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Eighth grade students race soap box derby cars

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Eighth grade students from Stewart Middle School in Tyler designed and built soap box derby cars, then raced them in this second annual event. 

Students were split up into groups of four and were given two wooden dowels, cardboard and duct tape. The kids had two weeks to build their rides. Friday the students put the cars on display to be judged in categories such as best in show and creativity. The big race was last and crowned a champion. 

8th grader Aron Alonso told us his team relied on the lessons they learned in the classroom to build their car. "all that math and stuff keyed in when we did this, you had to get your measurements, the diameter of the tires......it just goes to show you what they teach you in school, really ties in."

Fellow student Maya Walkers car won most creative with the design of an ice cream truck. "it just came off the top of my head, let's do an ice cream truck and it just turned out good."

The day ended with a demolition derby in which only one car was left on it's wheels.

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