Solar Cars Coming Soon to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site during the American Solar Challenge

National Park Service News Release

Contact: Nick Murray or Carl Broxterman
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 354-4273

Solar Cars Coming Soon to Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site during the American Solar Challenge
1,975-mile solar car rally to visit 9 National Park Service sites in celebration of the agency’s centennial

Topeka, KS – Brown v. Board of Education NHS is proud to support science innovation and celebrate the National Park Service Centennial by hosting a stop on the American Solar Challenge on August 3rd. 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 Brown v. Board of Education NHS.

The American Solar Challenge cars will stop at Brown v. Board of Education NHS on August 3, from approximately 1-4 p.m. Visitors are invited to see the cars and enjoy the other activities, including discovering how climate change impacts the Midwest, making sun-heated s’mores, and numerous vendors offering information on sustainability. You can find more special experiences in the national parks at FindYourPark.com.

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.

Sherda Williams, (former) Superintendent, “We are excited to welcome the solar cars to Brown v. Board of Education NHS. 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 americansolarchallenge.org. Media-quality photos are available on the American Solar Challenge Flickr page.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools. The site is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas, and is open free of charge, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information call (785) 354-4273 or visit www.nps.gov/brvb and www.facebook.com/brownvboardnps.

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