What Is Outreach?

PrISUm shows off Penumbra as part of Iowa State's Extension and Outreach program
Team PrISUm attends many events across the state of Iowa in order to educate the public about the importance of sustainability and our goals as a team. Our top priority is to show people the future of transportation and the importance of renewable energy sources such as solar power.

Lives Touched

PrISUm takes great pride in both the number and diversity of people we reach. After each event we attend, present members give their best estimate to the number of people we meaningfully reached. This number is then recorded and added to the previous number. This practice dates back to generations of cars ago as our organization puts emphasis on giving back to the community.

Why We Do Outreach

P8 - Fusion being shown off on SunRun 2007
In order to change the future of transportation, it is necessary to educate the leaders of tomorrow on automotive innovations. Through our outreach efforts, PrISUm reaches over a quarter of a million individuals annually. Invite us to your next event and be the spark that creates the next Thomas Edison or Elon Musk.


PrISUm gives a presentation about solar vehicles on SunRun 2007
SunRun is an annual Team PrISUm event in which we drive the solar car around the state of Iowa promoting STEM education, showing off the car, and getting communities excited about sustainable transportation. In 2017, we conducted a 3,000 mile, 3-week trip through the each of the 99 counties in Iowa and reached over 600,000 people. We stopped at schools, community events, visited our partners, and even participated in a parade! The overarching purpose of SunRun is to do outreach with local communities. This event is special not only because of its scale, but also because of the level of interaction the public can engage in with both the solar car and the students that devoted their time and efforts to help design, build, and race it. We are currently in the process of finalizing the schedule for SunRun 2018. Please stay tuned on our social media for the final SunRun 2018 route.
Photo outside Quatro Composites, a sponsor of P12
A quick photo outside the Des Moines capitol building

Invite Us

Hosting an event and want to create a truly memorable experience for your guests? Invite PrISUm to your next outing and learn first hand how Iowa State University students are changing the paradigm of transportation. Please give us at least three weeks notice before the date of your event.

Virtual Outreach

Unfortunately, PrISUm cannot make it to every outreach event we are asked to attend. While we try our hardest to be there in person, occasionally we are constrained due to distance or prior commitments. To resolve this issue, members engineered a solution that allows PrISUm to visit your classroom or workplace virtually. Email the team at "solarcar (at) prisum.org" to find out how you can tour our facilities and see our vehicles while learning how and why solar-powered vehicles are the future of transportation.

Nate Coonrod interviews for a video on Team PrISUm

Where We'll Be

PrISUm Solar Car