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Huntsville schools’ ‘Team USA’ ranks in top ten at 2015 innovative electric car Greenpower Finals race

(Video Above: Team USA interviews with Know Huntsville before competition in England)

CORBY, England —  Huntsville City Schools’ Team USA competed Sunday in the 2015 Greenpower Finals Race, an annual electric car race in England. The team consisted of middle and high school students from the Huntsville school district. This year’s race was held at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, England.

The team placed seventh overall in Sunday’s race and is the only group from outside the U.K. to participate in the annual race for the past three years. Team USA also won the Siemens Engineering and Design Award.

The electric car challenge event was sponsored by the Greenpower Education Trust, whose objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. The program encourages students, with help from teachers and industry mentors, to plan, design, and build an electric car that will be put to the test against other teams looking to take home the hardware.

With strict regulations to follow, each team is given materials like standard motors and sets of batteries to build their electric cars. Students are encouraged and must use all their training in science, technology, engineering, in order to compete.

“It has been an absolutely great day,” said team lead Mike Evans. “We’re growing, the program is growing and we’re improving each year. What can you say, the kids gave it their heart and soul today and at the end of the day it showed.”

For more information on the program please visit hunstvillecityschools.org, or email greenpower.office@hsv-k12.org.