Who needs coffee when your morning show is filled with solar energy?Read More
...what I found at Intersolar simply astonished me with what an excellent idea it is.Read More
Aspen Public Radio is featuring Energetics Education throughout the month of July!Read More
Ask high school students a meaningful question - and you'll get a meaningful answer. Just ask January Jones after this news feature interview with the members of the Roaring Fork High School Team.Read More
"It's not a step-by-step process. The teams have to design the car and then solder and wire everything together. Initially they look in the box and say, 'What is all this stuff?'"Read More
We’re starting small by sending a few ideas back to 2001 — to a guy we met named Elon Musk. He appears to have some potential and we need to start somewhere.Read More
“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.”Read More
This is going to be nationwide, and with remote locations and races, we have to scale it up...Read More
ABC News in San Francisco led their Intersolar "innovations in solar" story with Solar Rollers.Read More
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.Read More
Can a reporter deliver his commentary and drive a Solar Roller at the same time? Start at 3:59 if you're in a hurry to find out.Read More
Hands-on learning is best for understanding energy issues, study finds
Education is important for the future of the world's energy challenges, writes Laurie Guevara-Stone. And today's children can learn through hands-on experience, according to a Purdue University study.
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More