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If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

How to Build a Solar Car

Sam Anderton

Oregon High School Solar Car Team


Hello! I am Sam Anderton and I am a member of the Oregon High School Solar Car Team! We are a high school team based in Bend, Oregon, and for the last several years we have been working on various generations of solar powered cars. Every year we go and race these cars against the other HS solar car teams on the NASCAR Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Our car is completely solar powered and is made completely from composite materials (carbon fiber and fiberglass). From this, we can learn advanced engineering skills: for example, one other team member and I just finished engineering a solar lighting stand prototype for a Bend-based company, entered it into the Intel science fair, and won a cash prize! It's also going to be marketed nationally by the company and the funds gathered by it will go directly to the team! A quote from Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX acually reads, "I would rather hire a person for my company that has been on a solar car team than someone who has a degree in engineering." Apart from engineering, our team needs great sponsors, and in doing that we gain professionalism and business experience. For example, a few months ago, I myself spoke in a city council meeting and got consent from our mayor to use the airport runways for a speed test. I hope you'll consider us for the show or a shoutout, publicity is what keeps the team running. Thanks so much!

This is the general idea. I would describe how we built our solar powered car. We would also provide a background as to what our team is, what we do, how we work, and what our future is. But the slides would contain the parts of the car, and how they go in the car.



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Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

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