HISD to compete in second annual ACE Race

HISD to compete in second annual ACE Race
Posted on 03/29/2018

Harlandale ISD will be one of nine school districts to compete in the second annual Alamo City Electrathon (ACE) Race taking place at Traders Village on May 25.

Superintendent Rey Madrigal and STEM ECHS students represented HISD during a press conference at City Hall Monday morning, where Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña and Director of Government Relations at Toyota Mario Losoya expressed their excitement and support for the race.

Originally created by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. and Southwest ISD to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, the race has grown from seven competitors in its inaugural year to nine student teams this year, including a team all the way from Dallas ISD. 

On race day, student teams will build and race their own electric vehicles using 73 pounds of lead acid batteries and will compete in two one-hour races. The team with the most laps combined from the two races wins.

East Central ISD is the defending champion. However, the Engineering Venom Crew at STEM ECHS is ready for the challenge. They will be racing two cars and hope to bring the winning title to Harlandale ISD. 

Junior Julian Gutierrez was the driver last year and will be driving again this year.

“We’re building a new car from scratch. So, hopefully, it’s going to be faster and better and look nicer overall,” he said. “The first experience was great, we came in third place, so we were pretty happy with our performance. But, we are hoping to do better this year.”

Their teacher and coach, Romeo Valdez, said that participating in this race has been a great learning experience for his students.

“The students are learning about teamwork,” he said. “They are using the skills they are learning in the classroom and integrating them into real-life situations. They also have a lot of fun and can’t wait to race.”

Good luck, students!

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