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Solar Car Challenge at UC Merced

Solar Car Challenge 

CalTeach and the student chapter of Solar Energy Association at UC Merced is excited to host UC Merced’s first annual Solar Car Challenge. The one-day event brings students, faculty, and families together for a day of car racing and solar fun!

What is the Solar Car Challenge?

The Solar Car Challenge is a solar car race that takes place at UC Merced. This event introduces solar energy and engineering design applications to participating students. Teachers who attend one of our Solar Car Training are eligible to sign up for student teams.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in creativity and work in teams to build their solar car prior to the day of the race. On the day of the race, students who are part of a registered team, come to UC Merced and race against students from other teams. This year's race will take place in March of 2022 at UC Merced. 

 Click here to see the past Solar Car Challenge timeline!


             Summer 2021 Training                               Regulations


                         Teachers                                       Solar Car Basics


                         Students                                        2019 Winners