The car race, which is part of the National Science Bowl, allows students to apply scientific knowledge, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build a car powered by renewable energy.
Three science teams, made up of seventh and eighth grade students from Panhandle, competed against 34 other middle school teams from the surrounding area. Prizes were awarded for the most stylish and fastest cars.
Some impressive cars were entered in the double elimination races, but our seventh grade all-boys’ team took fourth place for fastest and our eighth grade all-girls’ team brought home the first place prize for speed.
Mr. Meyer said this is the second time that Panhandle has won in the Electric Car Race and the first time that an all-girl team has won. The girls’ very simple carbon fiber model beat out some of the more elaborate aerodynamic varieties.
The seventh grade boys brought home a check made out to Panhandle Junior High for $100 and the eighth grade girls brought home a check for $400. Each member of the winning teams was awarded a handsome race car trophy.
Members of the all-boys’ eighth grade science team were Bradlee Brandvik, Noah Ford, Samuel Koone and Nathan Reynolds.
Brandvik, Ford and Koone, along with Arianna Hann and Grace Keuhler, who won the Science Bowl back in February, will travel to Washington, D.C. later this month to compete in the National Science Bowl. Congrats and have fun!
Kudos to Mr. Meyer and his science teams this year! Great job!