Education Outreach for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE continued in September and October, 2011 at the U.S.Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon held in the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Nineteen collegiate teams from around the world competed to determine which group had created the most efficient solar powered home. Competition categories included Architecture, Energy Balance, Affordability, Engineering, and Market Appeal.
Though quite a few of the competition days were solar-challenged, the demonstration homes performed well, and visitors lined up for a chance to inspect the innovative design and construction inside and out.
The Under The Hood – Drive Change Today activity cart was very popular with the energy-efficiency-minded Solar Decathlon visitors. The activities in the cart are designed to provide a hands-on introduction to principles of energy use, by-products of energy consumption, and conservation.
Mixing vinegar and baking soda provides an immediate Carbon Dioxide reaction…