Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Delaware middle school, junior high students
“sun their engines” in 2015 Junior Solar Sprint
Teams design, build and race cars powered by solar energy for 20th annual competition
DOVER (May 15, 2015) – More than 100 middle and junior high school students from 10 schools participated in Delaware’s 20th Annual Junior Solar Sprint Competition on Wednesday at Dover International Speedway. DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate organized the event to educate students about renewable energy and the environment through a creative and exciting competition.
Students designed and built model cars powered by solar photovoltaic cells and competed for trophies and the honor of having the fastest and best-designed cars in the state.
Schools taking part included: Beacon Middle School, Lewes; Central Middle School, Dover; H.B. DuPont Middle School, Hockessin; P.S. DuPont Middle School, Wilmington; Holy Cross School, Dover; Milford Middle School, Milford; Postlethwait Middle School, Camden; Providence Creek Academy, Clayton; Sanford School, Hockessin; Stanton Middle School, Wilmington; W.T. Chipman Middle School, Harrington; and Skyline Middle School and Springer Middle School, Wilmington.
The top five teams in race results were:
- First place: Postlethwait Middle School, car #21
- Second place: Skyline Middle School, car #4
- Third place: Skyline Middle School, car #3
- Fourth place: Springer Middle School, car #14
- Fifth place: Beacon Middle School, car #17
The top five teams in design were:
- First place: Providence Creek Academy, car #8
- Second place: Beacon Middle School, car #17
- Third place: Beacon Middle School, car #16
- Fourth place: Springer Middle School, car #15
- Fifth place: Central Middle School, car #18
“Photovoltaic technology makes use of the abundant energy from the sun,” said Crystal Nagyiski of DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate, and event coordinator. “We use photovoltaic technology as solar cells to power our watches and calculators, but solar power can do much more – by providing electricity for transportation and to heat and cool our homes and businesses. A solar electric panel provides a reliable, abundant and environmentally-smart source of energy.”
Solar technologies diversify the energy supply, reduce the country's dependence on imported fuels, improve air quality, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar products manufacturing and installation.
Racers competed in time trials and test runs prior to the start of the competition, and pit crews came equipped with spare parts for possible repairs.
For more information on solar and other alternative sources of energy and the programs of the Delaware Division of Energy & Climate, please visit www.energy.dnrec.delaware.gov.
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