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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Piscataway students tackle STEM challenge

Written by Christina Giannantonio

PISCATAWAY — Two teams of students from Piscataway High School earned honors at the eighth annual Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge held Dec. 17 at New Providence High School.

Forty-three teams of students from 14 New Jersey high schools competed at this year's challenge, a STEM program offered by TransOptions, a transportation oriented non-profit organization and The Linde Group, a worldwide gas and engineering company, which is designed to teach high school students about alternative fuels.

To participate in the challenge, teams must design and build a hydrogen-powered model car to enter in a race. Students also are required to produce, store and transfer the hydrogen needed to power their cars and submit a written portfolio documenting their car concepts, designs and comments.

At the end of the race, awards are given to teams for their cars’ speed, craftsmanship, engineering and progress journal.

Henry Rodriguez, David Skup and Sean Daly, members of Piscataway High School team "Aqua Kart," finished second in the Progress Journal category while their classmates, team "R.C.", Justin Wanzie, Austin Theofanides, Kim Sarza and Jacob Vitalicio, finished third in both the Speed and Progress Journal categories.

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