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Daniel Wright Junior High School Wins First Place In Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Contest

June 23, 2006

Daniel Wright Junior High School from Lincolnshire, Ill., captured top place in the model hydrogen fuel cell competition on the first day of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Middle School Science Bowl.  R.D. and Euzelle P. Smith Middle School from Chapel Hill, N.C., took second and Westover Park Junior High School from Amarillo, Texas, came in third.

The winning teams are among the 26 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, administered by DOE’s Office of Science and hosted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the University of Denver (DU).

Winning teams receive trophies and gift certificates from Discovery.com.

Each team was given a fuel cell and plastic fuel tank to construct a model hydrogen fuel cell car, which they built and raced yesterday in the University of Denver’s Newman Center (Gates Concert Hall). Building and racing the model cars challenges the students’ engineering and design skills.

Today 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 9 a.m. at DU’s Sturm Hall (Davis Auditorium), 2000 E. Asbury St.  On June 24, the final teams will compete from 8:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in DU’s Sturm Hall (Davis Auditorium).  The contest is free and open to the public. More information and photos can be found at http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/nmsb.

—James Bosch