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Solar Car Challenge at UC Merced

Solar Car Challenge 

CalTeach and the student chapter of the Solar Energy Association at UC Merced is excited to host UC Merced’s first annual Solar Car Challenge. The one-day event brings students, faculty, and families together for a day of car racing and solar fun!

What is the Solar Car Challenge?

The Solar Car Challenge is a solar car race that takes place at UC Merced. This event introduces solar energy and engineering design applications to participating students. Teachers who attend one of our Solar Car Trainings are eligible to sign up student teams.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in creativity and work in teams to build their solar cars prior to the day of the race. On the day of the race, students who are part of a registered team, come to UC Merced and race against students from other teams. 

 Click here to see the 2020 Solar Car Challenge timeline!

                           Teachers                                      Students 


                    Building a Solar Car                          Regulations 



Past Solar Car Challenges

In 2019, CalTeach hosted it's first Solar Car Challenge on March 16th, 2019. The 2020 Solar Car Challenge was scheduled to take place on April 4th. Due to state and campus regulations on group gatherings in response to COVID-19, the 2020 Solar Car Challenge has been postponed. 

Past Winners