The mechanical division of the Okemos Solar Racing Club is responsible for assembling the car's frame, managing the gearing from the motor to the wheels, improving aerodynamics, and making the car as light as possible. They are led by Marie Kroneman (12th grade) and are currently working to make the car as aerodynamic as possible by covering the sides of the wheels and designing a new windshield. They are also trying to make the car lighter by replacing the solar panel mount with lighter aluminum.
The electrical division of the Okemos Solar Racing Club is responsible for the wiring of the solar car. They research solar panels to use in our car. They then wire the panels through a charge controller, a device used to regulate voltage, and into the batteries. The batteries connect to the motor controller which uses the throttle to control acceleration. They are led by Grant James (11th grade) and are working on rewiring the system this year to make the car use lighter parts and run more efficiently.
The business division of the Okemos Solar Racing Club is responsible for managing our club's finances. Building a solar car is no cheap task, so they work hard to find us sponsors and plan more fund-raising events. This year they are organizing a winter fundraiser with a goal of $10,000, as well as planning multiple used can and bottle drives. They are led by Sophia Lee (11th grade)
The marketing division of the Okemos Solar Racing Club is responsible for our team's social and community presence. They are a vital part of gathering community support, getting the word out about things like fundraisers, and also manage our website and all of our social media pages. This year their leader, Lauren Peck (11th grade) is collecting much more media like photos and videos to help them liven up their content.
The CAD division or computer-aided design division is responsible for designing a three dimensional model of our car. This allows us to precisely communicate our plans for the car and prove to the judges at scrutineering that our car is safe. They are led by Sterling Mims (11th grade) and are currently working on developing the 3D plans for our future 2021 car.
The telemetry division of the Okemos Solar Racing Club builds the team's communication system and data collection system. This information is used live during our race to allow us to know exactly how hard to push the car. They are led by Eric Andrechek (11th grade) and are currently working on making their system more efficient and collect much more data.
Looking ahead - 2021 Car design
The 2021 car designing division ensures that the plans for the 2021 Solar Car Challenge car are underway and on schedule. They are led by Gal Yossef (11th grade) and are working on developing an aerodynamic, lightweight, and durable design for our next car.