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Delaware students compete in Junior Solar Sprint
Students designed, built and raced model cars powered by solar energy 

MAGNOLIA (May 31, 2012) - More than 65 middle and junior high school students from nine schools participated in Delaware’s 18th Annual Junior Solar Sprint Competition on Thursday, May 17 at St. Thomas More Academy near Magnolia. The DNREC Division of Energy and 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.

The schools included: Beacon Middle School, Lewes; Caravel Academy, Bear; Holy Cross School, Dover; Milford Middle School; Sanford School, Hockessin; Skyline Middle School, Wilmington; Springer Middle School, Wilmington; Providence Creek Academy, Smyrna, and Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna.

“Photovoltaic technology makes use of the abundant energy from the sun,” said Crystal Nagyiski, event co-coordinator with Jacquie Bryant. “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.

The winning schools were:

Race Results: Fastest car

1st place:  Springer Middle School, Wilmington - Car #2

2nd place:  Sanford School, Hockessin - Car #8

3rd place: Sanford School, Hockessin, - Car #7

4th place:  Holy Cross School, Dover - Car #14

5th place: Springer Middle School, Wilmington - Car # 1

Best Design:

1st place:  Caravel Academy, Bear – Car #17

2nd place:  Milford Middle School, Milford – Car #11

3rd place: Springer Middle School, Wilmington – Car #1

4th place: Holy Cross School, Dover – Car #14

5th place: Holy Cross School, Dover – Car #15

For more information on solar and other alternative sources of energy and the programs of the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate, visit

Vol. 42, No. 204
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