MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown home school student earned the title of 2021 Junior Solar Sprint champion in a virtual competition held Friday.
Each year, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control teams up with the Delaware Technology Student Association for the event. Middle school students work with classmates and teacher advisers over several months to build model cars powered by solar photovoltaic cells, better known as solar panels.
This year the competition was altered from past events in that, in addition to designing their solar vehicles, students had to construct a track to competition specifications and record their best times in a video presentation that was also part of the judging.
The Junior Solar Sprint encourages students to engage in problem-solving, teamwork and creative scientific thinking to take on environmental challenges.
Students received points for project portfolios, video presentations of their work, overall design and fastest speed in a timed run. The team accumulating the most points wins and has an opportunity to represent Delaware against other students from around the country in the national TSA conference, which is being held virtually this summer.
In addition to one homeschool team and a team of remote learners, student from Milford Central Academy, Cab Calloway, Postlethwait Middle School, HB duPont and Gauger-Cobbs participated in this year’s virtual event.
The all-around winners for combined speed, design, video and portfolio presentations were:
Top results from the timed run competition included:
Top results from the design competition included:
Top results from the video presentation included:
Top results from the portfolio competition:
Go online for more information on the Junior Solar Sprint, or to watch a recording of the virtual competition.