Gravity Games was interesting. I got to carry gravity cars back and forth to the track and back to the pit several times. Near the end of the event there was a competition to see who could get the local store owners to stamp a piece of paper. It took an hour to get all the papers stamped, if you got all the stamps required then you could enter for a chance to win a Chromebook.
Even though I only attended the EV Challenge on April 14, I still learned many valuable lessons. I learned the importance of there being no “I” in “team”. Everyone on the team has a specific job and without them, the team would be nothing. I can’t wait to attend the EV Challenge again in the upcoming year!
Google Gravity Games:
I didn’t expect me to be driving one of the cars down the hill, but that’s how things fell. I never thought I would have fun going down the hill; I had a feeling it would be terrifying. I love roller coasters and that’s exactly what it felt like. After seeing other vehicles in the competition, my knowledge about engineering and designing expanded. I would like to maybe design and build a car for the engineering part of the competition in the upcoming year. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for next year!
Having the opportunity to be a part of a milestone that was accomplished through years of hard work and dedication is something that I do not take lightly. So when Mr. Tolbert asked me to join him in traveling to Boone to present our electric Mazda Miata to Appalachian State students I was eager to attend. While I followed the Miata in my personal car up the incline of the mountain I cannot say that I wasn’t the slightest bit worried. Although with every mile we traveled, my worry slowly vanished, until we finally reached the meeting with power to spare. As we pulled in, a feeling of excitement and proudness overcame me, as well as Mr. Tolbert. Presenting the electric car to the students was a wonderful experience that I will never forget and I feel that with every presentation I become a better public speaker.
- Caleb Vickers
As captain of the West Wilkes High School Electric Vehicle Team I can honestly say that attending the Energy Though Summit in Raleigh was an eye opening experience. The event was everything that I was hoping it would be, in that it reinforced my support of the alternative energy field. While I know that the field has begun to expand in recent years, I did not know that it was growing at such an exponential rate. Hearing about all of the countless companies that are putting time and money into clean technology gives me hope that there will one day be a place for me in a similar career. The most interesting part of the event was the fact that it not only reinforced my knowledge, but brought to my attention the fact that the clean energy field is so much larger than just clean energy. It is a field that will one day have to include countless other systems; such as big data, smart cities, a large workforce, and many other facets in order to operate efficiently. Getting to witness all of these plans, ideas, and leaders in the field first hand was a life altering experience that I will never forget.
- Caleb Vickers
"I was greatly impacted by my experience with the EV team, even though I did not go to any competitions with the team I learned many valuable things by helping prepare for all of the competitions. I learned a few new fabrication techniques which I enjoyed greatly. I also learned a great deal about the batteries and power systems" --Michael
"The EV Challenge this year was exciting, fun, and taught me a lot as well. While studying for the jeopardy, quiz, and the circuit board was difficult, it taught me even more about circuitry, Electric Vehicles, and alternative energy. Getting to race the car and truck was amazing and I can tell that my driving skills have increased as well since the last competition. The preparation and work that goes into preparing for the challenge may be stressful but it is fun and well worth it. I am extremely excited to attend next years EV challenge and will do what I can to be even more prepared and do better next time." -Caleb