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SunChase Solar Challenge


SunChase 2018

Sat., April 7, 2018



Important Meetings for High School Teams

Wed. Jan. 24, 4:30-6:30PM

Help with the Go-Kart Construction Meeting at the Emergent Technologies Institute

The Agenda for this meeting is:
4:30-5:00PM – ETI tours (optional)
5:00-6:30PM – Introduction to go-kart construction with Dr. Lura, meet student liaisons, troubleshoot your individual go-kart questions
6:00-6:30PM – more ETI tours if needed
Wednesday, March 21, 2108, 4:30-6:30PM

Optional Pre-inspection meeting on FGCU Campus (exact location TBD)

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2017 SunChase High School Solar Go-Kart Challenge Results

SunChase 2017 Results

OVERALL WINNER - Bishop Verot High School Vikings


RELAY RACE (4 laps)

1. Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart Solar Hearts (18:25)

2. Bishop Verot H.S. Vikings (19:40)

3. Gulf Coast H.S. SunConnection (23:15)

4. Gulf Coast H.S. GEECS (23:26)

SPEED RACE (2 laps)

1. Bishop Verot Vikings (7:24)

2. Gulf Coast H.S. SunConnection (7:32)

3. Gulf Coast H.S. GEECS (7:39)

4. Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart Solar Hearts (8:25)

PRESENTATION (7 min. presentation on the modifications and technical elements of the go-kart)

1. Bishop Verot Vikings

2. Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart Solar Hearts

3. Gulf Coast High School SunConnection

Honorable Mention for Rookie Team: The Village School Radioactives


A full set of results will be posted within two weeks.


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Middle School RC Solar Car Challenge Results

Middle School RC Car Challenge Results

1. Nerdtastic - Oasis Middle School

2. SEI - Six Mile Charter Academy

3. STEM Eagles - Dunbar Middle School

4. E-STEMTeam 2 -Murdock Middle School

T5. Nerd Herd - Oasis Middle School

T5. Lightning Bolts - Three Oaks Middle School

T5. Blue Panthers - Pine Ridge Middle School

T6. Nerdlettes - Oasis MIddle School

T6. Enginerds - Oasis Middle School

T7. Full Steam 1 - Full STEAM Ahead

T7. Radioactive Ramblers - Alva School

8. Full Steam 2 - Full STEAM Ahead

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2017 Elementary School Solar Challenge Results

Elementary School Solar Challenge Results

1. Team Nitro - Heights Elementary School

2. TOENadoes - Three Oaks Elementary School

3. Team Cattitude - Heights Elementary School

4. The Nerds - Heights Elementary School

5. The Braniacs - The Alva School

Thank you to the rest of the participants:

Nerdalerts - The Alva School

The Amazing STEMCats - Six Mile Charter Academy

Buildbusters - Full STEAM Ahead

Crazy Crafters - Full STEAM Ahead

The Engineers - Heights Elementary School

Pawsome Panthers- Oasis Charter Elementary

Oasis STEMmers - Oasis Charter Elementary

Pelican Problem Solvers - Pelican Elementary

Solar Survivors - Sea Gate Elementary




Below are the Rules and Regulations. Information on the actual 2018 race will be posted in early 2018.

Information for High School Team Entries

Recommended parts for the Solar Go-Kart Challenge  


Registration for Middle and Elementary Events opens March 12, 2018 on the STEM TOUR Website.

Middle School Solar Challenge

The car this year is still a remote controlled solar car, but this year you can add super capacitors to get through the shade!

Updated 2018 instructions

Elementary School Solar Challenge

The car this year is the same as last year, get started!

Elementary Mini-solar car challenge 





Overall Champions - Who will be next?

2017 - Bishop Verot Vikings

2016 - Gulf Coast High School SunConnection

2015 - Bishop Verot Vikings

2014 - South Fort Myers High

2013 - Naples High School




Wondering how you can sponsor this event and get involved? Contact the Whitaker Center at (239)590-7444!