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8 Years of Solar-Powered Fun

June 9, 2016
Competitors line up their solar-powered model cars at the start line. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint

Ben Kriebel and Quinn Kelley from South Meadow School show off their trophy, awards, and creative solar-powered model car, which won first place for speed at the 8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Ben Kriebel and Quinn Kelley from South Meadow School show off their trophy, awards, and creative solar-powered model car, which won first place for speed at the 8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint.
(photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

In early June, more than 100 students from six area schools gathered at Adams Park in Peterborough for the 8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint, a solar-powered model car competition coordinated by the Harris Center. Students spent weeks designing and constructing their cars in preparation for the race…and a few extra minutes at the starting line, waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds to power their cars.

Ribbons were awarded for Best Craftsmanship (to the car with the most careful construction); Most Innovative (to the car with the most creative design); Best Use of Technology (to the car with the most effective transmission and use of the solar panel); People’s Choice (to the car with the most student votes); and Speed.

Many thanks are due: to Borrego Solar for supporting this event; to the Peterborough Recreation Center for allowing us to transform the Adams Playground tennis courts into a solar-powered racetrack; to our cadre of skilled volunteers for keeping things running smoothly as racetrack builders, design judges, scorekeepers, and pit stop helpers; and to the competitors for an awesome day of solar-powered fun and learning!