Solar Sprint Runs Smoothly Despite Rain
car’s PV panel provides a small electric motor with enough energy to propel it down a 60-foot track within 20 seconds. Once the cars met this basic requirement, the students then attempted to run their vehicles down the same course in 35 seconds with an added 12 ounces of lead weights on the car frames.
Other standards include the scientific process, nature of sciences, nature of matter and energy, force and motion, earth and space science, technological design and career planning.
Overall, 118 students met the standards set forth by the exhibition, and 126 exceeded them. Each school awards students with a $ 3 or $ 5 McDonald’s gift certificate, courtesy of event sponsor HECO, during their own year-end award assemblies.
“ This was our biggest turnout yet,” Murakami said, “and the cars ran really well.”