Wednesday, December 10, 2014

School Board Speech

Sydney had the amazing opportunity to speak in front of the school board about the Solar Knights! It is always great to share how amazing this team is to everyone. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Parade

This Saturday the Solar Knights attended the plantation holiday parade. We drove SK3 the whole way and got to show it off at city hall. The day consisted of holiday hats and nailing each other in the head with candy. It was certainly a great way to show the community what we do at South Plantation High.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Field Trip to Thermal Concepts

Yesterday the Solar Knights took a trip to Thermal Concepts  to see their metal fabrication shop where they cut us pieces of metal using their plasma cutter in the shape of the Miami Dolphins logo and the Miami Heat logo. They also gave us a tour of their offices, training facilities and CAD department.

Thank you Jesse M. from Thermal Concepts for giving us this opportunity to tour your company!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Presents For The Principal

This week we hand delivered our principal an honorary plaque and letter for the support she has given to the Solar Knights. Marcus Haslegrove dropped by for a visit to check out the car and to recieve his personal plaque too!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pony Express

This week Sydney and Jasen worked on packaging the letters, plaques and pictures for our 2013-2014 sponsors. We are also sending out letters to past and potential sponsors for this years race.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stacks Of Plaques!

This Monday Jasen received 20 sponsor plaques from EDCO. Today Dylan, Matt, Sydney went to deliver the first one to Mrs. Henshsel the principal of South Plantation High School. She was very delighted to receive the plaque for being A part of our team! Sydney and Jasen have been looking up grants to get money. We have applied for the Motorola grant which would be $50,000 more in our pocket!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Housekeeping in the Tech Room

Today after school at Engineering Club Matt was updating the firmware on the laser printer and sending out "Thank You's" . Meanwhile, Shaina and the rest of the robotics team were working on setting up the robotics field for this year's competition. Juan and Matthew, new members to the solar team, were researching ceramic bearings and carbon fiber repair kits to improve the solar car. Everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming robotic competitions and solar car build days.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Trip On The Sea, With E-Marine

Matt, Dylan and Jasen visited Paul Landino this sunday to see his work in progress Duffy boat.
It is a fully electric solar and wind power vessel and runs on a 46 volt drive system. It has a maglev horizontal wind generator and 12 solar panels. Paul took the boat down the Fort Lauderdale new river at a good cruise of 3 knots. It was a great time and we got to talk to Paul about Matt and Dylan's solar pontoon senior project, as well about the upcoming 2015 Solar Car Challenge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Visit From Tesla Motors

This Wednesday Zachary Jackson from Tesla Motors of Dania Beach stopped by the tech room to see what we are all about. We showed him SK3 and the rest of what goes on in engineering.
We discussed about future events and outside he brought his personal P85 Tesla Model S.
We had a great time and were even able to 3D print a Tesla logo for him to take home.
Thank you Zach for coming to South Plantation High School Engineering!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dignitary Event!

This Friday, school board dignitaries visited our school to come see our  environmental magnet program. While they were here, Matt and Sydney attended a luncheon with them and the rest of the crew prepped the Solar Car and Go-Kart. When the dignitaries walked out of there meeting, we ran both of the cars around the magnet loop. It was a success and everybody loved the car. All in all, it was a successful day with the dignitaries.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's get organized!

This week we plan on getting organized with upcoming events. Also the executive officers are hard at work trying to make this year the best one yet!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On our way to Austin,TX

It was the last day of the race as we said our goodbyes to Baylor University. Dr. Marx greeted us in the morning and waved us off the start to our final stop in Austin TX. 

The finish line of the race was the Samsung Microprocessor factory in Austin TX. 
Our over 300 mile journey had come to a close and we received our 3rd place trophy that night at the banquet. We also received the Matt Tunnel award for the most prestigious skill in driving and trailering.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On the road rally to Waco!

It was the morning of the the first road rally day and we were pumped up and ready to go.
By winning the previous days race we got the trophy at the flip of a coin from having a tie number of laps as staten island. We charged our batteries in the sunlight and suited Matt up in his cool shirt vest for the long trek ahead. Our destination for that day was Waco TX which was over 100 miles away.

We completed 98 miles that day and arrived in Waco Texas long enough to adjust our charge controllers and get some well earned sleep.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quest For The Checkered Flag!

Lapping the competition we went as Matt, Dylan, and Brandon drove a total of 125 laps.
We raced all day and took a 30 minute break to take the official race picture.

The day was a success as we neared towards the competitors lap. We took first that day for the daily award and received it the next day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Down but not out

With the other cars racing around the track, The Solar Knights were pent up in the garage prying out the sheared bolts from the carbon fiber after yesterdays accident. Luckily one of the judges named Malcolm helped us get the bolt out with Easy-Out. With the car in running order we were ready to race the next day.