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SEI Transfers Solar Rollers to Startup Nonprofit Energetics Education

Posted by: chris
February 26, 2014

The Solar Rollers program, in which high school teams design, build and race sophisticated solar-powered remote control cars, is transferring from Solar Energy International to Energetics Education, a startup non-profit based in Carbondale. The program is the only one of its kind in the US and was successfully trialed in 2013 with four teams from the Roaring Fork Valley. Solar Rollers recently won the Excellence in Secondary Education award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.

SEI is using 2014 Solar Rollers funding to hire Energetics Education as a contractor to deliver this race season. 10 high school teams from Summit, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties are already underway working on their cars. After this season, Solar Rollers will remain with Energetics Education and SEI will be listed permanently as the program's Founding Partner. Energetics Ed will focus on rapidly growing Solar Rollers into a national high school competition.

Energetics Education and Solar Energy International are both enthusiastic and optimistic about this arrangement as a means to better serve high school students with engaging, STEM-based renewable energy education.

The main website for the program is transitioning to www.solarrollers.org.


Save the Date - Trophy Race on May 17 at Glenwood Springs High School

Solar Energy International and Energetics Education would like to invite area energy non-profits and science educators to host interactive energy displays at the season finale – the Solar Rollers 2014 trophy race. High school teams will compete in a number of academic and racing challenges, culminating in the 60 minute solar-powered main circuit race. To draw more young people, spectators will be invited to charge and drive their own electric RC cars using onsite standalone solar electricity.

For more information on Solar Rollers, please contact Noah Davis at noah@energeticsed.org.

For more information on the Solar In the Schools program or SEI, please contact Kathy Swartz at kswartz@solarenergy.org.


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