Power Systems Research Supports STEM Programs
In the photo above, the electric experimental vehicle sponsored by Power Systems Reseach and built by a team of Minnesota high school students, won its class in the 2017 Internation Shell Eco-Marathon held in London.
Power Systems Research (PSR) is committed to giving back to its community and to stimulating the growth and education of America's future scientists and engineers now studying at the high school level.
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 Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT) at St. Thomas Academy in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and Lightning Robotics FIRST teams at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN.
You'll be able to follow the activities and triumphs of these teams on this page.
Apr 23, 2018
For the second time, the PSR-STA experimental vehicle won the Drivers' World Championship Americas!
Power Systems has sponsored the high school Experimental Vehicle team at St. Thomas Academy in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, for several years.
The team won the International Championship in London last year, competing against some of the best high school and university engineering teams in the world.
The team posted a run of 102 kilometers per kilowatt hour or the gas equivalent to around 3,250 MPG!!!
After its win on Sunday, April 22, in the Shell Eco- >Read more
Apr 13, 2018
Katie Hendricksen, a senior at First Baptist High School, Eagan, Minnesota, is the recipient of the 2019 Power Systems Research $2,500 academic scholarship.
Hendricksen will use the scholarship to study computer science at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.
"My favorite subject is computer science," says Hendricksen. "It's fun and I can share what I have learned through community outreach."
She participates in the school's robotics program, and she says she loves to ice skate and play the ukulele in her free time.
Power Systems Research has been supporting >Read more
Aug 22, 2017
Editor's Note: Caroline Little teaches all levels of French and moderates an engineering co-curricular at St. Thomas Academy, an all-boys school in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Here she provides a report on the program and the benefits it provides to participating students.
Power Systems Research has been a lead sponsor of the special Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT) at St. Thomas for many years. This year, the team won its class in the Shell Eco-Marathon international competition in London. This report from Ms. Little discusses the program and the benefits it provides >Read more
May 31, 2017
Power Systems Research again has contributed $2,500 to the Eagan (Minnesota) Foundation to fund a college scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to a student who will attend a four-year college with a career objective in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).
Gnatkowski plans to attend the University of Iowa where he is going to study Actuarial Science.
His favorite subject? "Math. I love challenging myself and finding solutions to different types of problems. It is also one of the classes where you learn something new every time, and that is very >Read more
May 28, 2017
Eagan, Minnesota--The St. Thomas Academy (STA) high school Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT) that's sponsored by Power Systems Research, won its class in the International Shell Eco-Marathon Driver's World Champions held May 28, 2017, in London.
The race was cancelled after the first of four laps due to rain, but STA had the fastest lap in the time trial and was in first place by a wide margin when the race was called. Our team's good fortune this year makes up for our bad luck last year when the STA car crashed while leading the race. >Read more