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This year, the familiar sounds of purring engines, power tools and hurried conversation in the paddock area are joined by pulsating bass tones, whooshing paper airplanes and the hum of salt water cars circling the track in the Shell Energy Lab.

The exhibition area features interactive stations showcasing the ways innovation is helping to solve energy challenges, including a track where visitors can assemble and operate small-scale cars that run on salt water; a dance floor which transfers kinetic energy from motion to charge cell phones; and the UN Mpowering Mobile Recording Studio, an electronics filled bus that connects young people around the world to discuss global issues.

Visitors try different moves on the kinetic dance floor

Visitors try different moves on the kinetic dance floor

Guests making their ways through the Shell Energy Lab area Saturday morning included several local school groups – some in support of classmates participating in Shell Eco-marathon Americas and others taking in the experience on a one-of-a kind field trip.

“When we pulled up this morning, we just thought it was so cool to see all the cars coming around the track,” said Dominique Gobert, a teacher and administrator from Tekoa Academy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) School in Port Arthur, Texas.

“Then, we came inside and saw everything set up here — all of these exhibits are so great!”

“I’m a Formula One nerd, so seeing the Scuderia Ferrari car here was really awesome,” said Alan Sue of the Westside Engineering and Geosciences Academy.

“I’m not the best dancer, but the dance floor was cool too,” he added.

If you haven’t had a chance to make your way through the Shell Energy Lab, be sure to stop on by! The exhibit will be open through Sunday afternoon.

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