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Winner: Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Americas Award

When the global pandemic hit, Taq Balam quickly set out to help their community. Some team members were part of their University effort to help create an innovative mechanical ventilator to assist critical COVID-19 patients, while others developed a proposal for plastic bags that included a chemical to help eliminate the COVID-19 virus.

Recognizing the difficulties that some of their peers faced, the team also organized a fundraising campaign to ensure these students could continue to keep up their studies at the University during the pandemic.

Together with their faculty advisor, the team also transformed bioethanol that was used as fuel for their prototype vehicle into hand sanitizer, made on site at the university from renewable resources, which the team donated to a nursing home in Guatemala City.

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Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Americas Stories

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Title: Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Americas Stories

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Description: Virtual conversations with the Shell Eco-marathon Americas teams

[Audio]

Gentle music begins

[Video footage]

A team of eight people, Team Taq Balam are seen in individual boxes as if in a video conference style interface. A line of three men at the top, a woman and man in the centre and a woman and two men along the bottom. Arranged on a purple rectangle over a blue background.

Katherine:

Hi

[Video footage]

The conference changes to a second team with seven members both men and women of the Drop Team. Arranged on a purple rectangle over a blue background.

Thales:

Oi

[Video footage]

Once again the team changes this time to the eight men and women of Team Kiri Fan. Again on a purple rectangle over a blue background.

Mariela:

Hi

[Video footage]

We now see two members of Bearcat Motorsports in two boxes side by side.

Jackson:

Hi There

[Video footage]

The screen fills with a yellow background with circles turning around. Text appears above the circles with four icons below a handshake, a heart, a spanner and a smiley face with drop on the top right.

[Text displays]

Against the backdrop of an extraordinary year, come great feats of perseverance, compassion, empathy and innovation from our #ShellEcoMarathon teams...

[Music]

Gentle Ambient music with a beat plays throughout.

[Video footage]

A video plays showing the bearcat motorsports team working around a grey table with an American flag on the centre. The video is shown in a box over a purple back ground.

[Text displays]

BEARCAT MOTORSPORTS TEAM

[Video footage]

We see footage of the Kiri Fan team working around their car. A driver sits in the car as the team work around them in sped up footage. The Kiri Fan Logo is seen in the bottom right of the frame. The Argentinian flag is in the centre of the frame. The video is shown in a box over a purple back ground.

[Test displays]

KIRI FAN TEAM

[Video footage]

We see the Drop team working in close up on their vehicle we zoom in slowly the Brazilian flag now fades in the centre. The video is shown in a box over a purple back ground.

[Test displays]

DROP TEAM

[Video footage]

We see four members of Team Taq Balam carrying a car past some yellow school busses. The Guatemala flag appears over the footage. The video is shown in a box over a purple back ground.

[Text displays]

TEAM TAQ BALAM

[Video footage]

Blue circles fill the screen over the top of the image leaving bluse circles turning with text displayed in the centre.

[Text displays]

Here are some of their amazing stories.

[Video footage]

Orange circles emerge from the centre of the screen replacing the blue circles. An American flag at the bottom of the screen.

[Text displays]

AMERICAS – BEARCAT MOTORSPORTS TEAM USA

[Video footage]

Blue circles wipe the frame and reveal Jackson from Bearcat Motorsports in a zoom style box in the centre of the screen.

Jackson:

Right after we got back from the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon, Ruston was hit by a devastating tornado that tore up our shop and the surrounding area around the school and houses

[Video footage]

The image cuts to an image panning around the devastated ruins of Ruston after the tornado.

Jackson:

and it's been a kind of a hard road to try and get back to where we were because we lost time, tools, space and it's been hard to not only rebuild ourselves but just to kind of help out the community around us coz they also needed a lot more help than we did.

[Video footage]

We cut to a conference call style split of the Bearcat Motorsports team with four images arranged in a simulated zoom call. It then cuts to the team working around a table. Followed by a shot of more damaged buildings.

[Text displays]

REBUILD OURSELVES

[Text displays]

Help the community

[Video footage]

We see Jackson sat in a zoom style image. Which is then replaced by a four way split in the zoom style interface of the Bearcat motorsports team.

Lauren:

We were determined to make sure that we could still build our cars and build them well. We learned that we could still do it and we could persevere even with the challenges we faced.

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DETERMINED

[Video footage]

We see the Bearcats Motorsports workshop Now tidied up with their car in the centre. Followed by images of team members working under the car and welding before we see Lauren in the centre of the zoom call box.

[Text displays]

PEREVERE

[Video footage]

Which then changes to the four way zoom gallery view with Lauren in top left. The screen then transitions with expanding yellow circles to a slide with text on it with a background of yellow circles and an Argentinian flag in the centre at the bottom.

[Text displays]

AMERICAS

KIRI FAN TEAM

ARGENTINA

[Video footage]

A circle wipe reveals Àlvaro sat in a zoom style box in the centre of a blue background. This then becomes a team zoom call with eight of the team members of Kiri fan team. Then cutting to images of the manufactured face masks and the manufacturing process.

Álvaro:

When the pandemic started we realised there was a lack of face shields for health employees here in Argentina, we managed to link our team with different organisations to plan the manufacturing of one thousand face shields with totally donated materials.

[Video footage]

We then cut back to Àlvaro followed by images of five doctors wearing facemasks and images of the facemasks they created.

[Text displays]

ONE THOUSAND FACE SHIELDS

[Video Footage]

Nacho appears in the zoom call box. Followed by the KIRI FAN TEAM in a zoom call gallery view.

[Text displays]

HELP OTHERS

[Video Footage]

Then two drivers clasping hands and a shot of the car with the team against a yellow Shell backdrop for the Eco-marathon. Finally with the KIRI FAN TEAM in a zoom call gallery view.

Nacho:

We realised that we can help others. That we are not just a team of students, of engineers that are competing in a competition but we are more.

[Text displays]

WE ARE MORE

[Video Footage]

A circle wipe appears again revealing an orange backdrop with circles. A Brazilian flag a the bottom centre.

[Text Displays]

AMERICAS

DROP TEAM

BRAZIL

[Video Footage]

A circle wipe reveals ANA from drop team in a rectangular box on a blue background.

Ana:

(In Portuguese) We noticed that many people were socially vulnerable and Drop Team needed to do something to help those in difficult situations.

[Text Displays]

DO SOMETHING TO HELP

Thales:

(In Portuguese) We worked on several fronts and one of the main ones we worked on was cutting plates and printing brackets to make face masks. We also worked with a Covid-19 awareness campaign on the correct way to wear face masks, the importance of washing your hands and the importance of staying at home

[Video Footage]

We see a CNC machine creating a pattern then the prototype masks and the team holding their products. Then the image returns to Thales before cutting to IGOR.

Igor:

(In Portuguese) We learned how important it is to exercise empathy and compassion in such a delicate and complicated time.

[Text Displays]

EMPATHY

COMPASSION

[Video Footage]

We see seven of team in a zoom call gallery view waving at the camera. Circle wipes then reveal an orange background with circles and a Guatemalan flag in the bottom centre.

[Text Displays]

AMERICAS

TEAM TAQ BALAM

GUATEMALA

[Video Footage]

We see eight of the team taq members in a zoom call. With Sergio speaking.

[Text Displays]

POSITIVELY IMPACT

[Video Footage]

We see A still of a team of people holding the words Gracias on sheets of paper.

[Text Displays]

WORK AND EFFORT

[Video Footage]

Katherine is seen in the centre of the screen is a box against a blue background.

Katherine:

The bio-ethanol that once was used as fuel for our vehicle was transformed into hand sanitiser and was donated to a nursing home.

[Video Footage]

We see shots of the Bio Ethanokl being converted by a man in a white coat followed by it being delivered in a box to a nursing home. Followed by a shot of Team Taq Balam lying around their vehicle the Shell Pecten can be seen on the rear of the car.

Sergio:

If Taq Balam has proven something in the past, it's that if there is a challenge, there's a solution.

[Video footage]

We see team Taq Balam in a zoom call style gallery which then expands to show Sergio in the box over a blue backdrop. We then see the whole team waving at the camera.

[Text Displays]

CHALLENGE

SOLUTION

[Video Footage]

Yellow and blue circles expand to reveal a plain blue background with text in a white box and emoji’s of a hear, two hands shaking a spanner and a smily face with a drop of water to the upper right.

[Text Displays]

Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon – AMERICAS

Thank You so much Shell Eco-marathon.

[Video Footage]

A circle wipe reveals the four team, each in gallery view and then we see an image of the WALL OF FAME with the teams dressed in red behind two of the teams cars, one red and one white.

Various voices:

Thank You so Much Eco-marathon.

[Video Footage]

We see a team working on a project, followed by a car driving along a test track. Both images are seen in a box on a purple background.

[Audio]

Shell brand mnemonic plays on piano.

[Graphic]

Shell Pecten centred on a background of turquoise and yellow cogs.

[Text displays]

#MakeTheFuture

#ShellEcoMarathon

© Shell International Limited 2020

Why the judges believed they deserved to win?

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“The judges were impressed by the team’s ability to re-focus their skills with an approach that embodies the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon. Their dedicated work has raised awareness, provided education and protected people.”

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Europe
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In the face of adversity, the team revised their strategy and set up an online hub to help inspire young people in their community and to help address the energy problems of Nigeria.

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Team Unilag, Nigeria

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Along with the Task Force of Universitas Brawijaya, the team developed a remote-control robot that can help cleanse surrounding areas by emitting UV rays to help reduce the risk of contamination from viruses such as COVID-19.

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Team Apatte 62, Indonesia

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Europe
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The students created an ‘open source Shell Eco-marathon prototype’ complete with software, written plans and step-by-step tutorials to support other teams design their own low-cost electric prototype vehicle for future track events.

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Team TIM UPS INSA, France.

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Together with the State and Volkswagen, team members created and distributed 1,000 face shields to assist Argentina’s healthcare service.

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Team Kiri Fan, Argentina

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Americas
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The team adapted their 3D printers and other equipment originally used to develop parts of their prototype vehicle to produce face shields which they distributed to the local community.

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Drop Team, Brazil

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When a devastating F3 tornado hit their town Ruston, Louisiana and left their 3,000 square-foot workshop in ruins, this team selflessly stepped up to support their local community in the clean-up.

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Team Bearcat Motorsports, USA

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Europe
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Embodying the spirit of collaboration, Eco-Runner Team Delft partnered with KON, a team in Lima, Peru to form an advisory board to share their knowledge and support this team starting on out on their Shell Eco-marathon journey.

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Eco-Runner Team Delft, The Netherlands

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The team put their skills to good use and developed initiatives to improve air circulation quality on public transport and conducted research into automatic virus sterilization in urban vehicles.

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ITS Team Sapuangin, Indonesia

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After a robbery at the university, the team created a night patrol to protect theirs and other team’s equipment. They also used 3D printing to produce face shields.

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The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award
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This award celebrates what makes Shell Eco-marathon so special: the desire to come together to overcome barriers to progress. The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award showcases the spirit of collaboration, empathy, finding solutions and using skills and talents for the good. To watch the ceremony to see how we honoured the shortlisted teams and announced the winners, click here.

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The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories
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Beyond the track and technical elements of the competition there are the people, our student teams who are the heart and soul of Shell Eco-marathon. To honour their passion, determination and true spirit, their real life stories have been captured in their own words. To watch the film of the shortlisted teams and find out more on their incredible stories, click here.

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The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories