Students at Chambers County Career Technical Center are busy putting the finishing touches on their Electric Car, which will compete in the Electrathon Marathon Competition at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds on Monday, April 7. The Electrathon is a type of electric marathon. The winner is determined by driving an electric powered vehicle as far as possible in one hour, on a closed loop course using limited battery power.
Kits for the electric cars were provided through a $3,000 grant from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council. State Senator Gerald Dial and State Representative DuWayne Bridges were very instrumental in making these funds available.
Career Tech instructors Seth Stehouwer, Daniel Smith and Peter Cutler have been very busy over the last several months working with the students in putting the car kits together and explaining the rules of the marathon race. The vehicles are single person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high efficiency vehicles with three or four pneumatic tires. They must meet specific design and safety rules. They are powered by standard non-leaking lead acid battery packs not exceeding 73 pounds.
Career Technical Center Director Ken Sealy commented that projects such as these provide students with real world challenges with the opportunity to work in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in an integrated environment across the campus. “This is exactly the direction we want to be headed with our future STEM Academy here in Chambers County,” Sealy said. “We cannot adequately express our gratitude for this grant. We couldn’t have done this project without it.”
Coosa Valley RC&D is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization composed of eleven counties in east Alabama. There are nine councils in Alabama. Chris Langley, Joe Blanks and Bill Thomas are the Chambers County council members.