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News Release: Students to race their innovative solar, hydrogen and lithium ion battery model cars Saturday

May 10, 2012

Middle school students from around the state will participate in the Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions on Saturday, May 12, at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competitions give students the opportunity to show their engineering and design skills by building and racing high-performance model solar, hydrogen fuel cell and battery vehicles.

One hundred four teams from 23 schools will be competing in the Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions. The student teams will race solar, hydrogen fuel cell and battery powered vehicles that they designed and built themselves. Trophies will be presented to winners in six categories. The cars will race on a 20-meter course for solar and battery and a 10-meter course for hydrogen fuel cells.

What:          Junior Solar Sprint, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, and Lithium Ion Battery
                     Car Competitions
The competition event is free and open to the public
When:         10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12
Where:         Dakota Ridge High School                                             
                     13399 West Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton, CO 80127
EDITORS NOTE:  A list of participating schools follows.
Participating Schools
Bell Middle School, Golden
Center at Skinner Middle School, Denver
Deer Creek Middle School, Littleton
D'Evelyn Junior, Senior High School, Lakewood
Drake Middle School, Arvada
Estes Park Middle School, Estes Park
Fitzsimmons Middle School, Bailey
Giron Science Club, Thornton
Ken Caryl Middle School, Lakewood
Lincoln Academy Middle School, Arvada
Littleton Academy, Littleton
The Manning School, Golden
Mead Middle School, Mead
Merrill Middle School, Denver
Roxborough/Ranch View, Highlands Ranch
Sabin Middle School, Colorado Springs
Semper Elementary School, Westminster
Southern Hills Middle School, Boulder
St. Peter and Paul School, Wheat Ridge
The STEM Academy, Highlands Ranch
Summit Ridge Middle School, Littleton
University Schools, Greeley
Woodlands Academy, Castle Rock
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