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Junior Solar Sprint

Skyline Middle School sizzles to fourth straight Junior Solar Sprint crown

It may not be NASCAR, but Delaware’s 14th Annual Junior Solar Sprint competition still packs plenty of excitement and fun – and all powered by the sun!Skyline Middle School's winning Solar Sprint team: L-R, coach Chris Conrad, Zack Li, Josh Glenn, Aaron Schilling, Matt Gallion

Middle school and junior high school students from across the First State designed and built model cars powered by a solar photovoltaic cell/panel, which converts sunlight into electricity.

The exciting competition encourages students to converge on Polytech High School to race the cars they’ve built. Racers experience time trials and test runs prior to the competition's start, and pit crews come equipped with spare parts for possible repairs.

For the fourth straight year, a team from Skyline Middle School in Pike Creek went to "Victory Lane" in the competition. The team has been coached the last five years by Chris Conrad, an art teacher who told the News-Journal that he's a different kind of pit crew chief than the math and science teachers who usually coach other Solar Sprint teams. "We do things a little differently," he said, "If everybody does the same thing, everybody gets the same result."

The results for Skyline were impressive, with one of its two cars claiming the championship and the other placing high in the design element of the competition.

The double-elimination competition had awards for the fastest cars as well as awards for the best car designs. Nine schools participated in this year’s event. 

Race Winners:                         1st Place, Skyline Middle School Car #17
                                                2nd Place, Holy Cross School Car #7
                                                3rd Place, Springer Middle School Car #19
                                                4th Place, Springer Middle School Car #18
                                                5th Place, Sanford School Car #14

Design Winners:                      1st Place, Corpus Christi School Car # 6
                                                2nd Place, Meredith Middle School Car # 9
                                                3rd Place, Milford Middle School Car #11
                                                4th Place, Skyline Middle School Car #17
                                                5th Place, Skyline Middle School Car #16

For more information about the Junior Solar Sprint competition, please contact Suzanne Sebastian, Delaware Energy Office, at 302-735-3480.

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