The 19th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race will be held April 13 – 14, 2012 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Students are required to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team. There will be about 90 high school and college teams competing from all over the world, including India, Russia and Puerto Rico.
East Limestone High School is one of the teams ready to compete. According to teacher Kelly Ford, they’ve been working hard. “They’ve been showing up here lately every Saturday, Sunday afternoons, after school until 5 or 6 o’clock. So they are very dedicated.”
The students come up with a design, fundraise to get the supplies they need, and then build and race their creation.
According to junior Frederick Stephens, “It makes me feel pretty good that our school has people like this here, because it speaks well about out school.” Stephens adds, “It shows all the potential we have. And eventually I think a lot of these people will go off and do great things with their lives.”