Fifth graders Kylee Smith and Courtlyn Kinnie are pictured from left, as they get ready to race their solar-powered car at Holyoke Elementary. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
Morning of solar-powered racing sheds light on renewables for students
Holyoke fourth and fifth graders built and raced miniature solar-powered cars in a belated Earth Day activity last Thursday, May 16, coinciding with a districtwide push to improve energy efficiency.
Schneider Electric provided the cars and presented to the students about the potential applications of solar power. The company is working with Holyoke School District to cut power costs and suggested the event as a way of drawing students into the energy efficiency conversation.
Holyoke Elementary Principal Andrea Kammer said the school jumped at the chance to have experts from a major electrical educator and contractor come and present to students.
“Being out in rural Colorado, we don’t get as many opportunities like this,” she said. “And I think the students see the importance of this as well. I think they’re excited about it.”
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