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Golden, Colo., May 11, 2000 - Forty-one teams of middle school students from across Colorado on Saturday will race model solar cars designed to tap into energy from the sun.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Kaiser-Hill, the Junior Solar Sprint will give students the opportunity to show off their engineering and design skills by building and racing model solar-powered vehicles.
Each team starts with a motor and a silicon solar cell, which converts light into electricity. Using any other materials, competitors design and build vehicles no larger than 12 inches wide, 24 inches long and 12 inches high.
The 20-meter race is a double elimination competition with awards going to the five fastest cars. Five design awards also will be given based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation. The Energy Department began the Junior Solar Sprint 10 years ago to help educate young people about renewable energy and the environment.
The students will compete from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 13 at NREL's Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). The event is open to the public. To reach the SERF, take Interstate 70 to exit 263 (Denver West Boulevard). Turn north toward the Denver West Marriott Hotel. At the stop sign, turn left at Denver West Parkway and continue past the hotel and the NREL Visitors Center. The SERF is the silver-colored building one-eighth mile past the Visitors Center.
EDITORS NOTE: A list of participating schools follows.
Below are the school names and the team members of the competing schools:
Arvada Middle School - Arvada, CO
Beacon Country Day School - Englewood, CO
Car # and name: 2 Royal Fury
Bell Middle School - Golden, CO
Car # and name: 41
Eagle Valley Middle School - Eagle, CO
Car # and name: 4 Stud-Meister
Fountain Middle School - Fountain, CO
Car # and name: 6 Speed Racer
Hayden Middle School - Hayden, CO
Car # and name: 8 CUBYBY
Highland Middle School - Ault, CO
Car # and name: 10 Husky Roadster
Huron Middle School - Northglenn, CO
Car # and name : 36 White Torpedo
Little Elementary - Arvada, CO
Car # and name: 28 Turbo Ram
Maplewood Middle School - Greeley, CO
Car # and name: 34 Sirbreakalot
McClave Elementary School: McClave, CO
Car # and name: 12
Monarch K-8 School - Louisville, CO
Coach: Norman Kron Jr.
Moore Middle School - Arvada, CO
Nevin Platt Middle School - Boulder, CO
Car # and name: 30
Orchard Mesa Middle School - Grand Junction, CO
Car # and name: 17 1937 Firebird
Car # and name: 18 Sun Streak
Car # and name: 19 Sky-Rae
Car # and name: 20 Silver Knight
St. Mary's Littleton - Littleton, CO
Car # and name: 22 Arch Angel
Scott Carpenter Middle School - Denver, CO
Sinclair Middle School - Englewood, CO
South Valley Middle School - Platteville, CO
Car # and name: 24 Pride of South Valley #2
West Grand Middle School - Kremling, CO
Car # and name: 26 TW Eagle
Witt Elementary - Westminster, CO
Car # and name: 32 Little Red Riding Dude
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