Mark Westlake

of Saint Thomas Academy

Mark Westlake is the Moderator of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team. When he isn’t fretting about where the next donation is going to come from or how much welding his students will send home with him, he teaches Honors Physics at Saint Thomas Academy and serves as a Master Teacher for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Program.

A Movie-Like Ending at Eco-marathon

I guess it was important for us to enjoy the ENTIRE Shell Eco-marathon experience. With 10 minutes to go on the very last day of competition, our electric urban concept car fell from first to second place, beaten by a Dixie Cup’s worth of energy.  The story would be gut-wrenching if it had not been…

10 Things Learned on the Way to Eco-marathon

Well the vehicles are loaded and on the way to Houston. My whole team of young Henry Fords are exhausted. Today I’m going to show the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? in Physics. It has been a very busy ten days. Some things I have learned from the past week: 10. Your diet is…

Comments Off on Giving Our Car a ‘Time-Out’ as Race Time Approaches

Hmmm… Aren’t we on Spring Break? It is 6:00am Saturday, the first day of Spring Break for the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team. As I walk out the door a blast of 10°F  (-12°C) air strikes me in the face. This won’t be a good day to test the vehicles! Ah, Spring in Minnesota.…

Two Sibling Cars: One Easy, One Mischievious

Will spilled resin wash out of my uniform pants? Oh no! Not that question again! I warn students that they should bring a change of clothes to the shop, and it should be something they will never wear in public again. How many times will youthful enthusiasm override common sense? Someone’s mom is not going…