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Wheat Ridge team wins at Eco Marathon

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — A team from the Wheat Ridge High School STEM class took first place at the Shell Eco Marathon with its hydrogen fuel cell car.

It is an annual international competition in Detroit that challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

The Detroit competition hosted teams from North American and South America, most of whom are college and university teams.

According to Jefferson County Public Schools, students began working on their hydrogen fuel car in September, in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. It included creating the design, making molds and putting in electronics.

The cars first passed a series of technical inspections, then a trial run on an indoor track.

Against formidable competition, the Wheat Ridge team won first place.

In the three years it has entered, the Wheat Ridge team has won first place twice and took second last year.

The students dedicated many evening and weekend hours over several months to get their car built and running.