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

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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.