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Forsyth County school hosts first electric car race

Central High School's electrathon team get their No. 56 car ready for the race. ALDO NAHED/Staff. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The inaugural electrathon car race comprised of two 60-minute endurance style marathon was a success, organizers said.

David Johnson, engineering teacher at Forsyth Central and organizer of North Georgia's first Electrathon America race, said students got to solve real-world transportation issues by applying what they've learned about energy in science and technology classes.

"The commitment of these kids and their adult mentors is amazing," Johnson said.

The event was held on a rainy April 19 at Central High School.

Mill Creek High School, of Hoschton, Ga., finished first; followed by Lambert High School and Rabun County High School, of Tiger, Ga., second and third, respectively.

Austin Nance, who designed Lambert's electrathon team car, said the group of 11 students started working on the car earlier this year. Nance and car's driver David King were happy with their performance.

The event was sponsored by Siemens and Forsyth County Schools. Electrathon is a type of electric marathon in which the winner is determined by how far their car will travel in a certain time with a given amount of battery power.

For many other schools it was a chance to learn from their limitations.

The South Forsyth High School Electrathon team got some good laps in, but soon learned of issues with the chain and motor alignment.

"We learned our weak spots and our strengths," said team member Spencer Yarbrough.

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