The St. Thomas Academy (STA) high school Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT) will be competing in the international Shell Eco-Marathon competition in London for the second consecutive year. Last year, the team was leading in its competition when the car missed a turn and crashed.

The Drivers' World Championship competition will take place on Sunday May 28, starting at 3:00 pm and going until 4:45 pm. The awards ceremony for the Drivers' World Championship will be from 4:45 - 5:00 pm.

The competition will be held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ( starting Tuesday, May 23 until the final race day on Sunday.

The venue, via Make the Future London (, will be open to the public starting on May 25.

The team came in first in its category, Urban Concept Battery Electric, in the national competition in Detroit last month, with a total of 50.3 miles per kilowatt hours. It also placed first in the regional qualifier of the Drivers World Championship in London. 

PSR has been sponsoring the EVT at the high school in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, USA, for several years, and we have one of the team's early models on display in our lobby in Eagan.

George Zirnhelt, the founder of PSR, was a generous donor to many community organizations, especially those involving high school students interested in engineering and science. Two projects in particular attracted his interest: The STA Experimental Vehicle Team and the Lightning Robotics FIRST teams at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN.

Here are more stories on the STA EVT team and the robotics program: