Students learn while building and racing electric cars in Chattanooga Green Prix

The Red Bank High car cruises to victory in the Chattanooga Green Prix. (Image: Hamilton County Schools)

Students from elementary, middle and high schools in Hamilton County built and raced electric cars in the second annual Chattanooga Green Prix held last Saturday.

Hamilton County Schools say the event was held at Chattanooga State Community College and 28 teams from different Hamilton County schools built cars during the year and participated in the race event.

Hamilton County Schools say each participating school received a base Greenpower USA kit car with a chassis, wheels, motor, batteries, and instructions to assemble the kits. The students were also encouraged to create the shell of the car with recycled materials.

The schools say they also had the ability to charge their car batteries through solar energy and teach student builders about aerodynamics and how to make the car go faster.

The middle and high school divisions had a total of 14 schools involved with Hixson Middle placing second overall in the middle school division and Red Bank High School placing first in the high school division.

The schools say that teams were also recognized for use of preservation and endurance in the competition. Hardy Elementary places first in presentation for the elementary division. Harrison Elementary won the Bill Perry Perseverance Award. Hixson Middle took first place in endurance and Ooltewah Middle placed first in the presentation category. Red Bank High also finished first in the endurance category.

Teams that participated in the race included Barger Academy, Brainerd High, Brown Elementary, Calvin Donaldson Elementary, Central High, Clifton Hills Elementary, Dalewood Middle, East Lake Academy, East Lake Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Hixson Middle, Howard High, Lookout Valley Elementary, Nolan Elementary, Ooltewah Middle, Orchard Knob Elementary, Orchard Knob Middle, Red Bank Elementary, Red Bank Middle, Red Bank High, Rivermont Elementary, Sequoyah High, Signal Mountain High, Soddy Daisy Middle, STEM School, and Woodmore Elementary.

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