Registration Deadline Extended For Fifth Annual Solar Grand Prix

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The deadline for Long Beach student teams to register for the Fifth Annual Solar Grand Prix, hosted by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the 5th District Sustainability Task Force, has been extended to Wednesday, December 18. Students grades 6-12 will race solar-powered model cars they have designed, powered only by the sun

The last Solar Grand Prix had 67 teams from 22 different schools and organizations in and around Long Beach competing for best design, fastest solar powered vehicle, and most innovative design. More than 400 students, coaches and volunteers are expected to participate on race day, March 8, 2014.

“Students working in teams, design their cars, create a completely solar-powered racing vehicle, and learn skills that can be applied to the real world,” Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske commented, “It’s an exciting event where students get the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in math and science to a real life project and develop engineering skills. I hope the participants will be inspired to pursue careers in engineering and science and consider working for companies that focus on sustainability.”

The Solar Grand Prix challenges students to work as a team, using their creative thinking and scientific knowledge to experiment, design, and build a high-performance model vehicle. Every team receives a starting kit, which includes a solar panel and electric motor. How they choose to construct a winning racer and what they will add to the basic kit will also be judged in separate categories for design, originality, and more.

The event is expected to attract over 1000 family members, friends, and fans who will gather to watch the cars race on a 20 meter (65 foot) track in a series of head to head elimination rounds, on March 8 at El Dorado Park.

For more information about the Solar Grand Prix, or to volunteer on the event day, contact Haley Mizushima, Project Coordinator, in the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, 562-570-6932 or Information about the race is also posted on the 5th District website. Further information concerning the Solar Grand Prix, including materials for teachers, can be obtained at:

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Long Beach Solar Grand Prix competition in which students, grade 6-12, are invited to design and build a solar-powered model car that will complete a race in the shortest possible time using the available power.

The Solar Grand Prix challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles.

Teams will receive a Solar Car Kit, which includes a solar panel and an electric motor. Using any other materials, competitors will design and build a model solar-powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter (65-foot) racecourse. The winner of the competition will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head to head elimination rounds.

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