Solar-Powered Fun at the 9th Annual Solar Sprint

June 5, 2017
Henry and Tom of South Meadow School with their prize-winning, solar-powered model car, “Cat-a-Lac.”  (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

First Place for Speed was awarded to Henry and Tom of South Meadow School, pictured here with their car, “Cat-a-Lac.”

In June, 120 students from six area schools gathered at Adams Park in Peterborough for the 9th 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 vehicles.

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); Junkyard Derby Winner (to the winner of a race between cars constructed from spare parts on the day of the race); and Speed.

Many thanks are due: 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 learning!