Nearly a dozen of Southside HS’s students currently enrolled in robotics, engineering, welding, and automotive classes worked together to race in the 2017 ACE Race at the San Antonio Speedway.
With the wave of a flag, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff kicked off the inaugural Alamo City Electrathon (ACE) Race! Student teams from six south side school districts built their own single-passenger, electric-powered cars from kits donated by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX). Southwest ISD, a veteran in student-built vehicle races, provided mentorship to the first-time student teams. Southside HS was one of those schools that benefited from the mentorship.
“ACE Race exemplifies the practical application of STEM education. The partnership between Toyota and our school districts is a model for our workforce development initiatives,” said Judge Wolff.
The race evolved from conversations between San Antonio District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldana and Southwest ISD Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft. Student teams from Edgewood, Somerset, Southside, South San, East Central, and Harlandale all took the San Antonio Speedway located along State Highway 16 to make these conversations a reality.
Southwest ISD says the ACE Race is the first event of its kind in San Antonio, with the goal of showing students the exciting possibilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Another goal of the ACE Race is to become a National Sanctioned Electrathon Event with Electrathon America. Currently there are only 12 in the nation. Southside ISD was proud to be invited and show off the great skills our students have learned here at SHS.