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Students learn math, science, physics under the hood of a car

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Math , Physics, Chemistry - all being taught under the hood of a car? That's right! A race car and tonight students from Chavez High School are racing against time before the big "Texas Mile Competition."

"This used to be the battery and we extended all the connections like 5- 10 feet," said Walter Campos a high school senior who explained how the engine of a race car should look "clean."

That's just one lesson he learned from his Science and Engineer teach Mr. Greg Ditch.

"At this point we're just making sure all the bolts are tightened wires are in the right place," Says Ditch.

Ditch used to compete in motorsports and that's really where this idea stems from. He wanted to give students a "real hands-on" experience.

With the help of donations from JC Whitney, students were able to watch as a Pontiac GTO rolled into their shop before they added all the performance enhancing tools.

"This started out as a 400 horse power Pontiac GTO. We're pushing close to 600 horse power on the car."

Ditch explained how it's all possible because of his dedicated students who've put in a number of hours under the hood, hoping to get this car to travel 180 plus miles an hour.

"Like I really didn't know in the transmission that you had to use a star method to, like, distribute the weight from the car," said Karen Rubio while Walter worked to re-wire certain parts of the engine.

"We've learned a lot about aero dynamics, like how the car works, like all the mechanics inside the motor."

Students will hand over the keys by the end of the week to pro Nascar driver Donnie Neuenberger.

He'll be here in Houston come Wednesday before taking to class project to compete in the Texas Mile. It's basically where the car will go for a "test" run in hopes that these students have given it enough horse power to set a record.

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