"We're actually starting to get known around campus. Before everyone just said 'what's Chem E-Car'?" said Joseph Houck, a "Chem-E-Co" captain.
"Everyone thought we were just some little team that built weird little cars," said Wyatt Hunter-Johnson, a "Chem-E-Co" captain.
By thinking outside the box their "weird little car" or "Chem–E–Car" took second place at a regional contest.
"The color change is the exact opposite of what everybody else does. They always do a darkening reaction. And we went the opposite direction," said Hunter-Johnson.
"We think it made us pretty unique, as well as the car's size. We were really small in comparison to some of the other cars," said Houck.
To get that unique look and help take second place, spring break had to be sacrificed.
"Over spring break, me and the other captain put in probably over 100 hours, working on the jsa," said Hunter-Johnson.
But at first the team didn't find the success they were looking for.
"We thought we're going to do pretty good, but on the first run we actually ended up in fifth place," said Hunter Johnson.
The second run went much better.
"We're thrilled to get second and we'll be attending nationals this October in San Francisco, California," said Houck.
Regardless of October's outcome, the 19 students who built that "weird car" earned some rare real life application.
"Great experience, especially for people who are graduating because now you have practical experience and leadership," said Houck.
"It's a good way to apply all your classroom knowledge, outside the classroom," said Hunter-Johnson.
The team will take it's "weird car" and go for $2,000 at the national competition, not too bad for going outside the classroom.