Results of the 3rd Annual Cape & Islands Junior Solar Sprint

Model solar car race a great success

On Saturday, June 3rd 2006 students, parents, and teachers from across Southeastern Massachusetts enjoyed a day of model solar car racing and technical competitions at Cape Cod Community College. Though cloudy weather forced the competition inside, the day was a great success as 20 teams competed in the 3rd Annual Cape and Islands Junior Solar Sprint.

"This event is a great way to expose young people to clean energy technology and get them interested in pursuing careers in the high tech field of renewable energy.� - Richard Lawrence Director of Special Projects for Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.

Twenty teams of two to four students entered this years competition, with over 100 people showing up to participate in and watch the races. The winners of this yearâ??s competition are as follows:

Speed
1st â??Phoenix Flamerâ? by Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter Schoolâ??s Christopher Knapp & Gary Clinch
2nd â??Mike & Mikeâ? by Cape Cod Jr. Tech Councilâ??s Michael Walsh & Michael Splitz
3rd â??The Blue Gooseâ? by Quashnet Schoolâ??s Taylor, Jake, Zak, & Lou.

Technical Merit
1st â??Troilusâ? by Quashnet Schoolâ??s Abigail Wise, Nichole Perkins, & Ayla Fudala
2nd â??Small and Powerfulâ? by Chatham Middle Schoolâ??s Alexis McGowan, Jennifer Torres, & Matt Amsler.
3rd â??Mach 5â? by Cape Cod Jr. Tech Councilâ??s Luke Starr & Devin Mulcahy.

Craftsmanship
1st â??Phoenix Flamersâ? by Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter Schoolâ??s Christopher Knapp & Gary Clinch.
2nd â??The Beastâ? by Chatham Middle Schoolâ??s Sean Connors, Scott MacAllister, & Sean Connell.
3rd â??The Duck Mobileâ? by Cape Cod Academyâ??s Ming Rogers & Hannah Van Sciver.

Innovation
1st â??Insightâ? by New Bedford Roosevelt Middle Schoolâ??s Deshqnu Gomes & Bret Medeiros.
2nd â??The Viperâ? by Cape Cod Academyâ??s Greg Mitrokstas, Matt Kohler, & Erol Karchner.
3rd â??VannaMarieâ? by Quashnet Schoolâ??s Shannon Jordan & Tim Arie.

The Junior Solar Sprint began in 1990 as a single race, and now spans more than 83 host sites in 26 states, involving more than 100,000 students and 15,000 teachers. It is a classroom based, hands-on educational program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. JSS students apply physical sciences, technology/engineering, modern history and creativity to construct model solar-powered cars and race them.

The goal of the JSS is to generate enthusiasm for science and engineering at a crucial stage in the educational development of young people. It improves studentsâ?? understanding of scientific concepts and renewable energy technologies. The Sprint also provides an effective and exciting way to teach the Massachusetts science and technology/engineering curriculum framework for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, while encouraging young people to consider technical careers at an early age.

â??I was really impressed with the quality of cars the students brought. Their collective efforts showed through,â? said Peregrine Carlson, AmeriCorps volunteer and Junior Solar Sprint Coordinator for this yearâ??s race.

â??The students who entered cars in this competition are terrific. It is obvious that they have a lot of fun competing against each other. This event is a great way to expose young people to clean energy technology and get them interested in pursuing careers in the high tech field of renewable energy,â? said Richard Lawrence Director of Special Projects for Cape & Islands Self-Reliance.

Students interested in participating in next yearâ??s race should talk to their teachers or go to www.reliance.org and click the Junior Solar Sprint link for more details. Or they can call Cape & Islands Self-Reliance 508-457-7679.

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