ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A hush fell over the Monte Vista Elementary School gym Friday afternoon as students huddled around miniature race cars and awaited a teacher’s go-ahead to launch them down taped-off lanes.
“This is intense,” fifth-grader West Buxton quietly confided.
Seconds later, Buxton’s teammate Zeus Maes unleashed Disco Ninja – a toy automobile the boys’ team spent the past two weeks designing, with the help of University of New Mexico engineering students. Propelled by an orange balloon, Disco Ninja managed to dart 22 feet across the basketball court. Not the farthest of the 16 entries, but satisfying nonetheless.