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Friday, July 25, 2008

Team wins multiple awards

In addition to winning the 2008 North American Solar Challenge, our
team won a few other awards. With hundreds of team members, family
members, and sponsors in attendance at the awards ceremony this past
Wednesday, a wonderful meal and ceremony were put on at the Calgary Zoo by
SolarWorld, The University of Calgary, and NASC.

Many awards were given including observer awards and 15 other
important awards that range from best mechanical system to the spirit
of the event award.

The observers award each team with one "paper-plate" humor style
award. This year our team was awarded a "Divining Rod" for our
persistence in finding water at almost each charging location. Our
divining rod is made up of two sticks taped to a third that will point
the user in the direction of a body of water. Hopefully this will be
useful in Australia this upcoming October! By finding any natural
pond, puddle, lake, we were able to dramatically increase the amount
of energy we were able to capture. This helped us to fill our battery pack
multiple times throughout the race.

As for the main awards from NASC, we were given two of the 15 awards.
In addition to winning the 2008 North American Solar Challenge, our
team was awarded the teamwork award. The officials presented this
award to us because of the incredible sense of team and responsibility
that each team member showed throughout the entire event. Dan Eberle,
Race Organizer, explained that he saw team members who knew what they
were doing at all times and were respectful and attentive to what
needed to be done. In addition, the general team attitude was viewed
as being healthy and relaxed while paying special attention to every
detail. This award means quite a bit to the team. Team work has
always been an issue that this team has dealt with and has been
something we have worked hard to achieve over the past year. By
running hundreds of drills and spending many days of testing on the
open road, our team was able to embody the meaning of this award.

Winning the North American Solar Challenge twice in a row is something
this team has been unable to achieve since 1990 and 1993. This,
coupled with the teamwork award, shows the renewed emphasis of members
spanning multiple projects. Congrats to all Michigan Solar Car
members, alumni, sponsors, family, and friends.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't say enough...great teamwork.

Bob Hayes

July 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Brian Ignaut said...

Great work, Team. You've raised the bar for all future generations of UMSolar raycers. Go Blue!

July 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Great run, Team. I couldn't agree more with Brian. Continuum's win raises the bar indeed, which means everyone will be looking for the same spirit this fall and in future races to come. I wish you great success in transferring your lessons and knowledge as you pass the torch.

Go Blue!

Peter Balogh

July 27, 2008 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Kempton said...

Congrats for the great work.

I interviewed some of the U of Michigan team members in Calgary, here is my blog entry and edited video clip,
http://kempton.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/u-of-michigan-2008-solar-challenge-video/

And here is a blog entry and video clip of some sights and sound in Calgary,
http://kempton.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/2008-solar-challenge-with-sunrise/

Please pass on to the solar car team members as you see fit.

Cheers.

August 4, 2008 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Mitesh said...

Great Work done bye this team amazing ....

October 20, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Frank D. ReCouper Sr. said...

The key to future success in the automotive industry lies in understanding its current tumultuous state and planning for a stronger industry—where the competition will remain fierce but the environment will have stabilized.
Great Teamwork! The hope of our future.

October 26, 2008 at 12:48 PM  

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