Skinner scientists invent solar cars!

Congratulations to the Skinner Scholars who participated in the 23rd Annual Junior Solar Sprint – sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – on Saturday, May 18th! Middle school teams from across Colorado spend a semester building solar- and battery-powered model vehicles with guidance from a parent, teacher, or coach. The Solar Sprint event provides an fun, educational and exciting opportunity for teams from across Colorado to race their vehicles and compete in design categories. Thanks to the hard work these students put into their model cars, Skinner was among the top 10% of builder-racers!

Building solar- and battery-powered cars requires skills in both math and science. The primary goal of the competitions is to generate enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills at a crucial stage in the development of young people. The competitions also help improve students’ understanding of scientific concepts and renewable energy technologies, and encourages young people to consider technical careers at an early age.

Representing Skinner in 8th place were team leaders Demetrius Sabell and Maximus Sabell along with Dylan Mey. In 17th place was team leader Ryan Breitenstein along with Luis Nava. Several middle schools from all around the state entered into solar and lithium battery races totaling 86 cars.  Special thank you to Heather Versailles of the Neighborhood Center for spearheading the semester-long project.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nrel.gov/education/jss_hfc.html

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