Solar Cars Coming Soon to Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Date: July 26, 2016

The 1,975-mile solar car rally will visit 9 National Park Service sites in celebration of the agency's centennial.

Scotts Bluff National Monument is proud to support science innovation and celebrate the National Park Service Centennial by hosting a stop on the American Solar Challenge on August 5, 2016.University teams from around the world have designed and built solar-powered cars. Those that qualify will drive them 1,975 miles on the open road during an 8-day rally, stopping at 9 different National Park Service sites in 7 states, including Scotts Bluff.

The American Solar Challenge cars will arrive at Scotts Bluff National Monument throughout Friday, August 5 and spend the night. On Saturday morning, the cars will start the last leg to Wind Cave National Park at 6:00 am. Visitors are invited to see the cars and enjoy the other activities, includingdiscovering how climate change impacts the Midwest and making sun-heated s'mores. Visit the Energy Expo at Legacy of the Plains from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday to discover more about saving energy. You can find more special experiences in the national parks at

As part of the 2016 Centennial, the National Park Service has challenged itself to provide more research and education around the effects of climate change on national park resources.The Green Parks Program encourages walking, biking, ride-sharing, and use of fuel-efficient or alternative-fuel vehicles.The American Solar Challenge highlights these efforts by bringing solar-powered cars to parks.

"We are excited to welcome the solar cars to Scotts Bluff National Monument.Visitors will get the chance to explore spectacular park resources, see cool cars that use innovative solar technology, and learn more about National Park Service efforts to reduce our impact on the environment."

Every two years, the Innovators Educational Foundation organizes the American Solar Challenge, a collegiate student design competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered vehicles in a cross-country time/distance rally event. "We're looking forward to bringing the solar cars to 9 national parks across the Midwest during the American Solar Challenge 2016 and celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. We hope visitors will take this opportunity to see the solar cars, meet the teams, and find their park," says Event Organizer Gail Lueck.

The American Solar Challenge will begin at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio on July 30, 2016 and end in Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota on August 6, 2016.Midway stops include Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Homestead National Monument of America, and Scotts Bluff National Monument.More information is available on the Midwest Regional Office website.

For more information about regulations and the university teams competing, visit photos are available on the American Solar Challenge Flickr page.


Last updated: July 28, 2016

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