Southside Shows Off in Style at 2nd Annual Alamo City Electrathon  

2018 Alamo City Electrathon 

This is the second year SHS students participated in the STEM Based Competition.  Corporate partners from the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce teamed up to host the second annual Alamo City Electrathon (ACE) Race at Trader’s Village.  The ACE Race is a 1 hour endurance  event for area High School STEM teams that have built single passenger electric powered cars using 73 lbs. of Lead Acid Batteries.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX), CPS Energy, & Whataburger joined the South Chamber in their mission to raise awareness supporting STEM education programs and workforce development.   Nine Area School Districts including SISD competed Friday May 25th , putting their cars to the test.

The Southside team was led by Engineering/STEM teacher, Andrew Chavez. Several students began building the car this Spring. Parts were sponsored by Gunn Auto Group and Toyota TX.

Before students hit the track, each vehicle will undergo a series of inspections to ensure they are safe to race. The race is expanding to two classes this year – stock and open – with each vehicle racing in two heats. The 60-minute heats are held on a closed course loop to see who can run the most laps using only 1,000 Watt-hours of electricity.
San Antonio area school superintendents, business community leaders, and corporate partner executives were in attendance to honor the work of the students and underscore the importance of hands-on education in exposing students to the fun of STEM.

Results for the 2018 Race: East Central 1st, Edgewood 2nd, Sommerset 3rd, Floresville 4th, Southside 5th out of 9.

View photos from the event.