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B'ville: Start your engines!

Baker High School will compete in the first ever CNY Electrathon Challenge, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday June 9 at the high school. The event is sponsored by the Baker High School Technology Department, the Cazenovia High School Electrathon

Racing Team, and the Cazenovia Athletic Association.

The Electrathon Challenge can best be described as an electric marathon in which schools will compete with electric cars that students have built and will be driving. According to Baker High School technology teacher Jamie Cuyler, each team's goal is not to cross a finish line first, but to go the longest distance in one hour on just battery power. Teams from Cazenovia, Rochester and Buffalo will also be participating in this inaugural event. Electrathon racing events are held all over the country, most sanctioned by Electrathon America, an organization designed to promote and develop electrathon racing as a sport that improves public understanding of electric vehicles. Races are mainly conducted for educational purposes. The Baldwinsville race is not a sanctioned Electrathon America event, but it will follow all of the organization's guidelines and rules as outlined in the organization's official handbook.

Baker High School's team is made up of students from Cuyler's engineering design and development class, which is part of the Project Lead the Way engineering sequence at the high school. Cuyler teaches the class with technology teacher Paul Mizer.

The students began building the team car in January, using a kit for the body and fabricating the rest of the car from materials that they modified themselves using their knowledge of engineering and design. Evans Chevrolet donated the red paint needed for the car's body, and Nami's Engraving & Awards donated the team's polo shirts. The students who primarily worked on the car are Mitch Collins, Tom Engels, Jake Neely and Howard Rotchford. Other members of the class also helped when needed. The car made its official debut in the Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade held on May 30.

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