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The first American Solar Challenge race occurred in the summer of 2001. ASC is a biennial intercollegiate competition to design, build and race solar-powered cars in a challenging long-distance event. The event poses formidable tasks as well as educational benefits for the students. Teams must display proficiency in business and product development, creativity, resourcefulness, technical innovation, engineering excellence, and teamwork.
The fundamental mission of American Solar Challenge is to promote and celebrate educational excellence. Every non-race year, team members from all over North America, gather to exchange ideas, experiences, and knowledge. Fueled by the spirit of friendly competition and teamwork, American Solar Challenge integrates technical and scientific expertise across a range of exciting disciplines including business, engineering, science, and communications.
American Solar Challenge also contributes to America's awareness about a host of important issues: renewable energy sources and technology; clean energy option; environmental protection; cost savings through energy efficiency; improvements in transportation; and creation of new, fast-growing, energy-related fields.
The race poses formidable tasks as well as educational benefits for the students. Teams must display proficiency in business and product development, creativity, resourcefulness, technical innovation, engineering excellence, and teamwork. This experience will benefit the student team members throughout their lives, making them valuable, creative, and dynamic members of their chosen profession.
American Solar Challenge is a biennial solar car race across North America consisting of collegiate teams. The race brings in many of the nations top schools including MIT, University of Minnesota, Cal. State of LA and the Univ. of Michigan.