DOE Launches National Science Bowl Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Race

Middle School Regional Champions From Around the Country to Compete
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 44 middle school teams from across the nation will race against one another in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl Competition.
The middle school teams designed and built their model cars from everyday household materials and brought them to D.C. to compete.
The teams will be judged on two criteria – time trials and car design.
The three middle school teams with the fastest cars and the team with the best design will receive trophies. The team with the fastest car and the team with the best design will also receive $500 for their schools’ science departments.
Each of the participating teams emerged from a regional science academic competition to earn an all-expense-paid trip to DOE’s National Science Bowl.
In addition to racing their cars at the National Science Bowl, which runs through April 30, teams will also demonstrate their knowledge of all science disciplines in a fast-paced question and answer competition format similar to Jeopardy.
The National Science Bowl is the nation’s largest academic competition of its kind and the only one sponsored by a federal agency.
A list of the 44 teams and other information about DOE’s National Science Bowl are available at:
NOTE: Following the races, there will be a satellite feed of footage showing the competition, including the final speed races.
Still photos of the teams racing their cars will be available on request, as well as on a Flickr feed at
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