Golden, Colo., May 8, 1998 Middle school students from across Colorado will design, build and race model solar cars in the 1998 Junior Solar Sprint. The race will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on Sat., May 16.
Each team starts with a silicon solar cell, which converts light into electricity, and a motor. Using any other materials, competitors design and build solar-powered vehicles no larger than 16 inches wide, 24 inches long and 12 inches high. The sun's light is the only energy source that may be used to power the vehicles.
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.
DOE began the Junior Solar Sprint eight years ago to educate young people about renewable energy and the environment.
The students will compete from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at NREL's Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). The event is open to the public and members of the media.
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.
Note: See next page for a list of participating schools.