Ago LoBello - 6/28/2017
This past weekend marked the end of #SunRun99, PrISUm’s 99 county tour of Iowa
kicked off on June 2nd with the unveiling of the Penumbra.
When we planned this event, it seemed like a monstrously complex task to visit
county in our home state. This feat could not have been accomplished without the
help of Iowa State University Extension Offices, Center for Industrial Research
Service (CIRAS), our phenomenal partners who graciously hosted SunRun stops, and
the community members. The involvement we experienced from our community truly
motivated members like Joey Anderson who recalled how they felt during their
"The look in the eyes future generations when they became inspired by the
knowing that we made an impact across Iowa by showing off our solar car made
day of SunRun absolutely fantastic"
Outreach is one of the pillars of this organization. At one point, every member
of this team was inspired to choose the path of STEM and pursue changing the
paradigm of transportation through PrISUm Solar Car. Smeet Mistry, a member of
our team, captured it best when he said
"The best part of SunRun is seeing the look of wonder and excitement on a
kid's face. When they grab a hold of the steering wheel, or drag around the
map on the infotainment system, or peer through the side view cameras on the
dash and you see their faces just light up. That's what makes SunRun special
and so important."
SunRun has allowed us to personally connect with so many members of our
community in meaningful ways. We had so many engaging conversations and really
enjoyed showing you all what we’ve been so diligently working on all year.
The success of this event drives us all to do our best work and what we learned
during this tour of Iowa will be invaluable as we pivot ourselves to prepare for
Australia. We received valuable input from members of the community and
developed new ideas for how to further improve Penumbra to insure we take home
first place at competition.
To learn more about the team, be sure to follow us on social media or check out the rest of our website.