By Kayla Benjamin and Robert R. Roberts
Even as the school year winds down, DMV kids and teens have had no shortage of new opportunities for learning this month. On June 1, more than 200 D.C. high schoolers joined the Department of Parks and Recreation for a Youth Environmental Summit held at Congress Heights urban garden The Well at Oxon Run.
Next, students from across D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Ohio raced around a track in RFK Stadium on June 3 — in electric vehicles they built themselves. The Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix challenged high school teams to craft lightweight, single-person cars and complete as many laps as possible in a one-hour timeframe, using only the vehicle’s batteries. This year, first place went to Stuarts Draft High School, from Virginia. D.C.’s Wheaton and Jackson Reed high schools took home second and third place, respectively.