We’re gearing up for the 6th Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint, and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!
In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint in 2014, and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others. The interest has only grown over the years with Clara E. Westropp, Harvey Rice, and Newton D. Baker participating along with the St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation.
The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $25*, provided by CPP, containing all of the basic necessities, i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however, the bulk of the car 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.
So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:
- Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
- Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 7th or Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- Build your race car
- Compete on Saturday, October 12 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!
Click here to register today!. If you have questions contact CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.
*$25 will be refunded on race day.