Rare Chance to Ride in a Solar Car – in Marshalltown -- June 24th
Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Iowa State Solar Car will be at the Marshalltown Courthouse and visitors will not only have a unique opportunity to see the car up close, but also have an opportunity to take a ride.
Iowa State University (ISU) students have been designing, building and racing solar cars since 1989, but this year is very different. Under the name Team PrISUm, ISU’s solar cars have won numerous races in the United States and the team is considered to be one of the best in the nation. Yet something has been missing.
Every other car has had room for a driver, but nothing else. Two years ago the ISU students decided they wanted to change the future of transportation by designing and building a solar car that can hold 4 people, plus luggage – a solar car that could be operated on the road. These young students, right here in Iowa, are doing what no other U.S. university is doing. Now you will have the rare opportunity to see it and ride in it!
The morning festivities will start at 9:00 a.m. with a police escort for Cy, ISU’s mascot, and the ISU Solar Car driving on Main Street from 3rd Street to the Courthouse Square. Live music will start at 9:30 a.m., with numerous food trucks and vendors to keep visitors fed as well as even more vendors with arts and craft to make the morning even more fun and festive. There will also be a large car show on Main Street – a great way to compare the past with the future. There will also be a free STEM project – a chance for young people to build and take home their very own mini solar car.
Team PrISUm will make a formal presentation at 10:30 a.m., but the students will be around to answer questions throughout the entire four hours of the event. Come enjoy this free event for the community.
- Police escort of solar car down Main Street
- Car Show on Main Street
- Food Trucks and Vendors on the Square
- Arts and Crafts Vendors on the Square
- STEM project – build a mini solar car for free
- Chance to see solar car and take a ride
- Live music
- Presentation from Team PrISUm
- Team PrISUm departs