Members of the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Performance Engineering Team traveled to Houston, Texas to compete in the 2011 Shell Eco-Marathon held April 14 to 18. The C-NS team and their vehicle, known as the Clean Green Machine, took first place for the second consecutive year in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Prototype Class.
The Shell Eco-Marathon brought together teams from 68 colleges, universities and high schools to participate in several different categories of the Extreme Mileage Competition. The C-NS vehicle was able to attain 44.1 miles per kilowatt hours-equal to 1,451 miles per gallon-to beat out two universities in their class: California State University Los Angeles and Lamar University of Beaumont, Texas. The first place finish in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class earned the school an award of $1,500.
In addition to prize money and a first place trophy, the students also gained invaluable engineering skills. The team included twelfth graders Eric Avery, Alexander Julian, Tyler Mannise and Nicholas Pietricola; and eleventh graders Michael Ann Baker and Mike Madonna. The advisor of the Engineering Team is C-NS Technology teacher, Martin Miner.
The construction of the vehicle and the trip to Houston were made possible through State and Federal grants along with generous contributions of services and materials by several local companies. Main sponsors included Carrier Corporation, Reynoldstech, and JPW Riggers.
For more information about the C-NS Student Engineering Club visit their website at nscsd.org.