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Rocket City Space Pioneers Team Member Participates in Electric Car Competition

Our high school team member, the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT), is at it again. HCT is the only school that has been invited to participate in the Greenpower 2012 National Finals. This is an electric car challenge that has students from across the U.K. designing, building, and racing their own electric cars each fall.

Students in Mike Evans' drafting design class are participating in the challenge. Mr. Evans’ classes have helped the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) on many projects including our Engineering Development Lander and have done an outstanding job.

Juniors Nick Peterson, Will Cobb, Franco Camarillo, and Briana Cummings created the electric car design the school will use in the competition, which will be held in October in West Sussex, England. The HCT team is called “Team USA.”

Siemens PLM Software brought the opportunity to HCT. The company is a big supporter of the school, as well as a big supporter of the Rocket City Space Pioneers. Siemens generously donated a significant number of seats of Solid Edge and FEMAP software for our “Engineering Meets Education” program.

For the electric car competition, the students are using the software to “reverse engineer” a race car.

John Stingel’s class is building the car's transmission and electrical system. Mr. Stingel, the computer electronics teacher, led classes that built a rover and produced other work for RCSP.

According to an article on, “Siemens, in a letter to the school, said the Center for Technology was chosen to pilot the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project in the U.S. because of the school's "proven track record" of collaboration on projects with NASA, the Rocket City Space Pioneers, Dynetics and other local agencies and corporations.”

The students certainly do have a proven track record with the Rocket City Space Pioneers.

We wish Team USA the best of luck.  We know they have what it takes to win!

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