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Students Use Chemical Reactions to Propel Cars at Engineering Contest

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Hundreds of students built shoe box-sized cars for a competition in Charlottesville as part of a Chemical Engineering Regional Conference.

The University of Virginia's chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers held a "Chem-E-Car" contest at Memorial Gym.

Students and staff from more than 20 schools had to build a car powered by a chemical reaction. Teams were given a specific load and distance for their project just an hour before the competition started.

“You kind of have to do all the testing, the calibration and makes sure everything runs smoothly and can stop on the point that you want it with the weight that you're given at the competition,” said conference chair Colvin Wang.

The team that stopped its car closest to the indicated distance won the competition. The top five teams in this regional conference qualify for a national contest.

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