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News Release NR-1705

Students Recognized for Skill and Creativity in Energy Education Event

May 14, 2005

Golden, Colo. — Forty-six teams from 17 Colorado schools participated in today's Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Teams used either a solar cell and motor or a fuel cell and motor to design and build solar or hydrogen powered vehicles.

Trophies for the fastest solar-powered model cars were given to Colorado students from Lyons Middle School (Lyons), "Black Thunder," first place; Rishel Middle School (Denver), "Car #12," second place; and Bell Middle School (Golden), "Sparkle," third place. Three solar design trophies based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation were given to teams from Lyons Middle School (Lyons), "Black Thunder," first place; Lyons Middle School (Lyons), "Glass Slipper," second place; and Centennial Middle School (Boulder), "Ladybug," third place.

Three trophies for the fastest hydrogen fuel cell cars were given to teams from The Manning School (Golden), "The Mean Green Racing Machine," first place; Bell Middle School (Golden), "Hey Now" second place; and Fairmount Elementary (Golden), "Sideways," third place.

Colton Becker from Berry Creek Middle School (Edwards) was awarded the Spirit Award for exhibiting good sportsmanship attributes including fairness and respectful behavior.

NREL's Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Xcel Energy Foundation, General Motors and The Fuel Cell Store, Midwest Research Institute/Battelle, and NREL.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

For further information contact NREL Public Relations at 303-275-4090.
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