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USA: Central charges to third in electric car event

A team from Forsyth Central High School fared well at the Run for the Peaches Electrathon America race.

The students returned from Quitman with a third place trophy for the electric car race, which teacher David Johnson called “quite an experience for this rookie team.”

It was the school’s first venture into electric car racing and “not understanding the finer nuances of battery management during the first race cost us dearly,” Johnson said.

The team ran out of battery power before the end of the first race, only completing 53 laps. The students learned from the mistake, however, recovering in the second race to finish 60 laps, just one shy of the winning team from Grayson High School.

Electrathon America sponsors dozens of electric car races throughout the country in what the company calls “an exciting new environmentally progressive sport.”

The concept is simple, race a battery-powered car as many laps as possible before exhausting its power.

Johnson said the race is something he’s wanted to do since it began three years ago. “The program teaches the students many real-world skills … all in a highly engaging, hands-on environment.”

In addition to electrical, mechanical and programming applications, Johnson noted that the race also helps hone problem solving, critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as how to work effectively as a team.


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