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Long Beach Solar Grand Prix 2010
Get your application in by Friday, December 18th!
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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Solar and Sustainability Task Force are sponsoring the first Annual Solar Grand Prix (April 10, 2010) competition in which students, grade 6-12, are invited to design and build a solar-powered model car that will complete a race in the shortest possible time using the available power.

Sign up now for this exciting event!
Teams will receive a Solar Car Kit, which includes a solar panel and an electric motor. Using any other materials, competitors will design and build a model solar-powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter (65-foot) racecourse. The winner of the competition will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head to head elimination rounds.
The Solar Grand Prix challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles.

Competition Details

  • Each team will receive a Solar Car Kit that has been donated by a corporate sponsor. The kit includes a solar panel and an electric motor.
  • The motor and solar panel contained in the kit must be used without modification. The remainder of the vehicle must be the students' own design and can be made from any other materials.
  • Sunlight will be the only power source for the vehicle. No batteries or energy storage devices are permitted.
  • The vehicle must fit within the following dimensions: 30 centimeters (cm) x 60 cm x 30 cm.
  • The car must have a chassis that is three-dimensional. Teams will NOT be allowed to bolt the axles and wheels of the car directly to the solar module. The
  • solar module cannot be used as the chassis of the car.
  • Teams are comprised of 2 - 4 members.
  • Each team will have a coach (teacher, parent, or other volunteer) who can assist the students.
  • Race participants must be in 6 - 12 grade, and must be a resident of Long Beach, or attend an LBUSD school or a Long Beach private school.
  • Awards will be given to the middle school team and high school team with the fastest vehicle, and for design.

Important Dates

  • Friday, December 18 - Applications returned to Councilwoman Schipske's Office.
  • Saturday, January 23 - Teams will be required to attend a workshop with their coach in order to receive the solar car kit and participate in the Solar Grand Prix. At the workshop they will learn about solar energy and how the race will work.
  • Saturday, April 10 - Race Day!!!

Find registration forms and additional resources at
For more information, contact Matthew McHale, Neighborhood Liaison in the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, 562-570-3102 or