9th graders use science to compete

Posted at 2:04 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 16:05:00-05

After months of work, the 9th grade students at Riverglen Junior High unveiled their CO2 powered drag racers.

The students with guidance from their teachers have been working on modifying designs and decreasing weight on their drag racer to try and hit the highest speed possible on the track.

The competition is now into its second year and teachers at the school have seen how the engineering process has not only been informative but fun for the students.

Some of the dragsters have hit up to 60 miles per hour and has similarly speed up student imaginations.

“I want to be an engineer when I grow up,” a student eagerly explained.

Aerodynamics, physics and kinetic energy read from a text book usually makes students squirm, but add some wheels and horsepower and it can kick learning into high gear.