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70 Teams Compete in NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Seventy high school, college and university teams from 19 states, Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Mexico and Russia competed in the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge this weekend at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

This event challenged students to design, build and race their lightweight, human powered roving vehicles. Their goal was to solve technical problems along the way similar to engineers at NASA.

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Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology from Reno, Nev., won first in the high school division. The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao Team 2 won in the college division. The two teams posted the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions. The Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology won with a time of three minutes and 37 seconds in the half-mile course. The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao Team 2 finished the course in four minutes and nine seconds.