Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) - Around 600 students sent solar-powered boats and vehicles into a race in Frankfurt. The Frankfurt RheinMain solar race was held on Thursday under the motto "Sun moves!" organized for the fourteenth time, as announced by the city of Frankfurt. Pupils from eight primary schools and 16 secondary schools competed with self-built solar boats and solar cars.
The fastest vehicle, the most intelligent construction and the most beautiful vehicle were chosen. A total of 80 solar boats and 350 solar cars took part in the race. Trainees from Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt also presented winning designs from an internal competition.
The solar race is an educational competition and is intended to bring children and young people closer to the natural sciences in the field of solar mobility in practice. On a small scale, the "future technology" of solar mobility should be made tangible. The solar race was organized by the environmental learning association in Frankfurt as part of the city school board's energy-saving program.