News Release: Tucson and Colorado Springs Middle Schools Win Science Bowl Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Competitions

June 18, 2004

Golden, Colo. — Doolen Middle School from Tucson, Ariz., captured top place in the model hydrogen fuel cell stock competition and Jenkins Middle School from Colorado Springs, Colo., captured top place in the open class model car competitions on the first day of the National Middle School Science Bowl.

Roosevelt Middle School, from River Forest, Ill., took second for the stock class model cars (cars made directly from a fuel cell kit, with limited modifications), and Brandon Middle School from Virginia Beach, Va, came in third.

Lux Middle School, from Lincoln, Neb., took second in the open class competition (cars with a standard fuel cell and solar cell, with other design elements left up to the team's imagination) and R.D. & Euzelle P. Smith Middle School from Chapel Hill, N.C., came in third.

The winning teams are among the 20 entries in the National Middle School Science Bowl from around the U.S. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors and hosted by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Colorado School of Mines.

Winning teams receive trophies and gift certificates from Each of the teams was given a fuel cell and plastic fuel tank to construct a model hydrogen fuel cell car, which they built and raced today in the School of Mines' Student Center Intramural parking lot. Building and racing the model cars challenges the students' engineering and design skills.

On Saturday, June 19, the students face off in a fast-paced question-and-answer contest that tests their knowledge of earth science, physical science, life science, math, and general science. The round robin academic competition starts at 8 a.m. at Alderson Hall, 16th and Illinois streets, Golden, and concludes with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Green Center. The contest is free and open to the public.

See the National Middle School Science Bowl Web site for photos and more information.

—Sarah Barba