Connecticut, West Virginia Students Win the Fuel Cell Car Challenge

April 30, 2007

High school students from Storrs, Connecticut, and Bridgeport, West Virginia, took top honors on April 28th at the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, part of DOE's National Science Bowl competition. The team from the Edwin O. Smith High School of Storrs took first place in the ten-meter straight-track speed race, and the team from the Bridgeport High School of Bridgeport won the inclined track race with their hydrogen-powered model car. The two first-place teams will each receive $1,750 for their schools' science departments. The Model Car Challenge is one of several events in which 32 of the 64 National Science Bowl teams took part on April 28th. See the DOE press release.

While Eastern schools dominated the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, on April 30th a school from the West won the main event: the 2005 National Science Bowl championship. A team from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, was the top competitor among 64 teams from across the United States, beating out defending champion State College Area High School from State College, Pennsylvania, in the national championship match. The Poudre High School team won a science research trip to Australia, while second-place State College Area High School won a research trip to France. The top 16 teams in the competition won $1,000 for their schools' science departments. See the DOE press release.

DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in these fields. The 64 National Science Bowl teams had to first win regional competitions before congregating in Washington, D.C., for this weekend's competition. See the National Science Bowl Web site.