The race is on at North Star Academy


    Middle schoolers at North Star Academy worked in teams to design, build and program their cars. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    Students at one Asheville City school are spending the semester speed racing.

    But, there are no losers in the classroom -- only winners

    Middle schoolers at North Star Academy worked in teams to design, build and program their cars. The challenge was to build a vehicle that would go as fast as possible. Plus, it had to travel at least 20 feet -- but no more than 30.

    In the end, the students had to connect, create and collaborate to complete the project.

    "Sometimes, if we wanted to do, like, different things, we had to problem solve and have, like have, each other's ideas and then kind of like put it all together," sixth-grader Damon said.

    "And, every time we wanted to add something or take something away, we would talk to the other people about it," seventh-grader Isaac said. "It was tough at first, but it got easier."

    "It's a friendly competition, but you still get bragging rights for the rest of the day and that's pretty nice," seventh-grader Mackenzie said.

    After the races, the team members talked with their teacher Mr. House about what went right and what went wrong.

    Next, they'll tweak their robotic cars and then put them to the test again.

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