Area schools are gearing up for CAR WARS, an electronics competition that is held annually in the Black Hills area, which requires the participants to first build a remote-controlled model car, and then race it. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, April 23 in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rushmore Hall Room 104 in Rapid City.

The theme for this year is, “Full Throttle Forward.” Tom Termes, Black Hills State University, and Bob Olson, Western Dakota Technical Institute, assist the students with building their cars. BHSU will give an $800 scholarship for the first place team members. A total of nearly $1,200 in various gifts will be awarded to winners in addition to scholarships from Black Hills State University and Western Dakota Technical Institute.

The student racers face many challenges while preparing their cars. The first obstacle is building the car. According to Termes, remote-controlled cars are reasonably complex and almost never operate correctly at first, so the student racers have to do some electronics troubleshooting. Then, the students refine and improve their cars for ultimate speed and performance.

Ten schools will be involved in the competition this year including: Custer High School, Hill City High School, Box Elder Job Corp, Edgemont High School, Oelrichs High School, Belle Fourche High School, Lead High School, Spearfish High School, Sturgis High School, and Douglas High School.

Participating schools are able to bring an unlimited number of race teams. All teams will race the same car; however, the teams are encouraged to modify their cars for maximum performance.

For more information contact Termes at 642-6498 or at TomTermes@bhsu.edu.