Letter: Solar Rollers event was a shining success
On May 17, nine area high school teams came together to compete in the Solar Rollers Trophy Race at Glenwood Springs High School. The teams began designing and building solar-powered remote control cars in January with the new Solar Rollers program run by Energetics Education.
The competition — the first dedicated event of its kind — was a real hoot and fitting recognition of the hard work done by students, teachers and community team members. Enthusiastic teams came from Summit High School, Battle Mountain High School, Yampah Mountain High School, Glenwood Springs High School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Roaring Fork High School and Aspen High School. Aspen High School won the 20 Questions panel quiz, and a new top speed record of 28 mph was set by Summit High. Battle Mountain High was the overall winner.
The Solar Rollers Trophy Race couldn’t have happened without strong local support. Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped.
The Rifle Remote Control Park brought a sophisticated race timing system and the Town of Carbondale police loaned their solar radar trailer to track top speeds. Crystal River Meats loaned their hay trailer as the driver’s stand/awards stage. The Vail Volts Wagon solar power trailer was loaned to solar charge spectators’ remote control cars, and Lowe’s of Glenwood Springs donated lumber to build ramps, including a radical loop-the-loop.
Energy education displays were hosted by Solar Energy International, Aspen Science Center, Colorado Mountain College, Holy Cross Energy and Garfield Clean Energy. Electric vehicles were displayed by Sunsense Solar, Glenwood Springs Ford and Mountain Chevrolet. Glenwood Springs High School was a gracious host.
Energetics Education is working hard to build this promising program into a national competition, and many teams are eager to compete again even in summer. We’ll make it happen.
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