Weinstein Beverage Company donates water for Solar Races at BBCC

Three children look at three solar cars moving down a track.
Three students watch in excitement as their solar powered cars start down the track at Big Bend Community College in May 2022.

MOSES LAKE — Students participating in the annual Solar Races at Big Bend Community College will receive their water courtesy of Weinstein Beverage Company.

Each year, a solar-powered car kit is provided to Moses Lake 5th grade students through a partnership between REC Silicon, Grant PUD, North Central Educational Service District and Big Bend Community College. Students then build their own cars in class, learning about solar power in a hands-on fashion, before hitting the track and racing them at the Big Bend campus.

“Solar Races have been around going on two decades. It’s had many host locations from individual schools, to the county fairgrounds, and Big Bend since 2014,” said Rafael Villalobos, Director of the HEART Project, a Title V grant awarded to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). “The one constant over the years has been collaborative partnerships between public, private, and educational partners to create meaningful, interactive, and engaging learning opportunities for our local kids that will lead to meaningful careers here at home and around the world.”

Weinstein Beverage Company, based out of Wenatchee, has stepped up to donate all the water needed for the solar races this year.

“Weinstein Wholesale Solutions wishes to thank REC and Big Bend Community College for the opportunity to partner with them on such a great event,” a comment by the Weinstein team said. “It is wonderful to see an event for kids that is directed towards renewable energy as well as our future. (The solar races are) truly a great learning experience for all.”

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