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Last year the Pine Ridge Advanced Manufacturing Academy won a grant to be the first team in Florida to race in the Greenpower electric racing league. In our three-race rookie season we won our first race in Jasper, AL, were the fastest qualifier at Indy Motor Speedway, and took second in the season finale in Huntsville. Our success also brought a wealth of positive attention to our school, to STEM in Volusia county, and helped three of our feeder middle schools to get kits for electric cars which they are now building to race in the Greenpower Goblin league. We are acting as mentors to their programs, providing training for their teams, and hosting their first race. We now have several elementary schools interested in forming race teams, and are on track to create a cohesive STEM pipeline from K-12 while providing students of all ages once in a lifetime, hands on, competitive, learning experiences.
Our goal this year is to begin construction of a clean sheet design, electric race car for the top level Greenpower USA 24+ League. We would like a grant to purchase the motor and batteries required by Greenpower for this project. These are the only parts (excepting wheels and tires) we cannot make or modify in house, and are some of the few that we will need to buy outright.

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Greenpower to the PRAMA People

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School:
Pine Ridge High 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
James Maynard 
 
Pine Ridge Advanced Manufacturing Academy (PRAMA) Faculty 
Students Impacted:
200 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 29, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

WyoTech-Daytona - $1,000.00

 

Goal

Last year the Pine Ridge Advanced Manufacturing Academy won a grant to be the first team in Florida to race in the Greenpower electric racing league. In our three-race rookie season we won our first race in Jasper, AL, were the fastest qualifier at Indy Motor Speedway, and took second in the season finale in Huntsville. Our success also brought a wealth of positive attention to our school, to STEM in Volusia county, and helped three of our feeder middle schools to get kits for electric cars which they are now building to race in the Greenpower Goblin league. We are acting as mentors to their programs, providing training for their teams, and hosting their first race. We now have several elementary schools interested in forming race teams, and are on track to create a cohesive STEM pipeline from K-12 while providing students of all ages once in a lifetime, hands on, competitive, learning experiences.
Our goal this year is to begin construction of a clean sheet design, electric race car for the top level Greenpower USA 24+ League. We would like a grant to purchase the motor and batteries required by Greenpower for this project. These are the only parts (excepting wheels and tires) we cannot make or modify in house, and are some of the few that we will need to buy outright.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will design and build the body tub and drive-train for a Greenpower Formula 24+ race car. They will learn and implement design, engineering concepts, and production processes including Inventor and SolidEdge, and do all the required fabrication and machining. The wide variety of tasks involved makes differentiating the experience for levels and learning styles an integrated part of the process. This innate equity empowers the students to confidently tackle tasks that are easily mastered, as well as push themselves beyond their comfort zone. Having the end goal of racing in competition with other schools further strengthens these processes as students are motivated beyond a grade and become self-directed. 

 

Benefits to my students

The race team is far and away the most engaging project of the academy to date. This grant will allow us to expand the program to include more students, and to compete at a higher level. Students involved develop grit and determination, learn to fail well, use that experience to produce a better outcome, and hone critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The greatest benefit however, is creating a ladder of knowledge that is student based and student driven. This allows them to start as pupils and show mastery as they grow into roles as teachers of the younger members. 

 

Budget Narrative

The motor and batteries all must be purchased through Greenpower and cannot be modified. Therefore, the costs were determined through their online store. There will however be other expenses involved in this project and the complete build is expected to total 5000.00. This grant is for the first phase of the project which is building the body tub and establishing drivetrain layout and placement. We have funds available to procure the additional supplies to complete it, and we expect to finish before our racing season opens in March. This lays the foundation for designing the rest of the car around these base components to achieve the lightest and most aerodynamic result possible. We will be able to use the work in progress as a promotional tool and hope to involve our middle school teams in the design and build process. Funding of subsequent stages of the project will be done through sponsorship, fundraisers, and entrepreneurial efforts of the academy, in fact several pieces to this model are already in place and producing results. We hope to debut the new car at the end of the 2018 or beginning of the 2019 season. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Greenpower regulation electric motor $260.00
2 8 Regulation Batteries 90.00 each $720.00
3 Misc electrical connectors $20.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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Daytona International Auto Mall

Wyotech

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