CoServ strives to support community endeavors and educational institutions that focus on alternative uses of energy.
At Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, students research the intricacies of solar power by participating in the Solar Car Challenge. The Solar Car Challenge is designed to help motivate students in science, engineering, technology, and alternative energy by teaching high school students how to design, engineer, build, and safely race a roadworthy solar car. Led by shop teacher Ken Marko, the students at Liberty Christian built a car completely powered by battery and solar panels. The car, Solar Rain, was entered to race against cars developed and built by other students across the country.
The 2011 Solar Car Challenge took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth July 18 through July 21 with the students driving the Solar Rain car around the 1.5-mile-long track in morning and afternoon race sessions. The ultimate goal of the race is to accrue the most total laps over the course of the multi-day event. All totaled, the Solar Rain team ran 225 laps (337.5 miles) to place 5th in the Classic Division. Check out the slide show and video footage of the Solar Car Challenge on this page.
CoServ is proud to sponsor the Liberty Christian School solar car team. We are confident that the lessons learned from engineering, designing, building, and racing their car will not only be a source of pride for the students and Marko, but will also encourage students to pursue further education in science, engineering, and technology.
View race week video
View race week slide show
View research and development video
View research and development slide show