Iowa Electrathon 'charges' to finish at the UNI campus

Posted on Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Patricia Higby, energy educator, UNI CEEE, (319) 273-6012
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) and Cedar Falls Utilities will bring the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon to the UNI campus on Saturday, Sept. 24. Inspections begin at 7 a.m., and the first heat of the final race of the season begins at 9:30 a.m. Races are in the parking lot across University Ave. from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

The Electrathon is a program for high school and college students who design and build one-person electric cars. The race is an endurance competition in which the battery-powered car completing the most laps in one hour wins. For this unique task, students must use their math, science and technological skills to build the car. They also must use their best business and language skills to get local businesses to sponsor their team.

'In addition to the educational benefit, building these non-polluting cars gives students the chance to explore the possibility of powering vehicles using electricity instead of oil,' said Patricia Higby, energy educator at the CEEE.

For more information about the Iowa Electrathon, contact Higby at (319) 273-6012 or