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Grand Forks kids build solar cars

Dante McDonald, Dawson Thomas, Ana McGill, Cliona O'Connor, Sydney Thomas Missing from photo Best Overall Makenna Burrows, Jayden LeRoy

Two Grand Forks elementary schools once again participated in the Grand Fork’s Environment Committee's Solar Car Project.  Thanks to donations from Fortis, the City of Grand Forks and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area D, over 130 school children built solar cars.

This is the third time the schools have participated in this project. Each year the student car designs have become more elaborate and clever.  The students were given a basic model kit to assemble and run on a track provided by the Boundary Wood Workers Guild.

Volunteers from the Grand Forks Environment committee Paul Pinard, Chris Moslin, and Gary Smith introduced and assisted the students with three challenges: build a more beautiful car, build a more original car and build the fastest car.  

Races were held to decide the fastest cars in each school while the students voted the winners of the other two categories.  Many of the cars built this year will be on display at the Fall Fair in August.  

 

-- submitted by Chris Moslin