Iowa Electrathon kicks off at Iowa's International Raceway

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 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) will co-sponsor the Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon spring race Saturday, May 14, at the Iowa International Raceway in Marshalltown. The first heat begins at 11:30 a.m.

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 car completing the most laps in one hour wins. Cars are battery-powered. Because of 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