Golden, Colo., May. 10, 2001 - Forty-two teams of middle school students from across Colorado will race model solar cars on Saturday, May 12. The cars, designed to tap into energy from the sun, are powered only by solar electricity.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Kaiser-Hill, Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel, the Junior Solar Sprint gives students the opportunity to show off their engineering and design skills by building and racing the 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 out for technology, craftsmanship and innovation.
The Energy Department began the Junior Solar Sprint 11 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 12 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.
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|Arvada Middle School||Two teams|
|Bell Middle School||Two teams|
|Clear Creek Middle School||Two teams|
|Eagle Valley Middle School||Two teams|
|Fountain Middle School||One team|
|Hayden Middle School||Two teams|
|Kunsmiller Middle School||One team|
|Little Elementary||Two teams|
|Lyons Middle School||Two teams|
|Maple Grove Middle School||One team|
|Maplewood Middle School||Two teams|
|Monarch K-8||Two teams|
|Nevin Platt Middle School||Two teams|
|North Valley Middle School||Two teams|
|Orchard Mesa Middle School||Two teams|
|Rishel Middle School||Two teams|
|Sinclair Middle School||Two teams|
|St. Mary's School||Two teams|
|South Valley Middle School||Two teams|
|Summit Ridge Middle School||One team|
|Westlake Middle School||Two teams|
|West Grand Middle School||Two teams|
|Witt Middle School||Two teams Follow NREL|