So why does any of this matter?
First consider this--What were you thinking about the day you graduated? Did you have a job lined up? Was your world filled with uncertainty? Whatever the case, things worked out, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Today, uncertainty is guaranteed. For college students who are training to enter the workforce to lead, develop new businesses, and shape our future, being able to navigate the uncertainty is more important than ever.
This is where we come in. We are a team of students united under one goal -- to build and race a solar-powered electric car, but it's more than that. Along the way, we are discovering new passions, learning to work in teams, and putting action behind the skills we’re learning in the classroom. In other words, we’re finding our way.
There is no project like this in Montana. Electric vehicles are supplanting gas-powered vehicles at an alarming rate and figuring out how to power them is a problem that may never go away. How are we training our students to address our transportation needs? Bridger Solar Team gives students hands-on experience with one of the fastest growing industries in the world while still in school.
And we have to fund it, too. Very little funding comes from the University itself. In order to make this project a success, we must raise over $60,000 to design, build, and race our vehicle.
What a completed vehicle means to our community is significant. This car, and competing with it, will serve as a hallmark achievement to the world from our community. It will show how we overcame obstacles outside of our control to innovate, create, and advance together. It will also inspire our Bozeman community, particularly the youngest minds, as we work towards increasing the educational opportunities that come with a completed solar car.
This is why we’re asking you for help. This car is more than an engineering project--it’s a vehicle for success for all of Montana. Think again back to your time in college. Were you scared? Excited? Nervous? The Montana solar vehicle project is a tool for students to navigate the uncertainty of today. We want to give all students, from kindergarten to college and beyond, a chance to succeed. You can make this a reality. You can help us build a bright future for our community, our state, and our nation.