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21 January

We Have The Date & Location of Formula Sun 2015!


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Words just came down the wire from Evan Stumpges of American Solar Challenge, below:

“We’re thrilled to announce that FSGP 2015 will be returning to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX July 26-31, 2015 (Sun-Fri), with the first 3 days being scrutineering and the last 3 days being the track race. Mark your calendars! Additional details to follow as they become available.”

Formula Sun 2015 Regulations

Formula Sun 2015 Regulations

(Please click on red links and note magenta)

Please click on Formula Sun 2015 Regulations to review details of the 44-page Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) 2015 Regulations.

The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is hosted by the Innovators Educational Foundation. It promotes and celebrates educational excellence and engineering creativity. Fueled by the spirit of friendly competition and teamwork, the FSGP event champions the creative integration of technical and scientific expertise across a range of exciting disciplines (such as engineering, mathematics, sciences, businesses, in multi-disciplined experiential learning and in subsequent careers.) The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP) is an annual track race that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses. This unique style of solar car racing is open to teams from universities and colleges around the world and truly tests the limits of the vehicles in handling curves, braking, and acceleration.

On years when the American Solar Challenge (ASC) is held, FSGP serves as the qualifier race for this competition. Teams must successfully complete FSGP to prove their vehicles before they are allowed to start the cross-country ASC journey. Below, you will see videos (filmed by Michael Nunamaker, interviewed, edited, and uploaded by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker) of some of the solar cars and students that had participated during the ASC (Americal Solar Challenge) 2012:

Part 1 of 2 of this event:

The racing strategy applied during the three day FSGP track event is different than the cross-country ASC event. Driver training, passing strategy, and quick pit stops are crucial for teams racing in FSGP. It’s also essential to have a diligent team member in the timing booth and follow all of the rules of the track to ensure all laps get counted.

The winner of FSGP is determined by the total number of laps completed over the three days of racing. The team that completes the fastest single lap around the track is also recognized in the awards ceremony. If your university is interested in entering the next FSGP competition, please visit the Formula Sun 2015 Regulations of the event.

Please keep in mind that the Registration Deadlines is on p.7 of the Formula Sun Regulations. We will keep you posted of its location and date of the actual race in future post:

  1. Initial registration package is due: March 1, 2015
  2. Technical Documents are due: April 1, 2015
  3. Track registration package is due: April 1, 2015

A special note for Innovators Educational Foundation: It is a 501(c)(3) organization that is supported with 100% volunteers from all across the United States. These volunteers gave/give their time freely, understanding the importance of education and the impact that real experiences have in a learning environment. For information on how you and your organization can support their effort, please visit their sponsorship page.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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14 August

Solar Decathlon (3)-Florida International University’s PerFORMDanceHouse of 2011


If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at Thank you very much. We are at a critical juncture in human history when individual effort and participation in the transition into renewable energy age is desperately needed!  Your signature will be very meaningful in helping all earthlings!  For a summary of why we need to switch to power the earth with Wind-Water-Sunlight quickly, reasons are explained by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson at There are more than sixteen episodes of discussions on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) available at Please feel free to read/listen to them (type in feed-in-tariff in the search box at right).

Dear Readers,

An excellent question from some of you and here is what I found out about how Solar Decathlon is judged, based on 10 contests, each is worth 100 points, they are: Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment, and Energy Balance.

As I’ve previously promised you, in this episode, I will be taking you through a tour of one of the teams from my home state of Florida, the PerFORMDance House of Florida International University.  PerFORMDance House is a design of harmonious coexistence   between its users and nature by generating its energy use completely from the sun while addressing  the need of its South Florida climate of high humidity, high temperature, and high hurricane risk. Some of its innovative strategies in producing electricity to cool/heat interior space are: ductless heating/cooling system, solar thermotube sensitive moderate system, highly efficient lighting and appliance system.  Its high LEED may potentially propel the house for a LEED platinum rating. Other interior features also include: insulated folding glass doors and screens protecting users from humidity and insects while allowing natural light and air into the space;retractable louvre panels shading the perimeter of the house, guarding against direct sunlight and reducing the cooling cost;cabinets made from long lasting American hardwood  for its low carbon footprint;floor made from recycled VOC free wood with zero formaldehyde glues. The interior of the PerFORMDance House is designed around a central core that maximizes energy efficiency, optimizes free space, allows variation of use, provides maximum accessibility and ample storage space for its users.  The exterior contains a spacious bamboo deck, a water feature for its gray water biofiltration, planters filled with many species of low maintenance South Florida plants, and an edible garden that provides healthy diet and lower grocery bills. One can see that the design of PerFORMDance House is: functional, accessible, adaptable, and sustainable.  How about a tour of the PerFORMDance House now–>the clip of Florida International University’s PerFORMDance House of Solar Decathlon 2011 awaits you——>

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