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Pine Ridge High Receives Grant for Electric Car Challenge


Pine Ridge High School has been awarded a Greenpower car grant from Greenpower USA, becoming the first school in the state of Florida to receive this award. There will be a presentation at Pine Ridge High on Monday, February 6, at 1:30 p.m., 926 Howland Boulevard. 

The grant from Greenpower USA gives Pine Ridge High School a car kit, which includes the frame, the wheels and other hardware, access to Siemens’ model software and a commitment from Siemens to help implement the software. Students in the STEM Manufacturing program will use advanced science and math to design, fabricate and test modifications, as well as run simulations. 

Students will compete in races across the country in the Formula 24 division, which is for ages 14-18. The team is led by Mr. Jim Maynard, a manufacturing instructor at Pine Ridge High, and consists of 30 to 45 students. They will be competing in the first race of the year in Jasper, Alabama and are also hoping to compete in Indianapolis and Whitesburg, Alabama in May. 

“We are thankful to have received this grant from Greenpower USA,” said Richard T. Myers, principal of Pine Ridge High School. “The Greenpower car will present many unique opportunities for our students, and it gives them hands-on engineering experience. Mr. Maynard and his students have been hard at work since receiving the grant, and we are excited to see what is next.”

Greenpower USA, sponsored by Siemens, is a foundation based in Huntsville, Alabama. Greenpower USA’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. Greenpower runs engineering challenges for schools based around designing and building a single-seat electric powered race car. 

For more information on Greenpower USA, you can visit their website at​ 

Note: This event is not open to the public. For media access to the campus, proceed to the main office for a visitor’s pass. 


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