Students from Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine won this year’s Junior Solar Sprint! Sullivan Solar Power, a NECA San Diego Member, hosts the Junior Solar Sprint annually to help kids develop technical skills in target areas in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The competition teaches students how to work together and use their problem-solving techniques to not only design the best model car but also to explore the environmental and social issues associated with traditional fossil fuels.
Dan Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, states that “it’s inspiring to see our future leaders excited about running a model car off the power of the sun and setting the standards for future Junior Solar Sprint events across the country”.
This year’s Junior Solar Sprint was the largest in the state, doubling in size from last year. Out of fifteen schools from Orange County and San Diego County, the winning team was “Chicken Potpie Rats”. The eighth-grade team was comprised of Ronan Eddy, Chase Kingston, and Josh Handley who built their car using engineering software to machine cut their balsa wood components.
The team is headed to Atlanta for Nationals at the end of June to compete with the help of their Sullivan Solar Power sponsor!
Thank you to Sullivan Solar Power for hosting such an impactful and educational event! NECA San Diego is proud to be a sponsor and we support their efforts in advocating for renewable energies!
Congrats to “Chicken Potpie Rats” and good luck at Nationals!