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Register today, for CPP’s 3rd Annual Solar Sprint!

web IMG_8953School bells are beginning to ring in Cleveland, and with the start of a new year begins planning for Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Solar Sprint.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, will mark the third year the city’s public electric company has sponsored the Solar Sprint in an effort to engage and enlighten students on solar energy as a source of power.

To take part in this fun, educational experience students in grades 3-8 form teams consisting of a minimum of two and a maximum of four participants. There are two Divisions – Junior represents grades 3-5 and the Senior division is for students in grades 6-8.

The Sprint is open to students residing in the city of Cleveland. Form a team with classmates, Church Youth Group members, Scout groups, Recreation Center friends, Boys & Girls Club buddies or your neighbors!

To register your team, complete the form below and we will send you a registration form. Each team must have at least one adult supervising the team. This is a great opportunity to share the joys of math, engineering, and science in a fun and competitive activity.

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Register your students today!

Just a little reminder that Cleveland Public Power’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint is coming up! This is an awesome event for your students in grades 3-8 to exercise their math, science and creativity skills.

Workshops are planned to give them an overview before head back to their studios and create masterpieces! The process promotes teamwork and a renewed interest in STEM subjects.

Sign up your student today – you won’t regret it!

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It’s time to race! Rev up your engines for CPP’s 2nd Annual Solar Sprint

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The thrill of racing! West Side Boys & Girls Team members cheer on their entry. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

We’re gearing up for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Public Power Solar Sprint and we’re looking for Cleveland students interested in building their own race cars! If you have youngsters who like to take things apart and put them back together, who find enjoyment in math and science or who have a creative flair – they are the perfect candidate!

In an effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) hosted its first Solar Sprint last fall and it was a huge success. Students participated from the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles E. Mooney and Tremont Montessori as well as The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, among others.

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Contestants await the signal to start their cars. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Sprint is a miniature solar-powered car race. However, before you get to racing, you have to build your car. To build your prize-winning vehicle, each team will purchase a Solar Sprint Kit for $24*, containing all of the basic necessities i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities; however the bulk of the car is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 12th or Saturday, September 19th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 10 during Cleveland Public Power’s Annual Public Power Week Open House!

For more information call CPP’s Marketing Department at 216-664-3922.

*The $24 fee will be refunded on race day.

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CPP Solar Sprint is the highlight of Public Power Week Open House

 

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Crowd gathers for CPP’s Annual Public Power Week Open House. (Photo by City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Each year CPP’s marketing staff asks, “How can we make your local power company sexy, exciting and appealing to the public?” This year, we think we hit the mark and can unequivocally say, “The 2014 Public Power Week Open House was a success!”

Our goal when planning the event is to engage and educate the community and the addition of the CPP Solar Sprint seems to be just the spark we needed.  Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager explained, “Each year we have a pretty good event where our employees bring their families out and showcase their workplace, but we want to engage the entire community, especially CPP customers. This year we had at least one hundred new visitors if not more, and we couldn’t be happier.”

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team Pure Radiance representing Charles A. Mooney. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The CPP Solar Sprint is a solar powered car race for students in grades three through eight. Each team is provided with a model kit which they design and engineer to compete in timed trials. Teams were judged on design and overall best time.

Charles A. Mooney Science Teacher Tina Kovach spoke of the rewarding experience for her and her students, “the CPP Solar Sprint not only gave my students the opportunity to design and engineer, and it empowered them to move beyond traditional learning without fear of doing something the `wrong way.'”

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

The Junior Division teams get set to race! (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Twelve diverse teams entered the competition; from home-schooled to parochial students as well as children from the Westside Boys & Girls Club and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority youth groups.

Parent Shivankari Sanjeevan, sent us this message after the event, “My son and his friends enjoyed the competition immensely. It was good to see them spend time working on this solar car, learning new things and working as a team instead of spending their time together on Minecraft and other video games. Not one word was mentioned about a video game the past two weeks!!!”

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Team U. S. Patriots make some last minute adjustments. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Spectators enjoy the race. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Team Turtzilla racing to the finish. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

In addition to the Solar Sprint we also hosted our usual set up which bucket truck rides, a cable pulling station which taught the kids how to operate our heavy duty equipment, face painting, the kids were able to paint their very own light switch plates for their homes, and tons of free pictures were taken.  We also hosted our annual Corn Hole Competition in which Water Pollution Control enjoys entering and taking home the grand prize every year.

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Some of the light switch plates on display as they dry. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Despite the chilly temperature, this outdoor event was by far the most successful one yet.  The Open House was moved to the downtown administrative offices building in which contributed to this year’s success. Passersby stopped to see what all of the excitement was about. At one point in the day we boasted approximately two hundred people in attendance having a good time in our parking lot.

 

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Solar Sprint Workshop a success!

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Photo highlights from the Solar Sprint Workshop

This past weekend Cleveland Public Power hosted a Workshop in preparation for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint to be held as part of its Public Power Week Open House on Saturday, October 11th.

Twelve teams registered for the event, with the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Charles A. Mooney Mustangs entering four for the most from any organization or group!

During the Workshop CPP Electrician Austin Taylor went over the basic construction of the solar powered cars provided to the students and fielded questions.

At the end of the session the students were pumped and ready to begin designing their own vehicles.  In addition to CMSD the Sprint will feature teams from the Westside Boys and Girls Club, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Outhwaite Homes, and St. Dominic School.

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Cleveland Public Power to host 1st Annual Solar Sprint Oct. 11th

The Countdown until Public Power Week has begun

Next month Cleveland Public Power will join more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 47 million Americans in taking time out to celebrate the success of public power and to salute our customers.

In effort to engage and educate our community on the use of renewable energy sources, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) will host the 1st Annual Solar Sprint. This is a miniature solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8. The students will form teams with a minimum of two members and a maximum of eight, and collaborate on the design and construction of a solar car they will enter into the Solar Spring on Saturday, October 11th during the Annual Public Power Week Open House.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Print this form to register for the Solar Sprint.

Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager, for CPP explained, “This is an opportunity for us to engage the community, particularly our youth, in good fun that also demonstrates the use of solar power. We actually got the idea from our counterparts in Memphis and we’re optimistically anticipating a true Indian summer with sun and warm temperatures so that this event will go off without a hitch.”

An application and overview of the Solar Sprint are included in this post. We are currently recruiting for teams, so if you have children with an interest in the sciences or who like to build things, please encourage them to join the CPP Solar Sprint. If you are unable to print the Registration Form pictured above, please complete the form below and we will send you an application.

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