2017 Maryland / DC Winter NSL Invitational

Posted March 28, 2017 by Toni Cerbo

Ten Maryland/DC regional Ten80 Student Racing Challenge hopefuls gathered at Gapbusters Inc. in Riverdale, MD on a school day OFF for “a day ON with STEM”.

Things heated up on the racetrack for the first regional competition in 2017! The racetrack was relatively small, and though there were a few pileups along the way, teams raced cleanly and respectfully. Graphic car bodies zoomed around the track, as teams made overt and subtle impacts with bold colors and designs in addition to their driving skills.

Students displayed creativity and innovation on the racetrack and in their presentations. The hallways were lined with team logos and good, clean presentation boards. 3-minute fever pitches were highly rated by the judges. All teams truly showcased the 21st Century Skills students cultivate as part of the National STEM League.

And the winners are … drum roll please …

Grand Champions = Highest overall points including any bonus points
1st Place Grand Champion: FIRE 02 from Fire NSBE Jr.
2nd Place Overall: Black Diamond from Gapbusters Inc.
3rd Place Overall: C.H. Flowers from Charles Herbert Flowers High School

Race Events Winner = Highest combined points for 3 race events. No score dropped.
1st Place: TA Tigers from Takoma Academy NSBE Chapter
2nd Place: FIRE 02 from Fire NSBE Jr.

Enterprise Winner = Most points combined for 3-minute pitch and elevator pitch Bonus
1st Place: Black Diamond from Gapbusters Inc.
2nd Place: FIRE 02 from Fire NSBE Jr.

Graphic Design Winner = Most points combined for Team Identity and Car Decal
1st Place: FIRE 02 from Fire NSBE Jr.
2nd Place: FIRE 01 from Fire NSBE Jr.
3rd Place: C.H. Flowers from Charles Herbert Flowers High School

Special thanks to Dr. Butler, Soulihe Nida and the rest of the team at Gapbusters for hosting this event and for reaching out into the community to find volunteer judges. Ten80 looks forward to seeing many of you at NSBE Nationals in Kansas City at the end of March or another DMV regional event soon.

Thanks for sponsorship from the U.S. Army. Learn more at GoArmy.com

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