In a cross-country race using solar-powered vehicles, in which every driving decision counts, eight teams of high school students from across the United States and Mexico are relying on advanced technologies such as notebook computers, wireless communications, and global positioning system (GPS) software to help them reach the finish line.

The students are participating in the Green Mountain Energy Co. Winston Solar Challenge, an eight-day, 1,400-mile competition designed to motivate students in the sciences, provide

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