Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Dozens of students from across the Midlands and from as far as Charlotte have spent weeks building race cars and gaining science, technology, engineering and math skills along the ride.

Ten teams made up of more than 125 students competed Friday in the 2016 Fall Carolina Invitational at Bush River Raceway.
The students raced remote-controlled race cars that they built and also designed.

“Many practices, building cars making sure the tires are correct. We also did trial races at the school, seeing who’s the best driver, seeing who can take tires off the best,” Senior Destiny Haynes of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School explained.

Haynes says she's spent long hours preparing and learning for Friday's competition and has learned a lot too.

“Cars in general from tires, motors, connecting the batteries, making sure the battery is charged correctly,” Haynes said with a smile.

Her teacher Phyllis Pelzer is happy her students are gaining so many great skills in the process.

“They have to learn about the different parts of the car. The motors how they work, how to manipulate the cars or the drag race the cars will work differently, so they learn a lot of skills they can actually use in real life,” Pelzer said.

Hough High School out of Charlotte took away the top prize. Alcorn Middle School was the top Midlands team coming in third.

Richland One hosted the event and it was sponsored by TEN80 National STEM League.

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