Solar Sprint

2 youth on the starting line with their solar carWhat is the Solar Sprint?

The Solar Sprint is a fun, interactive way to teach principles of renewable energy and the engineering design process; as students create solar-powered model cars. The top cars from each participating school/site are invited to attend the state race where they are raced for top speed and judged on innovation, design, craftsmanship, and other categories. This program strives to increase youth interest in STEM-related topics and careers.

For more information or questions about the program, please contact Danielle O’Neill at

group of youth with solar cars on the starting line with race supporters behindThe 2019 Maine Solar Sprint state race will be held on June 8 from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the University of Maine, Orono

Registration is at 9:00 AM and will take place in the atrium of the Donald P. Corbett Business Building on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

In addition to a great day of racing, you will have the opportunity to tour the ASCC and learn more about the engineering department and other programs at the University of Maine.

Registration Deadline: June 1

Register Online

Please, bring a bag lunch; on-site food will not be available to purchase.

Donald P. Corbett Business Building

Race Day Schedule

9:00 AM: Registration and inspection of cars

9:45 AM: Practice racing

10:30 AM: Announcements and begin racing

12:15 PM: Lunch and car judging

1:30 PM: Final race heats

2:30 PM: Awards presentation

Downloads for Participating Schools/Sites:

Special Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:

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