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About Us

Cougar Electric Car Company is made up of students at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Students work in teams to design and construct safe, energy-efficient electric one-person vehicles that they showcase during a series of rallies across the Midwest. 


This is Hand-On Education

Team members apply what they’ve learned in math, science, vocational education,literacy/language arts– and more.


The program is designed to challenge students to:

  • Apply classroom lessons to build a one-person light electric vehicle

  • Design and engineer the vehicle to roll safely and efficiently

  • Use problem-solving skills

  • Promote efforts in the community to gain support

  • Compete against other schools to see whose vehicle performs best

  • Document the design/build/compete process

The program was launched by two students and Kennedy teacher Barry Wilson in 1997. Since then, the program has impacted hundreds of students and sparked interest in manufacturing, engineering, automotive, alternative energy, and many more career paths.

Cougar Electric Car Company History

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