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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Honors Staten Island High School Student Solar Engineers

August 2, 2017
Press Release
Students recognized for competing in national Solar Car Challenge after designing and building solar powered car

Staten Island, NY—August 2, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today presented 19 ambitious Staten Island high school students with Congressional certificates in honor of their participation in the Solar Car Challenge, a national competition where students design, build, and race solar powered cars. The students, part of the Staten Island Solar Club, were the only team from New York City to compete in the Challenge.

Congressman Donovan said, “I congratulate the Staten Island Solar Club on their 3rd place Advanced Division finish, and I applaud their hard work and determination. It’s great to see Staten Island students harness their creativity, as well as interest in STEM and renewable energy, to create a car of the future. These high schoolers are part of the next generation of innovators, and I can’t wait to see the groundbreaking ideas they come up with as they move forward in their careers.”

“We’re so proud of what this team has accomplished and we look forward to next year,” Michael Degregorio and Angelo Cardinale, co-captains of the Staten Island Solar Club, said. “Renewable energy is the way of the future!”

The Staten Island Solar Club’s car was built using university body models and exotic batteries. The vehicle also includes a functional seat, roll cage, safety harness, and turn signals.

This year 20 teams competed in the four-day competition held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Teams compete in one of four divisions Classic, Open, Advanced and Electric-Solar Powered Car.

This is the 7th year the Staten Island Solar Club has participated in the Solar Car Challenge.