The students from Will James Middle School who competed over the weekend in the National Science Bowl won best design for their solar-powered, graphite racer.
The shoe-box-sized car was signed by astronaut and space pioneer Frank Borman, who lives in Custer with his wife. He hosted the Will James students at his ranch before they left for Washington, D.C.
The students designed and built their five-speed, electrically powered car from scratch using a complex graphite compound and had hoped to win Saturday’s race outright. But they were bested by St. Christopher School from Tonawanda, N.Y.
This is the third consecutive year that a Billings middle school has brought home an award from the National Science Bowl. Will James and Riverside Middle School have won national honors in the past two bowls.