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A Look Back at 2011 Day One

Shell Eco-marathon in the urban environment of Downtown Houston, TX. Watch videos from day one of last year's event.

The first day of Shell Eco-marathon is a bustle of activity as student teams from across the region get themselves and their gear in place to compete. Between registration, technical inspections where teams make sure their vehicles meet the specifications for the competition, and opening ceremony pomp and circumstance, there is a lot to do.  Some teams even opt to camp out in the convention center to be there 24 hours a day over the long weekend.

Day One at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2011 - Part 1

Shell Eco-marathon challenges teams of science, engineering and technology students around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles capable of traveling more than 3,000 miles on the equivalent of one liter of fuel.

Day One at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2011 - Part 2

The event traces its roots back to 1939 and a friendly bet between scientists at a Shell research facility in Illinois, as to who could drive their own car the farthest on a gallon of fuel. The winner managed a little over 50 MPG. While the times have changed, the challenge and ingenuity remains.

Day One at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2011 - Part 3

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The event is open to the public for all three days of the event and accessible (Discovery Green) dawn to dusk.