Golden, Colo., May. 13, 2000 - Students from Greeley's Maplewood Middle School built the fastest model solar car and won the Junior Solar Sprint at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today. A team from Monarch K-8 School in Louisville won top honors for design.
Forty-one teams from across Colorado entered the 20-meter race, which gave students the opportunity to show off their engineering and design skills by building and racing model solar-powered vehicles.
Trophies for the fastest cars were given to students racing Maplewood Middle School's car 33, "The Webster," first place; Eagle Valley Middle School's car 3, second place; Maplewood's car 34, "Sir Breakalot," third place; Monarch K-8 School's car 13 "Crème de la Crème," fourth place; and Golden's Bell Middle School, fifth place.
Five design trophies based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation were given to teams from Louisville's Monarch K-8 School, first place; Arvada's Moore Middle School, second place; Fountain Middle School, third place; Englewood's Beacon Country Day School, fourth place; and Grand Junction's Orchard Mesa Middle School, fifth place.
Each team started with a motor and a silicon solar cell, which converts light into electricity. Using any other materials, competitors designed and built vehicles no larger than 12 inches wide, 24 inches long and 12 inches high.
The Energy Department began the Junior Solar Sprint 10 years ago to teach young people about renewable energy and the environment. NREL and Kaiser-Hill sponsored today's competition.
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