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Teens rev up engines with sun’s rays in A-Blazing Race
October 22, 2015

As a part of a fun-filled E-Day, 22 local high school and middle school teams are harnessing the sun’s rays to see who has the fastest and coolest solar-powered car on the track.

MLGW’s A-Blazing Race is a part of the University of Memphis’ Engineering Day set for Friday, Oct. 23. One past winning team fashioned a miniature car from a Girl Scout cookie box to claim first prize. The teams are racing in a series of head-to-head competitions with double elimination.

Dozens of high school and middle school students are expected to compete at various events and activities like the Egg Drop contest and FIRST Lego League, a robotics competition, at E-Day, hosted by Herff College of Engineering.

What: E-Day & A-Blazing Race Competition

When: Friday, Oct. 23

• Car Race: 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with 17 middle school teams competing

• Car Race: 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. with five high school teams competing

Where: Race in the U of M parking lot at Zach Curlin and Norriswood

Parking: Central Avenue lot or Zach Curlin parking garage near Campus School. Call 901-678-2212 to get an advance parking pass or for any parking questions.

Who’s competing: Arlington, Bartlett and East High schools; White Station, Collierville, Sherwood, Germantown, Houston and Millington Middle schools and Memphis Homeschool Tutorial. (Some schools have three separate teams made up of two to eight students on each team.)

Prizes awarded for speed, best design and best notebook for the A-Blazing Race. To see a past solar race, go to