Austin Gwartney, behind the wheel of the Bullard High School solar car, fields questions from curious youngsters at the Tyler Mini Maker Faire in March.
After 10 months and countless work hours, it’s almost time for the Bullard Solar Car Team to race. Six students from Bullard High School in Bullard, Texas, will drive their 800-pound solar car on a nine-day, cross-country race beginning at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and ending in Los Angeles.
The Winston Solar Car Challenge is an annual competition for high school students that will draw about 30 teams worldwide this year. Cullen Hippler, 18, of Bullard says his team raised $96,000, and they sought out mentors in carbon fiber and solar power to get the job done.