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TdS Report #56: Simon Hauger Receives the 2002 EV Teacher Aw

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TdS Report #56: Simon Hauger Receives the 2002 EV Teacher Award

The Tour de Sol awarded the 2002 George Bradford Electric Vehicle Teacher Award
to Simon Hauger, one of the advisors to the West Philadelphia High School Team
that entered "Soljourner 1" and "Soljourner 2". He teaches math and physics
and has helped the students compete successfully at these past three Tours. I
caught up with him at the final finish line.

"It is a real honor to win the award and a privilege to be associated with such
a great the event. Everyone here makes it an excellent experience for the
participants. We had a blast two years ago, and last year, and again this

How did this all get started? "It has along history. 5 years ago, 3 students
made an electric go-kart for a race sponsored in Philadelphia that was
canceled. They turned it into a science fair project. The following year they
converted a Jeep Wrangler to electric power for a science fair project. The
next year they wanted to do something bigger. So, we got a Saturn and brought
that to the Tour de Sol.

Simon was involved from the beginning. "I was big on science fairs because it
pulls together a lot of disciplines in teaching. After the go-kart I kept
challenging them to take it farther. Their interest was definitely there."

Another teacher had heard about the Tour de Sol from when it was in
Philadelphia in 1996 and planted the bug that led to their entering.

As I was thanking Simon for the interview, I asked some of the West Philly team
how they thought they did. "You just wait and see!" was the answer.

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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
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For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
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