24 May '13, 4pm

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races

Middle Schoolers Shine in Electric Car Races May 24, 2013 Enlarge image Xavier Urquijo from Summit Ridge Middle School in Littleton waits for the start signal to lift the folder covering the solar panel on his team’s car, “Knight Hawk.” His team was one of 97 from 28 Colorado middle schools racing solar and lithium-ion powered vehicles they designed and built themselves at NREL's 2013 Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions on May 18. Credit: Dennis Schroeder Put a solar or lithium-ion car in the hands of a middle-school student, and watch adolescent angst and eye-rolling disappear — at least for a few hours. "This is the best," said a boy from Greeley last week at the annual Colorado Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions in southern Jefferson County on May 18. "We rock — we are such risk-takers," said a girl from Douglas County....

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