Sidney High School students had the chance on Tuesday to see a solar powered car and learn about how it was designed and manufactured, and how it performed in solar powered vehicle races.  
Iowa State University’s PrISUm Team brought their solar car, the “Phaeton 2,” to the high school as a part of their outreach program to educate the midwest region about renewable energy and the importance of STEM education.  Team PrISUm has made a mission of the search for alternative energy sources and demonstrating the potential of solar power.
Team PrISUm is a student-led organization that has been building and racing solar powered cars every year in the American Solar Challenge since it began in 1989. According to their team website, the goal each year is to make the most efficient use of the latest solar and battery technology. Over the last 27 years, PrISUm has designed and built 12 award-winning solar vehicles.
Team PrISUm solar powered cars race in several races each year, among them are:
The American Solar Challenge
The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event on a 1,500-2,000 mile course between multiple cities across the country.
Formula Sun Grand Prix
The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track event that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses that tests handling in curves, braking, and acceleration.
The team’s performance in the 2016 American Solar Challenge earned it  the International Solarcar Federation (ISF) Achievement Award. According to,  “Thanks to the ISF, remote controlled scale models of Phaeton 2 will be sold throughout the world to promote solar racing and the concept of “Brain Sports.” Phaeton 2 will be the only car to ever hold this honor.”
After a car has finished racing, the team focuses its efforts on outreach, touring the midwest’s schools and colleges, community events and businesses, reaching “an average audience of 50,000 people per year while participating in events as small as a classroom field trip to our garage or as large as participating in the Des Moines Concours d'Elegance.”
Students with plans to attend college at ISU and interested in joining Team PrISUm are encouraged to do so, “membership in Team PrISUm is open to students of all majors at Iowa State. The team is broken down into Business, Mechanical, and Electrical divisions. No former experience is required and there are many positions available that aren't engineering related.”   More information can be found at
Team PrISUm defines its mission as building a practical solar car that changes transportation and inspires future generations.
“We hope to inspire the bright minds of tomorrow to search for sustainable solutions to the planet's biggest problems.”
For more information:  
Joel Eakins-515-294-0899
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