Examples of possible components are:
Making a scaled working prototype while being mindful of energy efficiency.
Work with people from your city planning department or another public office
to research the potential benefits and challenges of a podcar network in your city.
Portray a podcar or podcar network with an emphasis on visual appeal and realism.
Organize an event where students and community can learn about
and discuss podcars. Gather opinions and findings during the event.
Teams will have a project focus and may include more members from one discipline than another.
Team members can contribute to the project on an advanced or entry level,
meaning the level of contribution can differ between team members. Teams are
required to have a minimum of three core members contributing at an advanced level.
In addition to the core group, teams will need to identify members who can make entry
level contributions addressing the various components.
Some examples of advanced and limited contributions are:
Focusing on the technical and societal components of a large scale podcar network
by building multiple layouts which contribute to significant efficiency gains, while
simultaneously initiating a dialog with other team members who are conducting a poll to
determine what information about podcars is most effective in influencing public opinion.
Designing and implementing a painting scheme for the podcars and track.
Creating a survey and using it to poll public opinion about various aspects of podcars in your city.
Team success is not judged solely on completing a working design. Team performance will also
be judged on visual appeal, public input, energy efficiency, city input, and any other components
that advance the scope of realism in the project. It is important to remember that for a transportation
system to be implemented in a city it must be well received by the public and governing city agencies.
Professors are encouraged to incorporate the Solar Skyways Challenge in their university curriculum,
thereby allowing students to satisfy educational requirements while gaining green industry experience.
The goal of the Solar Skyways Challenge is to help cities move towards a more sustainable future while empowering students
to take an active part in designing the infrastructure of the cities in which they live. INIST will help students
establish entitlements and work with Bay Area cities in conjunction with students and professors to lay the groundwork
for the implementation of solar-powered ATN's.