CPP Solar Sprint seeks to engage students in STEM

Submitted by darnell_thomas on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:26

For several years, Cleveland Public Power has hosted the Solar Sprint competition as a way to engage local students in fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. This year we are trying something different, a virtual race! The continual spread of Covid, and our desire to keep everyone safe prompted CPP to host the Annual Public Power Week celebration and its events to the virtual world.

It's unique and challenging but we're up for the test and we hope you are too! The $25 fee for kits has been waived, but we ask that if you request kits you commit to being a part of the process.

The Sprint is an opportunity for students to learn while building their miniature solar-powered cars. The race promotes partnerships as each team will consist of a minimum of two people and a maximum of four. 
Each team will receive a Solar Sprint Kit, provided by CPP, containing all of the necessities, i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities. The car’s design is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8. New this year are two categories Solar and Battery due to challenges some may face with open space. Please complete the form below and we will send you an introductory letter.

So to join the fun:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops held approximately three weeks before the race.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete in the annual Solar Sprint race!
Team Members
Please provide the name and grade of each student participating on your team. Teams must consist of a minimum of two (2) students, and the maximum number of students per team is four (4).
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