One of my favorite events of the year will be held in Sonoma, California this year. The Sonoma Raceway has is the location for the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon. I have been following the Shell Eco-marathon since 2007 the Los Altos’ Infusion won first place in the fuel cell hydrogen category with 1,038 miles per gallon. The best part of the event is the collaboration between the companies, the teachers, and the University students.
Make the Future California will host two Shell Eco-marathon competitions:
* Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge – where students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
* Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship Regional Final – marrying energy efficiency with speed in a race to be crowned the regional champion, and secure their place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final which will be held in London, 2018.
“Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon is designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing energy efficiency and transportation performance,” said Pamela Rosen, Shell Eco-marathon Americas spokesperson. “These student participants are the people who help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions.”
There are awards for many different types of propulsion, but the goal in both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories is to see who can get the most amount of miles from one gallon of energy. There are also awards in categories such as Communications, Design, Technical Innovation and Safety.
The sweetest story was in 2009, when George Schurr High School in Montebello, CA, home of the Mighty Spartans, won the team spirit. As the clapping subsided, people were looking around for Schurr High School students. They weren’t there, neither was Armando Hernandez, the instructor. I heard that Armando’s brother had helped during the event, but Armando had to get his brother home at a certain time.
The Shell Eco-marathon has come along ways since its inception, but the most important thing it has done is still at the heart of the program, teaching children, engaging children, on reducing CO2.