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UCI - Energy Invitational

The UCI PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING PROJECT, founded in 1998 by Professor Michael McCarthy, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCI, is a time trial that tests student-built energy efficient vehicles. In 2011, Vital Link expanded the college competition to include high school.

Students in classes and clubs build their vehicles from the ground up or by modifying existing vehicles using a combination of energy sources. As students build their operational prototype, they acquire an understanding of electrical and mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, physics, materials science, alternative fuels, statistics, algebra, CAD/3D printing, technology and fabrication. They also learn about entrepreneurship, marketing and general management skills.

Vital Link and Southern California high schools are collaborating to provide an online, project-based learning environment. Students will work with industry professional mentors on developing the design for their energy-efficient vehicle. Final designs will be presented to an online panel of judges. Each team will explain their development skills in manufacturing and assembling, computer modeling, engineering, analysis, research and testing.

Design Presentation Due Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Design Presentation Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Time: To Be Determined


What Vital Link Needs from Each Team:

  • Team Name

  • Team Logo

  • Design of Vehicle

  • Final Team Presentation (PowerPoint)

  • Final Team Report (PDF)

  • Schedule with Mentor (Minimum of 4)

For more information please contact: Aurea Lawson at

UCI - Energy Invitational
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