Thursday, October 1, 2015

MLGW to Host Third Annual Solar Model Car Race

MLGW is hosting the A-Blazing Race on Friday, Oct. 23 in conjunction with the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering E-Day. The race will be held in the college’s parking lot at the corner of Zach Curlin Street and Norriswood Avenue. The A-Blazing Race promotes MLGW’s interest in solar energy and introduces children to different engineering-related professions.

The object of the race is to design and build a vehicle that is powered strictly by solar power to compete in races with similar cars as well as to compete in a design competition. This year’s event will be divided into two divisions: grades six through eight and grades nine through 12. Teams can consist of two to eight people.

Teams will use a kit (available through MLGW) containing a solar panel and motor. Using any other ma­terials, competitors will design and build a solar-powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter race course.

“We are excited about the A-Blazing Race being a part of the E-Day and look forward to even more students being involved,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “It gives MLGW a wonderful opportunity to interact with local students through a fun activity and teach them about engineering and the importance of solar power.”

For more information about the A-Blazing Race, contact MLGW’s Community Relations Department at (901) 528-4820 or You can also visit the A-Blazing Race Website to register online.

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