Middle and high school students from Stephens and Cotton counties put their skills to the test at the 10th annual Duncan Area Youth Engineering Contest.
More than 300 students participated in the contest. Each student had to come up with their own design and build their own car. They've been working on their cars for the past several months.On Monday, they raced students from others schools and competed in different categories including fastest car, best engineered, and people's choice.
"We had to draw a bunch of stuff to make the final drawing and everything we had to carve them out, measure everything in the design, we had to paint them and sand them," said 7th grader Brayden Bowman.
Bowman placed second overall and won $200. He said it feels good to see his hard work pay off.
"I really like science and stuff, I want to be an engineer when I grow up," said Bowman.
Red River Technology teacher Gretchen Taylor said this contest is more than a school project. It's also helping students explore the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
"They get to make detailed measurements and to be able to design it, put their idea on paper of what they built and so it ties together the hands-on concepts, plus a lot of engineering skills as well," said Taylor.
Content Strategy Manager for "Go Engineer," and one of the judges of the competition Tandy Banks participated in a similar event 30 years ago and said the competition helped him get where he is today.
"I didn't know it at the time as a 7th grader in Marlow. I didn't know it was going to turn in a career me, and I didn't even know it through high school. I was really good at math, I was good at science, and I was really good at art," said Banks.
Banks hopes this competition will inspire more students to pursue a career in the STEM field, and it's something 7th-grade student Kennedy Kizarr wants to do.
"I feel like it would be fun especially if you had to work in a group or something and build something," said Kizarr.
Kizarr placed first overall, and won $300, she plans to save her money for something special.
"It feels great actually I was surprised," said Kizarr.
Cameron University was at the event today and talked to students about different career paths and scholarships they offer in the STEM field.