Huntsville City Schools’ Team USA places 7th in 2015 Greenpower Finals Race

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Huntsville City Schools' Team USA competes in the 2015 Greenpower Finals Race in England. (Courtesy: ETV)

CORBY, England (WHNT) – Huntsville City Schools’ Team USA finished seventh overall in Sunday’s 2015 Greenpower Finals Race. The event took place at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in England.

This year’s race featured dozens of high school and college teams from throughout the United Kingdom. Team USA also won the Siemens Engineering and Design Award for the second time.

“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.

The Greenpower Education Trust sponsors the event, an electric car challenge, which requires students, with help from teachers and industry mentors, to design, build, and race an electric car. Each team is given the same standard motor, set of batteries, and a strict set of regulations to follow.  Students must use all of their science, technology, engineering, and math skills to come up with a vehicle to compete.

“I think we’ve practiced a lot, like our mentors stressed a lot about us working together and communicating, like in pit changes and on the track with the drivers, communicating with everybody,” said team member Ashley Kimbel.

In 2013, Huntsville City Schools became the first team from the U.S. to compete in the Greenpower Race in the United Kingdom.  A regional race will be held at the new Greenpower Race Track at Whitesburg School on Saturday, October 31 for area teams.

Huntsville City Schools contributed to this story.