A team of middle-school students from Fresno's Edison Computech is a national hot-rod champion -- of sorts.
The students on Sunday built the fastest lithium-ion battery-powered model car during the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Computech's car traveled 20 meters (about 65 feet) in 6.05 seconds. The car from Panhandle Junior High School in Panhandle, Texas was second in 6.2 seconds.
Computech's victory was worth $500 for the school's science department.
The 48 middle schools competing in Sunday's car races won regional science bowl academic competitions. While academic competition is the primary focus of the National Science Bowl, the car races are designed to further engage middle school students in science and math.
The National Science Bowl concludes Monday with the top two middle school teams competing for the championship.
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