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( May 6, 1998)
WALL STUDENT NAMES SDSM& T’S NEXT SOLAR CAR / SOLAR TEAM TO VISIT WALL SCHOOL FRIDAY, MAY 8
Students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) Solar Motion Team will bring their solar- powered car to Wall this Friday, May 8th, at 8: 20 a. m. to recognize Kimberly Davis for submitting the name selected for SDSM& T’s next solar car. Kimberly, a sophomore at Wall High School, submitted Dakota Heat as the name for the solar car that SDSM& T will race in the Sunrayce ’ 99 competition. Her winning entry in the “ Name the Solar Car Contest” was selected from hundreds of names submitted by elementary through high school students from across South Dakota.
South Dakota Tech’s solar team will make a presentation about the design and use of solar- powered vehicles to the entire Wall student body. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions of the solar car team and view SDSM& T’s solar- car. Ken Harding of Newell, a Mechanical Engineering major who competed in Sunrayce ‘ 97, will lead the student team members visiting Wall.
SDSM& T’s Sunrayce ’ 97 car, Dakota Sun, was named by a Brookings Middle School Class. SDSM& T’s solar car was one of only 35 vehicles that completed last summer’s 1,240 mile race from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. SDSM& T is the only university in an 11- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that entered a vehicle in Sunrayce ’ 97. The team won the “ Team Spirit Award” for its persistence and “ never give up” attitude.
Stagebarn Canyon Elementary School’s fourth grade class in Sturgis named SDSM& T’s first solar car, Solar Rolar. The highest placing rookie team in Sunrayce ’ 95, SDSM& T won the Best Use of Technology Award and the Humanitarian Award.
The solar car is being brought to Wall as part of the SDSM& T Solar Motion Team’s educational outreach activities to area schools. Educators interested in information on arranging school visits next fall by the SDSM& T Solar Motion Team should contact Ken Harding at 394- 2213.
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