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( March 11, 1997)
Dakota Sun: Going for the Gold at Sunrayce 97
Dakota Sun is the solar car designed by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Solar Motion Team ( SMT) for Sunrayce 97. The team includes students from nearly every discipline and is quickly becoming the largest student organization at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Sunrayce 97 is a biennial intercollegiate event open to all universities in North America. The race is sponsored by General Motors ( GM), Electronic Data Systems ( EDS), and the Department of Energy ( DOE). This unique event showcases the imagination, ingenuity and teamwork of 60 graduate and undergraduate teams in the development of highly efficient, electrically powered vehicles that are fueled by a viable, renewable and sustainable energy source - the sun. This exciting and demanding long- distance race across America's runs June 19 to 28, 1997.
In 1995, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology placed sixteenth our of thirty- eight teams, received the " Best Use of Technology" award, placed highest among " rookie" teams, and was presented the " Humanitarian" award for their efforts. The Dakota Sun Solar Motion Team hopes to transcend these accomplishments while on the road from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs.
The Sunrayce is a shining example of how much is possible with commitment and determination to the improvement of sustainable energy development, and the importance of public and private partnerships in making innovation a reality.
The Dakota Sun Solar Motion Team is seeking sponsorship from corporations, associations, and individuals willing to assist the production of the # 1 competitor for Sunrayce 97. Providing support will help prepare future scientists and engineers for the workplace and helps improve the quality of education in the field of alternative energy research.
For more information on the South Dakota Solar Motion Team at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology call 394- 2213. Internet resources on Sunrayce 97 may be accessed at headqtr@ sunrayce. gmr. com or http:// www. sunrayce. com.
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