Great Year For Panhandle Junior High Science Teams

April 17th, 2014

Winning team, left to right, Pantex Race Coordinator Debra Halliday, Ali Gustafson, Katelyn Lacy, Mary Cowan, Kaylee Brassfield, Mr. Meyer, Education Credit Union representative.

Winning team, left to right, Pantex Race Coordinator Debra Halliday, Ali Gustafson, Katelyn Lacy, Mary Cowan, Kaylee Brassfield, Mr. Meyer, Education Credit Union representative.

Mr. Kevin Meyer and several Panhandle Junior High Students traveled to Amarillo on Saturday, April 12 to compete in the B&W Pantex Middle School Electric Battery Car Race at Caprock High School.

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.

Fourth place team, left to right, Education Credit Union representative, Luke Ray, Andrew Neusch, Baylee Ogletree, Pantex Race Official Debra Halliday and Mr. Meyer. Not pictured was teammate Dallen Jones.

Fourth place team, left to right, Education Credit Union representative, Luke Ray, Andrew Neusch, Baylee Ogletree, Pantex Race Official Debra Halliday and Mr. Meyer. Not pictured was teammate Dallen Jones.

Pantex Official and Race Coordinator Debra Halliday said, “It’s a fun way for us to encourage a new generation of inventors and engineers.”

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!