Dear Parents and Faculty,
The Alternative Fuels Club consists of high school students from the freshmen to the senior class with the help of professional guidance. We design and assemble the mechanical, electrical and visual aspects of a fuel efficient vehicle. Some examples of what we do include working on the motor, programming/circuitry and designing the aesthetics of our vehicle. Along with keeping extensive photo and video records, our team is focused on safety and we already implement many different systems to ensure the safety of our members. The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual competition, sponsored by Shell. The goal of the Eco-Marathon is to build and race a fuel efficient vehicle for optimum power mileage. This is our first year with the club and we have made great strides in the completion of our vehicles systems from after school and Saturday meetings. We hope to build on our successes and start this club off with a good first season.
More and more engineering schools in America, and Europe, are requiring their students to have hands-on, realistic application of the theoretical principles they are learning in the classroom. America's pre-eminent technical university, M.I.T. , as well as universities associated with the S.A.E. (Society of Automotive Engineers), and polytechnical universities throughout Europe, are all now promoting the study of Alternative Fuels through university sponsored E-KART projects . In Europe, the university clubs compete with each other to build the most efficient go-karts vis-à-vis fuel mileage, horsepower-to-weight, etc., and then race their karts.
This trend is the genesis for the Career Center Alternative Fuel Club's entrée into the world of go-karting, and the development of several go-karts to run on alternative fuels. We invite you to be part of this forward thinking, team-building, environmentally friendly teaching opportunity.