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Central HS hosts inaugural electric car race April 19

Last summer, Bradley Schuford demonstrates the electric race car built by STEM Academy students at Central High School. The car can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour.
April 16, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth Central High School will host North Georgia’s first ever Electrathon America race this Saturday, April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 520 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming.

The event is sponsored by Siemens and Forsyth County Schools. Additional parking will be available across the street at Otwell Middle School.

There will be 12 teams from Brooks County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Habersham County and Forsyth County.

The race itself is comprised of two 1-hour heats, scheduled to start at 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Awards and team pictures will take place at the Finish Arch at 3:45 p.m.

This event is officially sanctioned by Electrathon America. Electrathon is a type of electric marathon in which the winner is determined by how far you go in a certain time with a given amount of battery power.

David Johnson, engineering teacher at Forsyth Central and organizer of the event,said the electric cars represent hundreds of student-hours.

“Students are working to solve real-world transportation issues by applying what they’ve learned about energy in science and technology classes,” Johnson said. “The commitment of these kids and their adult mentors is amazing.”

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