MEDIA ADVISORY: Checkered Flags Ready as Colorado Middle School Students Head to the Racetrack Saturday

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By (Heather Lammers)

May 13, 2016

Media Advisory

On Saturday, May 14, nearly 200 middle school students from around Colorado will participate in the Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton.

Sponsored by the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the competitions give students the opportunity to showcase their engineering and design skills by building and racing high-performance model solar- and battery-powered vehicles. Fifty-seven student teams from 15 schools will compete and trophies will be presented to winners in six categories. The event is free and open to the public.

What: Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery Car Competitions

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14

Where: Dakota Ridge High School, 13399 West Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton, CO 80127

The annual competition is also sponsored by DOE’s Office of Science, the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, Jefferson County Schools, and Dakota Ridge High School.

A list of participating schools follows.

Arma Dei Academy – Littleton

Bell Middle School – Golden

Calhan Middle School – Calhan

Castle Rock Middle School – Castle Rock

Hulstrom K-8 – Northglenn

Ken Caryl Middle School – Littleton

Lincoln Academy Charter School – Arvada

Littleton Academy – Littleton

Mead Middle School – Mead

Rocky Mountain of Evergreen

Southern Hills Middle – Boulder

Stargate School – Thornton

The Manning Option School – Golden

University Schools – Greeley

Whittier ECE-8 School – Denver

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.


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