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Energetics Ed is a 501c3 non-profit bringing highly engaging energy education to young people. Solar Rollers is our flagship program - high school teams building and racing sophisticated solar-powered remote-control cars.

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Reno News and Review

Noah Davis

“It’s an energy-based competition,” Davis said. “It’s not just the technology and the fabrication of parts and the engineering that goes into it; it’s actually an energy management program, the whole race.”

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Solar Power World Article

Noah Davis

The roller slammed into a  track barrier, built by solar mounting systems supplier Unirac, and its rear wheels jumped-up from the course. Nothing was damaged during that crash or a dozen or so subsequent ones, but the impacts elicited a few “aahs.”

“It’s just they go so epically fast, how do you not crash?” Slater asked, without overstating the speed. In a good straightaway, solar rollers can reach 28 mph.

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Summit High School Feature

Noah Davis

Members of the Summit High School tech club designed and built a solar-powered remote-control car that can go 28 mph. The car, one of two built by the tech club’s two teams, won first place for fastest speed at the Solar Rollers competition Saturday, May 17.

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Battle Mountain High's Win in the Vail Daily

Noah Davis

Their car was mangled after a competitor crashed into them and they were 40 laps down, working feverishly to get back on the track as other teams’ remote control solar race cars sped past.

And that’s when they had their MacGyver moment.

They replaced a non-replaceable broken king pin with the top of a drill bit and the spring from an ink pen.

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CLEER Pre-race Article

Noah Davis

“These brave students, teachers and team leaders from the community have really jumped in with both feet to learn about energy here. The effort they’ve put into strategizing, tinkering, experimenting, testing and refining has to be commended. They are already victors at the starting line.” said Davis.

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Energetics Ed Non-profit Spotlight

Noah Davis

 “The idea is that adults have not been very successful with solving energy problems,” he said, “So let’s give young people the tools they need to make changes as they enter the workforce and become consumers.” Solar Rollers teaches kids how energy systems work because, he explained, energy use is the most important human interaction with the planet. “It’s so easy to convince yourself that you’re maintaining an interaction with the planet by hiking up Castle Creek but it’s also about energy use in your car or in your home,” he explained.

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Battle Mountain High Prep Story

Noah Davis

Kenny Vargas,17, solders interconnecting ribbons to a solar cell as part of the Technology Student Association’s Solar Rollers’ project Wednesday at Battle Mountain High School. The team will race their car in the Solar Rollers Trophy Race against other Colorado high schools on May 17.

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