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
"The things that I learned at the 2014 STEP Challenge was more than I anticipated! Working on both the electric cars and RC cars was more preferred by me. The main reason is because I had many opportunities to work with my hands." --Justus
"I had an amazing time traveling to NC State to compete in the STEP Challenge. Building, prepping, and racing the cars taught me a lot but was extremely fun at the same time. The small scale electric cars made it much easier to understand electric vehicles on a larger scale. Not only was the event itself exciting, but the people I met and spoke to was as well. The professors and recent college graduates at the event told me a lot about NC State and gave me their own opinions on certain degrees and fields of study. I am already looking forward to next year's event and can not wait to attend it again." --Caleb
"During the STEP event I had a lot of fun, and I got to meet new people and make new friends. I also got to learn how to better use a solar charging station, and better increase my knowledge on RC cars. I also learned how to maintain and repair them RC cars. One of my favorite parts was when I got to compete in the endurance event; as I was driving I learned how to drive RC cars better. While at the event I also got to interact with other groups and had the opportunity to learn from them. One thing I learned more about a lot while I was there was solar charging stations. But all in all just being able to go and take place in this event was amazing, and I can’t wait till next year. I will know how to be a better driver and know what to expect from the competitors." --Jeffrey
My Experience at the NEAT Rally was a exciting experience, This was my first ever time going to an EV competition and it was great. I learned about the competitors EV’s and how to compete in pit crew and how to interact with the other competitors. The challenging part for me being a sophomore without knowing much about cars was probably the pit crew. I plan to improve my skills in pit crew by practicing with my team with a practice schedule for the people who are going to be in pit crew
My name is Ashley and I am on the EV Team at my school. I am also the teams leader, this is my third year on the team. This past weekend our school went to the NEAT Rally near Virginia. This is my third time going on this trip and it was as amazing as it is each year. I love doing this event; it is so much more relaxed than the EV Challenge. At this event I was the Miatas driver. I drove in the autocross, range, and acceleration. I also did jeopardy, troubleshooting, and pit crew. I had a lot of fun, and every year I get to meet a lot of incredible people. At these events, it’s not like a football game where you don’t like your opponents, the other teams talk to each other, we have lunch and dinner together. It’s all in good spirit, and that’s one thing I love about this. I love getting to know new people. I can’t wait for the next event in April.