Science Academy team ranks highest in the state at Texas Greenpower F-24 Race

Science Academy Team Ranks Highest in the State at Electric Car Competition
Posted on 12/06/2019
Science Academy Electric Car Race Team posing with runner-up signA team of 11 students from South Texas ISD Science Academy in Mercedes competed against teams from Texas and Alabama in the Texas Greenpower F-24 Race in Angleton, Texas, last month.

Greenpower runs engineering challenges for schools focused on designing and building a single- seat electric powered race car. Students have the opportunity through these competitions to advance their education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology.

The Science Academy Electric Car Club race team competed against five other teams in the F-24 Advance Modified category. In only its second year competing, the team was awarded runner-up for the competition, and ranked highest out of the Texas teams.

Race team members include Arian Perez of Brownsville; Elvin Razo of Donna; Mohamed Makhlouf and Jose Manuel Ramirez of Edinburg; Ricardo Chavez, Daniel Escobedo, and Luis Verduzco of McAllen; Kevin Garcia, Edgar Otero, and Dario Ramos of Mission; and Pres Gomez of San Juan. The team is coached by Science Academy science instructor Andrew Cortez.

The students built the car over about three weeks using a kit containing parts for a stock F24, and then modifying the parts and installing performance enhancing parts. Students used a 3D printer to create parts for the car and practiced soldering skills as they completed the wiring. The modification of parts placed the car in the Modified category in the competition. Students will continue making modifications throughout the race season as the team gears up for the Greenpower race to be held at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in April.