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From left, R.C. Murphy Middle School students Ilka (Credit: Barry Sloan)

From left, R.C. Murphy Middle School students Ilka St. Denis, 12, Michelle Sun, 12, and Sophia Abanov, 12, react as their model solar car wins a race during the Junior Solar Sprint at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Middle school teams from around the region competed in the event, designed to promote renewable energy education. (May 21, 2012)

Middle schoolers vie for solar car title

Middle schoolers who came to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to participate in the Junior Solar Sprint, a solar car race, faced the worst possible challenge -- no sun to power their cars. So they adapted and used batteries.

Mineola Middle School students Chloe Katinas, 12, right,
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Mineola Middle School students Chloe Katinas, 12, right, and Kevin Fraccalvieri, 12, look on as their model solar cars cross the finish line during the Junior Solar Sprint at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Middle school teams from around the region competed in the event, designed to promote renewable energy education. (May 21, 2012)

From left, R.C. Murphy Middle School students Ilka
(Credit: Barry Sloan)

From left, R.C. Murphy Middle School students Ilka St. Denis, 12, Michelle Sun, 12, and Sophia Abanov, 12, react as their model solar car wins a race during the Junior Solar Sprint at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Middle school teams from around the region competed in the event, designed to promote renewable energy education. (May 21, 2012)

Seventh-graders Sophia Abanov, Michelle Sun and Ilka St.
(Credit: Arielle Dollinger)

Seventh-graders Sophia Abanov, Michelle Sun and Ilka St. Denis (left to right) display their first-place design trophies at the Junior Solar Sprint solar car contest at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City. (May 21, 2012)

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Students request last-minute parts as they prepare their
(Credit: Arielle Dollinger)

Students request last-minute parts as they prepare their solar cars for the next heat at the Junior Solar Sprint solar car event at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. (May 21, 2012)

Trophies were awarded at the Junior Solar Sprint
(Credit: Arielle Dollinger)

Trophies were awarded at the Junior Solar Sprint solar car race at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City. (May 21, 2012).

Students set up their solar cars for a
(Credit: Arielle Dollinger)

Students set up their solar cars for a race during the Junior Solar Sprint at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City. (May 21, 2012)

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