Harmony Science Academy – Houston High is among a handful of high schools across the United States to have a Shell Eco-Marathon team, since this competition is traditionally dominated by top notch universities and their colleges of engineering. This was not enough to discourage or intimidate our amazing students from doing their best in this national competition. Harmony’s team traveled all the way to Detroit, MI to compete at this year’s Shell-Eco Marathon. A total of 135 teams were in the race but the first step was to go through an inspection of each vehicle built by participating teams. Inspection was passed smoothly for Harmony, while many teams including some major universities not passing inspection. This was a major boost for the team’s confidence. From the 8 teams that represented Texas, Harmony was crowned 2nd best, only putting them behind Lamar University. Our team ranked 24 in the race out of 135 cars, leaving behind many ambitious college teams. Harmony students started working on the car back in September, and took about three months to work on the shell of the car made from fiberglass. “I’ve been truly lucky to be a part of this club. It has given me a great opportunity to learn about teamwork, and to learn how principles of science, math, and engineering can be applied in a very hands on approach” said team member Manuel G. The team has already starting preparations for next year’s car, that will be made of carbon fiber. We would like to congratulate Mr. Eroglu and his team, the time and dedication that they put into their work does not get overlooked.