Three high schools competing in Electron Marathon on O’ahu

KIUC sponsorship helping students. For the first time, all three public high schools on Kaua’i are competing in an electric car endurance race known as the Electron Marathon.

The Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative is helping the three teams with travel to O’ahu to compete in the race scheduled for Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. The teams also need to ship their vehicles aboard an inter-island barge

The teams from Kaua’i High School, Waimea High School and Kapa’a High School are set to compete on Saturday, March 22.

The electric vehicles are designed and constructed by teams made up of high school students and teachers, and work on the cars began as early as last summer.

“In the course of building a vehicle from the standard kit containing no instructions, students are faced with problem-solving situations, integration of content areas, teamwork, and collaboration,” said Barbara Nagamine, Customer Relations Administrator at KIUC.

The racers are judged on the documentation of their project, an oral presentation by each team, and how long the teams electrical charge of their vehicle lasts on race day.

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