Solar Rollers Student Team Sends Email Back from the Future

A team of future high school graduates has developed technology capable of sending emails and digital attachments back from the future. The group call themselves the “Photon Farmers” and they are the future winners of the 2017 Solar Rollers energy education competition.

They sent the following email and attached photo from 2018 to the nonprofit that runs Solar Rollers, Energetics Education based in Carbondale, Colorado. 

“Hello from the Solar Rollers World Finals in 2018!

We are the winning team from 2017 (you don’t know us yet) and we’ve formed a startup after graduation. Our first app sends email messages like this one back in time. It requires some serious hardware but we were able to acquire the Large Hadron Collider for a song after the accidental black hole incident.

We are resisting the temptation to send back real-life spoilers but we just had to send this picture of the 2018 Solar Rollers World Finals race. It’s going off.

We are currently working on a business model for our app that solves real problems for society and promotes sensible energy use. We’re starting small by sending a few ideas back to 2001 — to a guy we met named Elon Musk. He appears to have some potential and we need to start somewhere.

Taking part in Solar Rollers racing was a real hoot and a great way to build a team while learning all aspects of an energy system. Thousands of high school teams now participate in the program and partners include SunPower, Tesla, Apple, Google and Lego. By the way, Lego now dominates the electric vehicle market with customizable convertibles that come with color-coordinated plastic helmets. 

We’ll let you know when it becomes possible to send a reply to us. In the meantime, don’t take any wooden nickels (not legal tender until 2017) or buy any hydrogen-fueled vehicles.

The ‘Photon Farmers’ Team

April 1, 2018″

To learn more about the real present-tense Solar Rollers program, visit

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Noah was a secondary school teacher in rural Australia when drought and devastating bushfires came to the area - identified by the IPCC as a center of accelerated climate change. Noah then returned to the US specifically to teach energy-related climate change solutions. After running Solar Energy International's K-12 programs for five years, Noah started his own non-profit, Energetics Education. The company's keystone program, Solar Rollers, works with high school teams to design, build and race solar-powered remote control cars. Energetics Education is currently building Solar Rollers into a national program.

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