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To tell us that your high school is interested in fielding a team for Solar Rollers, please look for the school signup form on the main menu above. 

For everything else, please send us an electronic mail using the form on the right.

520 S. Third St.
Carbondale CO 81623
USA

970 425 6426

Energetics Ed is a 501c3 non-profit bringing highly engaging energy education to young people. Solar Rollers is our flagship program - high school teams building and racing sophisticated solar-powered remote-control cars.

Videos, Press and Blog

Solar Rollers in 2 Minutes

           Rad drone footage

              2014 Trophy Race

            The First Race


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Press
Reno News and Review

“It’s an energy-based competition,” Davis said. “It’s not just the technology and the fabrication of parts and the engineering that goes into it; it’s actually an energy management program, the whole race.”

Reaching out beyond Colorado

This is going to be nationwide, and with remote locations and races, we have to scale it up...

Going Interplanetary on ABC News

ABC News in San Francisco led their Intersolar "innovations in solar" story with Solar Rollers. 

Solar Power World Article

The roller slammed into a  track barrier, built by solar mounting systems supplier Unirac, and its rear wheels jumped-up from the course. Nothing was damaged during that crash or a dozen or so subsequent ones, but the impacts elicited a few “aahs.”

“It’s just they go so epically fast, how do you not crash?” Slater asked, without overstating the speed. In a good straightaway, solar rollers can reach 28 mph.

Intersolar TV features Solar Rollers Special Exhibit

Can a reporter deliver his commentary and drive a Solar Roller at the same time? Start at 3:59 if you're in a hurry to find out.

RMI/Christian Science Monitor Feature Solar Rollers

Hands-on learning is best for understanding energy issues, study finds
Education is important for the future of the world's energy challenges, writes Laurie Guevara-Stone. And today's children can learn through hands-on experience, according to a Purdue University study.

Summit High School Feature

Members of the Summit High School tech club designed and built a solar-powered remote-control car that can go 28 mph. The car, one of two built by the tech club’s two teams, won first place for fastest speed at the Solar Rollers competition Saturday, May 17.

Battle Mountain High's Win in the Vail Daily

Their car was mangled after a competitor crashed into them and they were 40 laps down, working feverishly to get back on the track as other teams’ remote control solar race cars sped past.

And that’s when they had their MacGyver moment.

They replaced a non-replaceable broken king pin with the top of a drill bit and the spring from an ink pen.

CLEER Pre-race Article

“These brave students, teachers and team leaders from the community have really jumped in with both feet to learn about energy here. The effort they’ve put into strategizing, tinkering, experimenting, testing and refining has to be commended. They are already victors at the starting line.” said Davis.

Energetics Ed Non-profit Spotlight

 “The idea is that adults have not been very successful with solving energy problems,” he said, “So let’s give young people the tools they need to make changes as they enter the workforce and become consumers.” Solar Rollers teaches kids how energy systems work because, he explained, energy use is the most important human interaction with the planet. “It’s so easy to convince yourself that you’re maintaining an interaction with the planet by hiking up Castle Creek but it’s also about energy use in your car or in your home,” he explained.

Good Morning Vail on TV8
Battle Mountain High Prep Story

Kenny Vargas,17, solders interconnecting ribbons to a solar cell as part of the Technology Student Association’s Solar Rollers’ project Wednesday at Battle Mountain High School. The team will race their car in the Solar Rollers Trophy Race against other Colorado high schools on May 17.

Vail Daily Solar Rollers Story

Solar Rollers is Energetics Education’s flagship program. It hands all kinds of parts to teams of high school kids all over the region, and the kids make the cars go.

Noah Davis on "Sustain This!"

My sustainability guilty pleasure exposed: I am a giant fan of monster truck racing.

Aspen Public Radio Audio Story

The lightweight car on the table is about the size of an oven door, and it kind of looks like one too but, with wheels. A rectangular piece of carbon fiber lays on top of four wheels taken from a store-bought remote controlled car kit. The guts of the car like the battery and motor are underneath it. And, solar cells stretch across the carbon fiber top.

Post Independent Front Page Story

John Starr, a student at Yampah High, explains the solar car design he came up with for his school’s team.

“It’s changed since the original conception, as we tried to fit the parts and make the frame strong enough to protect the solar panel,” Starr said of the delicate glass panels, which are just a 10th of a millimeter thick. “It should be stiffer and stronger, and shouldn’t weigh any more than it has to.

“Something like this gives us more experience, and lets us practice some of the concepts we’ve already learned,” Starr said.

Sopris Sun Post-First-Race Story

This is going on my resume - 'made the first Solar Roller in the United States.' Robinson Meng, CRMS Student

Blog
Power vs Weight

Solar Rollers look pretty good when you line them up against full-size electric and solar electric vehicles...

Aspen Science Center Petition

The Aspen Science Center intends to turn the old Aspen Art Museum into a world class STEM discovery center - working with other area nonprofits like Energetics Education. Please sign the online petition if you live in the area and you happen to know a kid that likes liquid nitrogen ice cream parties!

Gaining speed...

A speedy note of thanks to the many supporters who made our summer event tour possible.

Solar Rollers at Carbondale Culture Club

The Carbondale Culture Club meets Wednesdays at noon to discuss things of great import. Like art, music and Solar Rollers.

Solar Rollers at AREDAY

We would like to thank AREDAY for inviting us to be a part of this incredible gathering this year and we hope to be a part of it again in the future. 

Solar Rollers at XSCI

The first ever experiential STEM teaching conference was held in Denver and Energetics Education was proud to be a part of it. 

Solar Rollers at the American Solar Challenge

Solar Rollers will be at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin Texas to run a demonstration race as part of the Formula Sun Grand Prix/American Solar Challenge event. The demo race will be run at solar noon on July 19 - the final day of the Formula Sun Grand Prix and the public day at the track.

Solar Rollers Special Exhibit at Intersolar

This unique display will allow Intersolar participants to experience firsthand the excitement of Solar Rollers, an innovative new energy education program for high schools. To take part in the program, each high school team designs, hand-builds and races a sophisticated solar-powered remote control car.

The Solar Rollers Special Exhibit will feature an active racetrack for these surprisingly quick PV-powered machines. The program and its parent non-profit, Energetics Education, will be at Intersolar seeking support from the solar industry for the national expansion of this award-winning program.

2014 Solar Rollers Race Results

Congratulations to all of the participants in the 2014 Solar Rollers season!

Big Ramps at the Big Race

Who could resist the loop-the-loop?

NEEF "Greening STEM" webinar features Solar Rollers

The National Environmental Education Foundation has featured Solar Rollers as part of its "Greening STEM" webinar series.

The Race Date is Set!

Can you see a good spot for a smooth paved racetrack on this campus?

10 Teams for 2014

What will happen when 10 high-tech Rollers hit the track? Vegas will have a hard time setting odds for this one...

New for 2014 - The Online Pit Area

The Solar Rollers Online Pit Area is the central resource for you and your team. It is intended to provide all of the information you'll need to move forward: written instructions, video tutorials and active discussion forums specific to a number of topics...