EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.- A team of Central Middle School eighth-graders are competing in the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The CMS team qualified for the national competition during a regional competition in February. They took first place out of 24 teams.

The team is composed of Matthew Schachter, Nishant Sathe, Carter Swift, Gaurav Basnet and Nibir Sarma.

Members of the team stopped by KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the upcoming competition.

The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

The CMS team found out last month they would have to build an electric car for the competition. This competition tests the creative engineering skills of many of the brightest math and science students in the nation as they gain hands-on experience in the automotive design process and with electric battery technology. Test runs have proven the CMS vehicle to be fast. Coach Bill Prem says, "we almost broke it a couple times."

The top 16 high school teams and the top eight middle school teams in the National Finals will win $1,000 for their schools' science departments.

The National Science Bowl will be held from April 24-28 in Washington, D.C.