The Shell Eco-Marathon Race

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winner is the team that goes the furthest distance using the least amount of energy. This event also affords an outstanding engagement opportunity for current and future leaders who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the world’s energy challenge. 
The Granite Falls high school girl’s team is the first all women team entered in the Shell Eco competition. This fact has caught the attention of Shell Oil International, and they are following their progress.
Professional oversight is provided by Granite Falls High School’s manufacturing instructor, Michael Werner. He is experienced in Formula race cars, antique airplane restoration and educating students in manual arts.
The girls of Granite Falls High School received the Carl Perkins Federal grant supporting women in non-traditional roles to build a Prototype diesel powered car.

Urban Concept Car – Granite Falls HS Support for the Urban Concept Car team/project came from a WA State Grant for “Future High Demand Professions”. Our major sponsorship is from the Centers of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing.
To learn more about the race and follow them in Houston, read their blog at:


About COEAerospace

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing of Washington state is a conduit for collaboration and engagement between industry and K-12 and post secondary higher education. We work to develop the talent pipeline and economic infrastructure to facilitate continuous innovation and growth for aerospace and manufacturing in our state and beyond.
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