We are working on finishing the Physics Box and should be done with that relatively soon and we have been working diligently on finishing the Physics Box. Some accomplishments that have taken place are finding, getting in contact with multiple community outreach events, and planning on attending those outreach events such as Earth X, Eco Fair, and two Academy High presentation nights are where we will be showing off the solar car. Another accomplishment is that we have gotten in contact with a vendor who will make our team shirts for us for a very good price that will financially benefit us and we should be getting them very soon. Finally, we are checking the cart and making sure that all the maintenance is up to date for the technical inspections that will be done which is the Internal Audit.
We got the car rolling and we are starting to test drive it. Right now we are testing the cars energy efficiency. This past couple of weeks we have also been working on a montage video of the car and setting up other elements of the website. Last week we had an outreach even during the third years presentations. We pulled out the car, a solar panel, and some driving gear in order to educate more people about our club. This week we also started on designing the club t-shirts. The designs are not done yet but they should be finalized in the next few weeks.
We got the plasma cutter, the machine that failed earlier in the month, to work and were able to finish the the estop bracket. Also, we installed the bracket and are working on ordering the lights that also need to be attached to it. As for the ballast, we’ve cut out the pieces and drilled holes to mount it on the frame, but we’ve had trouble with the placement of the of the holes we drilled. Though the holes aren’t perfect, we are working on mounting the frame so that we can begin test driving it. We received our safety gear and are almost ready to test drive after one final inspection of the car, then we will be ready to roll.
We’ve been working on designing an emergency stop (estop) button bracket and coming up with a solution for how to create a ballast. The ballast is a counter weight that we did calculations for to figure out how much weight we needed and where to put it. We came to the conclusion that is would take a 36 pound ballast to counterbalance the motor. We need 12 pieces weighing approximately 3 lbs that are ¼” by 5.5” by 8.5”. As for the estop, we designed a ‘L’ shaped mount, but had to postpone some of the manufacturing of the part because the lead bolt for the plasma cutters shredded, which meant we had to order a new bolt. We are also working on updating the website and twitter page, which means rewriting content, revising what we already had, and taking pictures to upload.