Upcoming Event

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Western Technical College Welcomes: The American Solar Challenge La Crosse, WI, July 27th & 28th -Western Technical College will be hosting the national competitors of a solar-powered vehicle this Sunday & Monday, July 27-28 during a pit stop in La Crosse.

The public is invited to attend as the American Solar Challenge race teams arrive throughout Sunday, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in Western's parking lot D, on the corner of 7th St. and Badger St.

Teams will display their cars, explain what they have learned, and answer questions. The American Solar Challenge is a collegiate competition and race where teams of students build solar-powered vehicles and travel a pre-determined route along highways. As they navigate through hills, weather and traffic they must manage power for the solar arrays installed as the main fuel for the vehicles. The arrays consist of inter-connected photovoltaic solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. Some cars can reach upwards of 50 miles per hour. The team that completes the route with the lowest time wins the challenge.