DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

June 12, 2014

Derry middle school students enjoy solar fun

Middle-schoolers design and race solar cars


Derry News

---- — DERRY — Students from West Running Brook and Gilbert H. Hood middle schools enjoyed a morning in the sun Saturday watching their cars go.

Students participated in the annual Junior Solar Sprint competition at Pinkerton Academy. Students on teams from both schools built solar-powered cars to race against each other for the best times.

Junior Solar Sprint is a national program aimed at providing students an opportunity to apply science, technology, math and engineering skills as they design and build a solar-powered car.

Each team built cars to be powered by sunlight. Races were double elimination with awards going to the fastest cars. Awards were also given for creativity and best craftsmanship.

“Students have an exciting opportunity to apply the scientific concepts they are learning in class to a real world challenge with Junior Solar Sprint,” said Tom Minnon, a member of Derry’s Energy Environmental Advisory Committee that sponsored the event. “Kids develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting vehicle possible.”

The national Junior Solar Sprint program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.