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SU Students Keeping Green With Solar Powered Bicycle

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SALISBURY, Md - Summer research projects have wrapped up for 27 groups of local college students.  One of which is putting the summer sun to good use.

Rising SU seniors Sam Brown and Katherine Murphy, and rising junior May Palace have developed a solar powered bike which coincides with the schools "green" philosophy.  The bike will allow students to travel to campus from farther distances, using less effort.  The students claim the bike will let the passenger travel about 10 miles without any peddling or additional fuel sources. But, they say they did hit a few bumps on the road.

"We had to change the designs about two or three times," says Sam.
"Figuring out where the solar panels should go was a big challenge for us. We were trying to figure out what was most efficient, what was most convenient for the user," May explained.

All 27 groups received funding from either the Guerreri Family Foundation or the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The group received a $1,000 grant from NSF, and they say the total project cost them about $1,500. 

They hope to improve their bike next semester, by better directing the solar panels towards the sun, and using a lighter weight bicycle.  However, they are not yet sure where the funding to continue will come from.

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