Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  Community, Science & Technology, Announcements

By News and Internal Communications

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 3, 2019 – The parking lot in front of the UTRGV Biomedical Research and Health Building on the Brownsville Campus will be the site for the second annual UTRGV Electric Car Competition, Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.

Twenty-five teams representing middle schools, high schools and colleges from across the Rio Grande Valley will compete in the competition, which brings the excitement of motorsport to inspire middle and high school students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies. 

The students are working hard designing their cars, and will then test what they have learned at the competition. Teams also will undergo scrutineering, and will show their marketing skills by competing in a presentation component of the competition.

The Electric Car Competition is coordinated by the UTRGV Office of Community Relations through the support of generous sponsors.


Friday, April 5

1:30-4 p.m.: Meet the students, see the electric cars they have built and then watch them test their cars in practice runs.

Saturday, April 6

10:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies/Parade of Teams

11:15 a.m.: Middle School Race Begins (Group A)

1:15 p.m.: High School Race Begins (Group B)

3:15 p.m.: High School and College Races Begins (Group C)

6 p.m.: Awards Ceremony 

UTRGV Project Coordinator / 956-882-5058


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.