Penobscot Times advances UMaine Extension’s Maine Solar Sprint

The Penobscot Times published a University of Maine news release announcing the 2019 Maine Solar Sprint race, which will be held June 8 at the University of Maine. The 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. event, now in its 25th year, is free and open to the public. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H program challenges students statewide to create solar-powered model cars as an interactive way to learn principles of renewable energy and the engineering design process. A goal of the program is to increase youth interest in STEM-related topics and careers. The top cars from each participating school or site are invited to attend the state race June 8, in which the vehicles will compete for top speed and will be judged on innovation, design and craftsmanship. Participants also will have the opportunity to tour the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and learn more about engineering and other programs at UMaine.