Gauger-Cobbs Middle School of Newark and W.T. Chipman Middle School of Harrington claimed the checkered flag April 28 in the Junior Solar Sprint, a competition in which students build and race solar-powered model cars.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Energy and Climate teamed up with the Delaware Technology Student Association to organize this year’s competition at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

The Junior Solar Sprint competition is part of a national program sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. It encourages students to engage in problem-solving, teamwork and scientific thinking to solve environmental challenges. DNREC has participated in Junior Solar Sprint for more than 20 years. This year’s competition was in conjunction with the Delaware Technology Student Association 2017 State Conference.

Participating schools in this year’s Junior Solar Sprint were MOT Charter Middle School, Middletown; Fred Fifer Middle School, Camden; W.T. Chipman Middle School, Harrington; Providence Creek Academy, Clayton; Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington; P.S. duPont Middle School, Wilmington; Holy Cross School, Dover; Sanford School, Hockessin; Springer Middle School, Wilmington; Postlethwait Middle School, Camden; Beacon Middle School, Lewes; Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Newark; H.B. DuPont Middle School, Hockessin, and Alfred G. Waters Middle School, Middletown.

All-around winners for combined speed design, and presentation were Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Car 2, first place; Springer Middle School, Car 7, second place; and W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car 14, third place.

Top five teams in time-trial races were Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Car 3, first place; Springer Middle School, Car 7, second place; Springer Middle School, Car 8, third place; W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car 15, fourth place; and W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car 14, fifth place.

Top five teams in creative design were W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car 14, first place; Springer Middle School, Car 8, second place; Sanford School, Car 19, third place; Holy Cross Middle School, Car 21, fourth place; and Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Car 11, fifth place.