Operation Monster Robot continues on new work bench surfaces thanks to Isaac, Logan, and Hollar. Ryan and Mackenzie in practice and troubleshoot mode.
Wilkes County Robot Competition will be held this Friday morning. West will compete against North High, East High and Wilkes Central. Davis nearly completes parade float plan and fabrication for this Saturday's Christmas Parade.
While everyone else is headed home to dress the turkey the EV Team works diligently like Santa's elves preparing for a monster robot shootout within all 4 Wilkes county high schools upon our return. 3D printed monster truck wheels along with some custom lift kits will hopefully improve terrain navigation. Tyler and Isaac work on AIMs SciViz racing software in the miata while Davis begins making Lightning McQueen graphics for parade disguise.
While Tyler, Mackenzie, Kendra, Marcelo, and Ryan work diligently to prep robot warriors for in county competition, the Ritenour's squared repair a miata speedometer, plan for the parade theme and 2017 marketing campaign. Definitely shop salad.
In 2005 WWHS EV Team learned from the 48 race team that teamwork, consistency, and determination paves the road to success. Tonight was an exciting finish for the 48 team. 11 years ago Lowe's and the 48 team helped us motivate a successful EV racing team and create a marketing campaign that has spanned 11 years. Lowe's and the 48 team demonstrated to us hard work and determination. WWHS EV Team will forever be grateful for their support and are so proud of the Lowe's 48 team's accomplishments.
Mackenzie installs new battery pack in school's golf cart. Learning the ins and outs of old school lead batteries is very heavy and dirty compared to our lithium powered vehicles.
I am extremely thankful for this wonderful opportunity. I cannot wait to start and follow in my big brother Isaac's footsteps. Davis' first presentation opportunity goes off without a hitch.
NEAT Rally: West Wilkes EV Team Wins dry and wet pavement autocross, and sustainable transportation quiz bowl!
The team worked very hard heading into this EVent. Kendra and Mackenzie nailed the adjustable seat design which performed perfectly. The entire team improved their track times throughout the EVent and reduced the number of cone deaths. Tyler was able to learn how to manage the AIMS race visualization technology. Marcelo was able to get his feet wet in every aspect of the competition. Harley overcame his fear of killing cones on the track and Isaac was able to squeak by Tolbert's time on the dry autocross track (just before dark). Tolbert was able to demonstrate emergency skid maneuvers. The EVent started a new competition category in safety by creating an emergency egress competition where everyone could participate and practice at their home school.
EVeryone made new friends from the other schools. Information and equipment was shared by all. As always the EVent was the most enjoyable of the year and plans for improvements for next year are under way. A big ole THANK YOU goes out to all our sponsors, volunteers, and fans for making this experience happen at West Wilkes High School. Additionally this could not have happened if it were not for the Operations Manager of the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research Mr. Sam True. The NCCAR arena is by far the safest and most challenging course we could attend and all teams are so thankful for the opportunity. Last but not least we are Thankful for Mr. Harold Miller (the Grandfather of EVents) for volunteering his time and support for Sunday lunch. Without this level of support from everyone this EVent would not exist.
Blessings to All!
On Saturday morning, the EV Team placed 1st in the Endurance event. The Endurance event focuses on how long a battery will last in a car given it was solar-charged for an hour and a half. This race was not for lap-counts, however it would have been that way had another car lasted the 45-minute time period. The other schools were out of the competition at around the 33-minute mark, which left our driver, Isaac, to win the competition for us. This was shortly followed by cheers and victory laps!
EV Saturday before the STEP Challenge and NEAT Rally: Practice, Fabrication, Crawling in Tight Spaces and Dirt Track RC Racing...
Technology Engineering and Design Class Officially Race Legends today. Mr. Tolbert is robbed of win in water slick.
New NC State Wolfpack STEP Challenge battery pack take solar charge in stride...easily accepting 3600mah of charge.
EV team needs a free oven (stove top doesn't need to work). We are making vacuum formed rc car bodies and need the oven in the shop to warm the plastic before we form it. If you know of one that could be donated to a good cause let us know...firstname.lastname@example.org