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The First All-Female Team in Texas




Dear Prospective Sponsor: Our mission at the Coppell School of Engineering is to advance knowledge and educate our students in science, technology and areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. Now more than ever, there is a need for innovation and excellence in fields that will help solve the world’s energy challenge. Unfortunately, while the need for engineers is rising, the number of students entering college in fields of science and engineering is not keeping up. To this end, Coppell High School supports programs that allow students to explore and push the envelope of science and engineering. A shining example of this is the Coppell Solar Racing Team. Founded in the fall of 2007, Coppell Solar provides opportunities for students to apply classroom principles through a hands-on engineering project that involves designing, constructing, and racing a solar electric vehicle. A valuable aspect of Coppell Solar is that it promotes alternative energy and transportation through participation in solar car races and local community events. Students learn teamwork, develop engineering intuition, manage projects from inception to completion, and reach out to the community. This environment prepares them for life at college after Coppell High School by making them trustworthy teammates, skillful engineers, adept managers, and most importantly, committed citizens of the world. As a supporter of the Coppell Solar Racing Team, your company is making a strong statement. You’re showing your support for the future. You’re pledging your dedication to the education of local high school students and promoting the growth of solar technology and alternative energy. Sponsoring the Coppell Solar Racing Team provides an abundance of opportunities to have your company’s logo seen at many different events, including the Coppell 4th of July and Christmas parades, allowing for a great opportunity to enhance awareness and build your company’s image. Also, your logo will be seen at the Solar Car Challenge as teams race across the nation. Here, the brightest engineering students from high schools across the nation will all gather, giving your company a chance to show your support for what they love, engineering. Designing and building a traditional solar car has long presented a noteworthy engineering challenge. Coppell Solar is aiming to build two new cars and compete in the 2016 Solar Car Challenge. These young men and women seek your support to make this ambitious endeavor possible, and they have put together the enclosed sponsorship packet. I hope that you enjoy learning more about Coppell Solar and that you will be able to assist the team.


Mike Yakubovsky Engineering Instructor


The Coppell Solar Racing Team is a student led organization that designs and builds solar-powered electric vehicles. Students that participate in solar racing gain valuable experience in business, technology, and leadership. These skills will aid each team member beyond the scope of the project and provide the experience of a lifetime. 2008 was the team’s inaugural season. In the short nine months since the start of the project, the rookie team defied the odds by growing from a group of students who knew nothing of solar cars to one of only fifteen teams to compete in the 2008 DellWinston Solar Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. The students are a part of Coppell High School’s School of Engineering (SOE). Through SOE, students participate in a curriculum that prepares them to enter into engineering fields in college. The curriculum is based around projects that teach students about engineering and how to apply math and science to solve problems. In the first year, the team built Aurora, their first car. The goal for Aurora was to teach the students about the fundamentals of solar car racing. In 2009, the team took that knowledge and rebuilt Aurora. The focus for this vehicle was better aerodynamics and mechanical efficiency. The summer of 2011 was a successful one for the team as they raced their newly rebuilt car at Texas Motor Speedway, completing the entire 21 hour race. Then in 2014, more changes were made to Aurora to improve it’s weight, efficiency and mechanical structure. The teams efforts were justly rewarded as the car drove through the race that year without any major problems. The build season for 2015 race focused on overhauling Aurora’s suspension and steering systems. The added changes made the difference as the team raced through to achieve 300 miles.

TECHOLOGICAL INNOVATION Solar car racing stretches students in every aspect of the project. We work hard on design and building, but that is not the only aspect of solar car racing. In order to make sure the car is drivable and to allow proper time for testing, the team has a strict and grueling schedule to follow. Testing is where knowledge is gained and where the problems are found. Design is emphasized during the first stages of the project, so that everything can be finalized before the building starts.

“Holding a leadership position, like the Systems Integrator, for the Solar Car team has allowed me as a high school student to use skills in an extra-curricular activity that I otherwise would not use in school. Through this position I am able to use both my business skills and my engineering skills in junction, which in the future will help me to achieve success in both my college career and my professional career. As the Systems Integrator of this team I try my best to lead by example for the sake of the team, and the underclassmen who will replace me, once I leave for college. I hope that all future team members will use me as an example for the solar cars to come.” Ryan Kinder Senior, class of 2016

A solar car is a complex project. Students must work in the design process to create a complete a product that meets many rigid standards. This requires that all of the components must work together in harmony. These components may be “off-the shelf” parts or may be fabricated by the students themselves. It is more than just building a car. They must work towards efficiency while maintaining safety. At the same time, the team must incorporate electrical technology to support the car as well. While the cost of building a solar car seems high, the team makes sure that they balance conservative spending with competitive materials. Each year, the team takes a new step forward. The program gains knowledge and experience at an aggressively sustainable pace. Coppell Solar does not believe in just buying the best solar cells and motor available. The team works to learn how the components work together in order to maximize every part of the car. Solar car racing is about the entire system, not just solar cells and batteries. While it is unlikely that solar cell technology will power the family sedan, the work done by solar car teams is seen on the roads today. The advances in battery technologies and regenerative braking used by solar cars since the late 80s are at the heart of hybrid and all-electric passenger vehicles today. The advanced body designs and materials are finding their way into the aeronautical and automotive industries as companies work to cut costs by improving aerodynamics and saving weight.

STUDENT IMPACT In the fall of 2006, the CHS School of Engineering began with one course (The Infinity Project) and 30 students. Currently there are 260 students in our nationally recognized School of Engineering. The program is a way for students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering to explore projects and gain a better understanding of themselves and engineering. The program has been extremely successful at encouraging students to pursue a career in a science or engineering field. The program consists of five courses that students take over their four years in high school. The curriculum is progressive so that students are enabled to participate in higher level projects as they progress. The School of Engineering is working with the elementary and middle schools as well. There are two main areas of focus: to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering; and to work with the girls in the middle school to stay with the science and engineering programs. Research shows that girls lose interest in science and mathematics in the middle school grades and the presence of women in the engineering fields is greatly needed.


While the technical aspects of the car are important, The Coppell Solar Racing Team strives to make an impact on the community. In addition to designing and building the car, the team reaches out to and educates the public about renewable energy. The Coppell Solar Racing Team will be travelling extensively to expos, schools, and other events to educate the community about alternative energy, science and technology. Virtually every part on the car is designed and built by a member of the team, making this the greatest opportunity for students to get hands on experience here on campus. Team members are very generous with knowledge and share openly with other solar car teams and the public. The team members do all of this in their free time, and each member makes many sacrifices to do what’s best for the team and the community.

BRING A BETTER TOMORROW Coppell Solar is a non-profit organization that relies on the donation of materials and funds in order to make this project possible. Team members help raise money in order to complete the car and any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Through outreach events and the nationally recognized Solar Car Challenge, the team does everything that they can in order to get their sponsor’s names out to the public. With a substantial donation, The Coppell Solar Racing Team can attend your company’s events to show that you support renewable energy and education. The team would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our sponsors because there would not be a Coppell Solar Racing Team without your help. Thank you for your time in considering this proposal, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. As we continue to face rising energy costs and threats of global climate upset, solar car racing becomes even more impactful. Solar car racing can do for new energy resources what the current gas powered racing circuits do for automobile technology. The constant push for better race cars spurs innovation and drives engineers to create better products at a faster pace. By starting solar car racing at the high school level, we are able to send experienced and motivated students to the university level where research and development can expand dramatically.

Racing a solar car at Texas Motor Speedway was an incredible experience because we were on a well-known race track with a car we built. Meeting everyone was great too, getting to know people from all over the country and hearing about how they built their cars really helped us get a headstart on next year. The constant, persistent work situation made that week really unique because there weren’t many people who could say that they were racing a solar car at Texas Motor Speedway. Even though we had some problems, we were able to work through them. It was a great experience. Personally, I’ve learned so much more from just that individual week, working with others and meeting and talking to other teams, than I ever did in the classroom.” Cole Bennet, Junior, Class of 2017


In the 2014-2015 season we started with a strong team containing six returning veterans of the Solar Car Challenge. To make the year even better the vets were accompanied by many new members that were ready to learn and willing to work. Having an energetic team we were able to create a group of students that were knowledgeable about all that it took to create a successful car. During the year we made major changes to the car such as designing a new suspension, and a complete reworking of the wiring. At the end of the build process, everyone had grown individually and we had grown into a team that could work coherently. The 2015 Solar Car Challenge came around in mid-July and after a few weeks of working non-stop we were ready. The race consisted of twenty-four allotted driving hours at Texas Motor Speedway, spread over four days, and two days before to allow judges to conduct scrutineering on the car. We were the second team to complete scrutineering due to our knowledge of the race rules, and solid design of the car. Overall we finished with 300 miles with an 18 mph average which was enough to put us in 9th place. For us, the season marks a new era of success for Coppell Solar, and we plan to improve every year as we build on our accomplishments.

2015-2016 EVENTS Sept 12, 2015: Coppell Car Show

November 6-8, 2015: Showing at NASCAR Sprint Cup Race December 5, 2015: Coppell Parade of Lights April 2, 2016: CHS Engineering Expo April 2016: EcoCoppell Earthfest* April 2016: Earth Day Dallas* July 4, 2016: Coppell 4th of July Parade July 15-23, 2016: Solar Car Challenge - Cross Country Race - Ft. Worth to Minneapolis *Exact dates and locations still to be determined

2015 -2016 TEAM GOALS • Design and build a new car (Outlaw)

• Build 2nd car to compete in Advanced Division

• Less than 600 pounds

• Girls Team

• Average track speed 35 mph

• Add “Hub” motor technology

• Complete 2016 Solar Car Challenge - Classic Division.

• Target weight: Under 600 lbs

• Complete all 6 days of road racings

• Target average speed: 60 mph

• Target average speed: 25-30 mph (66% increase)

• Lithium Batteries

“Throughout the years in which both my brother and I have been involved with this team, I have learned so much; growing in my knowledge and leadership skills. As I began my career with this team I did not have the skills or knowledge required to properly construct the car. However, as I have found my niche in the team (Electrical Lead), I have also grown to fit the leadership position that I now hold. Through the experience this team has given me, I now have the knowledge to construct this car from top to bottom! In addition, my involvement with the team has helped me figure out what I want to do in the future especially in college and in the workplace. “ Olivia Alumnus, class of 2015



OPERATIONS Stipends Marketing Team Uniforms Team Building Technology


3,000 1,000 500 700 300 1,000





Driver Components


Gas Food Uniforms Incidentals Rentals Entry Hotel

Frame Components Body Components Electrical Components


1,100 9,000 800 1,960 2,100 800 11,000

4,500 4,700 19,500




BRONZE, plus

SILVER, plus

GOLD, plus

Promotion in, and subscription to, our team newsletter as well as appearance on

Name or logo on support vehicle, Team apparel and the car

Large logo on support vehicle, website, apparel and the car

Logo prominently displayed on Outlaw

$500 - $2,499

$2,500 - $4,999




$5,000 - $9,999

Opportunity for presentations by team

$10,000 OR MORE

Largest logo on support vehicle, website and apparel Promotion during media interviews and public appearances Availability of Outlaw for display at corporate locations

The 2010 race from Dallas to Pueblo, Colorado produced 49 million viewers according to the American Solar Energy Society. Tens of thousands of spectators line the race course providing encouragement to the students. Hundreds of Chambers of Commerce and civic groups encouraged and built public support for this project. It is an inspiration to all who see or hear of this event. The 2007 Solar Car Challenge from Dallas to New York reached 65 million viewers and readers across the United States. The Challenge was prominently shown on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and CNN International. The story of the race, and the dedication of the students, has been carried in all major media markets across the country.


The 2011 Track Race saw extensive coverage throughout the region and the nation. The race had 75 hits during the week in 26 different states and one clip on national TV from CNBC. Seven different TV markets in Texas showed clips. All six english-speaking newscasts in Dallas/Ft. Worth were present. Viewership Stats: • Total National Viewership: 10,110,319 • Total DFW Viewership: 2,069,564 • Total DFW Market Publicity Value: $121,256.41

Total value of sponsorship above includes cash and in-kind donations of materials and select services. As part of the not-forprofit Coppell High School, the Solar Car Team is a 501(c) 3 organization. All donations, whether cash or in-kind, are eligible for tax exemptions.


UNVEILING THE FIRST WOMEN’S SOLAR CAR TEAM IN TEXAS This year, along with Outlaw, the team is working hard to get our second car up and running. The team that is working on this car is comprised entirely of women. This team is the first all-women’s team in Texas and the only active all women’s team in the nation. The car will be entered in the Advanced Division of the Solar Car Challenge. The Advanced Division allows teams to use hub motors, more “exotic” batteries, and more efficient solar cells resulting in all around a faster, more aggressive car. Competition in this division is high as teams are able to run at highway speeds for long periods of time. Our women’s team has chosen to take on this challenge in spite of the difficulties ahead. We have a talented core group of returning veterans and new “recruits” ready to overcome whatever challenges they as a whole may face.





Brochures Team Uniforms

1,000 500 700

Team Building Technology

300 1,000





Gas Food Uniforms Incidentals Rentals Entry Hotel

Frame Components Body Components Electrical Components Driver Components


1,100 9,000 800 1,960 4,200 800 11,000

4,500 6,200 54,050 1,750


OUTLAW 2 The all women’s team will be building a car for the Advanced Division of the Solar Car Challenge, as opposed to the other team who is in the Classic Division. The Advanced Division allows the team to explore new and upcoming technologies for their solar car. Such as a hub motor and lithium ion batteries. These advanced technologies, as well as the cost of entirely new branding and marketing materials contribute to the increased cost of the women car.

COPPELL SOLAR COPPELL SOLAR RACING TEAM 185 West Parkway, Coppell TX, 75019 Tel: (214) 496-6237 or

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