Students from Vista Middle School’s Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) program claimed second place, a $500 check and a trophy for displaying the best teamwork at the annual New Mexico Electric Car Challenge Sunday, Nov. 18 in Albuquerque.

Vista Middle Team

Students from the Vista Middle School Middle School MESA program show off the trophies and check they won for earning second place in the annual New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. The annual competition tasks student groups to design, build and race a battery-operated model car and then present the rationale for their design to a panel of judges from Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

As part of the event, students designed, built and raced a battery-powered model car, developed a presentation discussing the major challenges facing battery-powered electric vehicles, then presented the physics behind their design to a panel of judges from Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Vista Middle School team’s design and presentation earned the group second-place overall, after placing second in both the design challenge and oral presentation, as well as an award for the team that displayed the best teamwork and a $500 check.

Approximately 60 teams participated in the statewide competition. This is the sixth consecutive year that students from Vista Middle have placed in the top two in the competition.

The MESA program is a pre-college program that prepares students for college and careers in mathematics, engineering, science or technically related fields, according to the NM-MESA website.

-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808