During a week-long celebration of Earth Day, the Green Club hosted a Solar Derby last Thursday. Students built their own solar-powered cars, and challenged each other to a 15-meter sprint. During the derby, students made minor adjustments to their vehicles, fine-tuned their solar engines, and tried to find out what variable made the most significant impact on speed. For the record, it was standing in between the sun and an opponents car, a tactic that was outlawed for the final race.
In the championship race, freshman Veronica Davis (celebrating above) boasted the fastest vehicle, Darylquisha Hill made the most significant improvements, and everyone enjoyed Mr. Ullery's solar-cooked apple-turnover. Enjoy these pictures, and stay tuned for video from the race.
Thurgood Marshall Academy is a public charter high school located in Southeast, DC. Our mission is to prepare students to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society. Since our inception in 2001, we have had a college acceptance rate of 100%.
We are successful, in part, because our students are engaged in meaningful programing that extends beyond the school day. The Other 17 Hours is dedicated to celebrating all of the amazing things that TMA students do outside of the classroom.