The sun fires up solar cars built by students

5:56 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Knoxville) Some Knox County kids harnessed the power of the sun on Tuesday, in a lesson that was both educational and lots of fun.

Fifth graders from Sequoyah Elementary partnered with the UT Engineering School and its students to build cars operated on solar power as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program.

The school says these types of events help students get a hands-on experience with science and technology, and the students seemed to enjoy the lesson.

"I enjoyed it because it was just a hands-on activity and it's just really fun. Pretty cool because I didn't think it would work because I haven't ever done anything like this before," said one student.

Sequoyah says it hopes it can continue to get more hands-on events like this to help inspire and motivate kids in science.

The UT students are participating in the Current program, a UT led effort for a nation-wide infrastructure upgrade using all forms of energy.

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