Volunteers Needed For 3rd Annual Solar Grand Prix

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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske’s 3rd Annual Solar Grand Prix shines a light on solar power once again this April when sixty teams from Long Beach area schools compete on the “El Dorado Raceway.” The Solar Grand Prix challenges local students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles.

The Solar Grand Prix provides the opportunity for students to employ math, science and engineering outside of the classroom while introducing them to green energy and its applications.

With 60 teams, 240 students and 2 racetracks, volunteers are needed to help make the event come to life. Volunteers assist with vehicle inspection, design judging, registration and timing the races. Those with technical expertise are asked to donate time as mentors to student teams between now and race day. Mentors will advise, critique and answer general questions to help the team achieve a mobile solar car.

Car kits from the Segue to Solar Online Store are supplied to the teams and paid for by event sponsors. In addition, teams receive t-shirts, trophies and medals. Current sponsors include Ameco Solar, P2S Engineering, Signal Hill Petroleum and Dr. Mike Walter. All contributions are tax deductible.

The 2012 Solar Grand Prix is Saturday, April 21st at El Dorado Park (corner of Willow and Studebaker) from 9am to 3pm.

If you would like to learn more or inquire about volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachel Powers in the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at (562) 570-6932.

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