TCHS’s RC Car Track gets upgrade, additions

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A new drivers stand was built and added to the track over winter break. Photo provided by Robert Parks.

The Lake Elsinore School District renovated the Remote Controlled Car Track at Temescal Canyon High School. Walkways and a retaining wall were installed to make the track more sustainable and better looking, new dirt for the racing surface was added and the track’s borders were replaced with tubing. A new drivers stand also was built and installed.

The track is open to the public and may be used any time school is not in session, including after school, weekends and holidays. Several local RC car clubs use the track for club events.

The track was built in 2012 by students on campus with the help of teacher Robert Parks. Robert also started Titan RC, a remote controlled car club for students. Titan RC’s mission is to promote safe and fun after-school activities while developing mechanical aptitude and pursuing related career interests in engineering and manufacturing.

The club has held several race series where students compete weekly. Students in the club also have taken field trips to Associated Electrics in Lake Forest, one of the world’s premier remote control car manufacturers. On these trips, students learned about the engineering and manufacturing of RC cars. Many of these students are also part of the Titan Engineering Academy.

For the past three years, the track has been used by the TCHS Special Education Department as an enrichment activity for students. RC race trucks were donated by Venom Electronics for student use.

There are plans to expand the RC Club on campus and to hold more races. The club would also like more community involvement.

For more information, contact Robert Parks at robert.parks@leusd.k12.ca.ua.

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