Westside Students Win Big at Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Allison Falender, Technology Manager Shell Global Solutions, and Niel Golightly, Vice President of Communications, Upstream Americas present Westside student Timothy Huang with the Eco-design Award at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 on Sunday, April 7, in downtown Houston.

The WEGA Gents take eco-design seriously. So seriously that the student team from the Westside Engineering and Geosciences Academy (WEGA) at Westside High School won the Best Eco-design Award for the second year in a row at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas this past weekend.

See photos of the Westside teams at the event.

The Eco-design Award is presented to the team that designs a vehicle with enhanced fuel efficiency and incorporates recycled and eco-friendly material. WEGA Gent member Timothy Huang represented his teammates and received the $2,000 prize for the battery-powered vehicle, aptly named “The Boss.”

See photos of the Westside teams working on their vehicles.

Other Westside teams that raced energy-efficient vehicles this year include the League of WEGA and WEGA Wolves. “We hope to make it a dynasty next year with new design ideas for the body,” said WEGA Dean of Students Sarah Castro. “We are very proud of our three car teams.”

Read more about the competition and Westside’s preparation.

The League of WEGA team from Westside HS and their vehicle, "The Bambooster." Photo courtesy of @WEGATweet.

The League of WEGA’s car, “The Bambooster,” will be featured in the Shell Eco-marathon’s People’s Choice Awards beginning on April 13. The public is invited to vote for the vehicle from April 13-29. If The Bambooster wins, students at Westside could receive $1,000 to use for future eco-friendly designs.

Click here to vote for The Bambooster.