The spirit of shell eco-marathon stories

Real life stories of perseverance, compassion, empathy and innovation

These values have formed the backbone of Shell Eco-marathon since it began in 1985 and we are consistently inspired by how the student teams embody them daily.

2020 was a year of unexpected change for everyone, and the last few months have showed that these qualities are more important than ever, not just for Shell Eco-marathon, but in everything we do. But to these incredible young people, change presented opportunities to make a positive difference.

This summer we ran a virtual competition, where we asked teams to nominate themselves or others for their contributions of passion, creativity and collaboration which reflect the values of Shell Eco-marathon. These stories are the result and highlight how they have used their STEM skills to contribute to the greater good of others.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories

Read on to find out why these teams deserved to be shortlisted for the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Awards and who the winners are.

Winning teams

Americas
Team Taq Balam, GuatemalaTeam Taq Balam, Guatemala, The students put their skills into practice to help combat COVID-19; including a being part of their University’s effort to create a mechanical ventilator and transform bioethanol from their prototype vehicle into hand sanitizer which they donated to a nursing home.
Europe
Team Unilag, NigeriaTeam Unilag, Nigeria, 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.
Asia
Team Apatte 62, IndonesiaTeam Apatte 62, Indonesia, 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.
Europe
Team TIM UPS INSA, France.Team TIM UPS INSA, France, 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.

Shortlisted teams

Americas
Team Kiri Fan, ArgentinaTeam Kiri Fan, Argentina, Together with the State and Volkswagen, team members created and distributed 1,000 face shields to assist Argentina’s healthcare service.
Americas
Drop Team, BrazilDrop Team, Brazil, 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.
Americas
Team Bearcat Motorsports, USATeam Bearcat Motorsports, USA, 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.
Europe
Eco-Runner Team Delft, The NetherlandsEco-Runner Team Delft, The Netherlands, 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.
Asia
ITS Team Sapuangin, IndonesiaITS Team Sapuangin, Indonesia, 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.
Asia
Semeru Team, IndonesiaSemeru Team, Indonesia, 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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Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Awards

This award celebrates what makes Shell Eco-marathon so special: the desire to come together and overcome barriers to progress. It showcases the spirit of collaboration, empathy, finding solutions and using skills and talents for the good. Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Awards here.

Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award
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Track Competitions

Shell Eco-marathon is a global academic programme focused on energy optimisation. Here are the different competitions student teams can take part in depending on their experience and proven skills.

Find out about the competitions
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Off-track Awards

There is a story behind every Shell Eco-marathon car. The Off-Track Awards showcase the wide range of skills and talents that have gone into each Shell Eco-marathon project, recognising excellence and outstanding achievements teams have made off the track.

Off-track Awards
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Virtual Learning Sessions

This year we launched a series of Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Learning Sessions streamed live via YouTube. The sessions are a collaboration with our technology partners and enable students to participate, continue to learn and interact from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Virtual Learning Sessions