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Posted November 26, 2013

More than 48 Schools Participate in 8th Annual Alternative Fuels Challenge

Taft and McKinley middle schools were among the winners of this year's event.

More than 280 students from 48 middle schools from across the state participated in the eighth annual Alternative Fuels Challenge for the title of the fastest hydrogen model car to cover a 30-meter track.

This year's winners were from Vista Middle School in Las Cruces. Their model covered the track in 3.045 seconds at 184 mph. Other winners were Taft and McKinley middle schools.

Students also competed in design and oral presentations on hydrogen and the design of their model.

The competition provides students and teachers hands-on real application of STEM in a project-based learning event. Teachers of the three overall winners receive a total of $1,500 for their science departments to expand energy education in their schools.

Sandia National National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, PNM and APS co-host this annual event.

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