---- — DERRY — Here comes the sun. That made this type of car race all the more glowing.
Local middle-school students went head to head Saturday in the Junior Solar Sprint competition, putting teams of students and their unique cars in a contest to see how fast and far they would go, based on a solar-powered battery.
Eight teams representing West Running Brook and Gilbert H. Hood Middle schools took part in the Sprint at Hood. The event was moved indoors after an extended forecast called for rain Saturday.
Each team was required to build a model car to be powered by the sun. Students used a solar photovoltaic cell that converted the solar energy into electricity.
Students used weight, resistance and aerodynamic drive when building their vehicles for optimal speed and reliability.
Awards also were given for design, including Most Creative and Best Craftsmanship.
Derry’s Energy/Environmental Advisory Committee spearheads the Solar Sprint Competition in the town’s schools. The group tries to hold the event on an annual basis.