Local Students Compete In NASA International Competition

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 3/25/2014 1:12 pm
Reno, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- High school engineers from the Academy of Arts, Career and Technology will soon be competing against other schools and universities around the world in the 2014 NASA Human Powered Rover competition in Huntsville, Alabama.

"It's fun to build things that go fast," says Senior Jason Christensen, the team captain. Jason and his team mates have spent all year building a new rover that they'll pack and up and take to Alabama during spring break.

"Just this week to get it done, we've been working everyday, from 3pm to 10 o'clock at least," says Christensen

This isn't the first time these high school engineers have competed in this international competition. In fact, in the last three years, AACT teams have won the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award, the Featherweight Award and the Rookie Team Award .

They've also placed in the top ten each year in the race against university and high school teams from around the world.

"It's a point seventh of a mile race, there's up hill, down hill off course train, have to make sure we get first place," says Daniel Aguiren. He's considered the "athlete" on the team. He'll be competing in the race portion. He and his partner Maddie have been training on last year's rover and on a stationary bike.

"I think it's awesome that we get to represent our city and our school and that we've made top ten, especially because we are in high school," says Aguiren.

The team says their biggest competitor this year is a team from Puerto Rico, but, they are confident they'll be able to snag a win in all of the categories this year.

"It's a great honor, that's all I can say because we are one of the only teams on the West Coast and we are so young in this competition, that no one really knows us but the fact that they can recognize us that Reno team that's been doing so good this year it's a great honor," says Christensen.

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