Saturday, December 29, 2007


*Houston Solar Race Team

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bruce and Calhoun City Parades

The Calhoun City Christmas Parade was Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:30 P.M. and the Bruce Christmas Parade was Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 5:00 P.M. Here are the pictures from the parades...

Paige Smith and Jayla Alexander sit in the team's dragster before going around the square of Bruce.

A quick pose before the parade!

Parading around Bruce's square.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Houston Christmas Parade

The Houston Christmas Parade was Saturday, December 1.
The Houston Solar Race Team, along with many other entrees, paraded around the square of Houston. The parade started at four o'clock P.M. The sight of our trailor excited many of the onlooking citizens. They clapped continuously at all of our accomplishments. Although the weather was warm, the streets were still filled with the Christmas spirit!

Amber Patch and Alisha Holder sit in the dragster waiting to line up for the parade.
Ramona Booth and Jeri-Laken Alexander prepare to lead the team around the square of Houston.

Waiting for the parade to begin.We had a few minutes to play around while we were waiting!

On display for the Mississippi Technology Alliance

Mrs. Anita Ellison, Mrs. Donna Turman, and Mr. Keith Reese made a trip to Jackson on Wednesday, November 28 to display the solar car for Mississippi Technology Alliance.

The mission of the Mississippi Technology Alliance is to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the State of Mississippi. MTA is a non-profit organization organized into three centers:

•The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
•The Center for Innovation-Led Economic Development
•The Center for Capital Formation

These three centers facilitate our mission to help entrepreneurs, manufacturers, communities and investors create Mississippi companies.

Mrs. Donna Turman and Mrs. Anita Ellison with the car on display.

We greatly appreciate their support, and look forward to working with them in the future!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Collaboration with the Solar Wind Adventure

Chuck and Diana Hall have taken on an amazing project! They have collaborated with us for help and guidance throughout their project.
The Hall's currently reside in Texas and are both alumni of Purdue University. They have been judges for the Dell-Winston Race that takes place or starts in Dallas, TX every year since 1996. The idea for the project was discussed this past summer with Mr. Reese when General Hall was the judge for our team one day. Mr. Reese was enthused by the idea, and immediately was interested. He granted the Hall's access to the lab at our school and the use of some of our solar cells. After the boat's completion, it will be stored in the lab for safe keeping. It's always a great feeling to help someone who is helping our environment!
The Hall's made a trip to our lab to speak to Mr. Reese and the team Thursday, November 29 and stayed through Friday, November 30 to continue talking about the terrific plan. "Solar Wind Adventure" is the link to their site on the right side of our blog. Here are some pictures explaining what went on:

Chuck and Diana Hall with Mr. Reese discussing plans for the project.

Some of the members of the team cleaning off the solar cells that are being used on the Solar Wind.

Exploring the different possibilities for the arrangements of the solar cells on the Solar Wind.

Will Turman and Jonathon Barnett of the team bring out the solar cells so that we can meter them correctly.

An important element to check the correct efficiency is putting them in the Sun!

Preparing to meter the solar cells.

Reading the metering of the solar cells.

Mr. Reese metering a panel.

The team with Chuck and Diana Hall.

Thank you for this terrific opportunity Chuck and Diana Hall. The Houston Solar Race Team is honored to be a part in your awesome project! :)