SARASOTA – Twelve-year-old Oula Winder and her younger sister 11-year-old Kia, test drive their new wheels. They spend about six weeks making sure the tires had enough traction to drive through the obstacle course and learning how to maneuver the car.

“We finally came up with something we both like, team panda” says Winder.

Mother of team Panda members, Mira Winder, says she couldn’t be prouder of her two daughters.

“It was an amazing experience for them, they learned that they could take their ideas and make them into something solid and real,” adds Winder.

Their mother says, this project is giving these home schooled girls a chance to put all their academic knowledge to use.

The remote control custom race starts tomorrow at 9:30 am at the Suncoast Science Center with 60 teams competing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Krystel Knowles

Krystel Knowles joined SNN in February of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in News Editorial and Telecommunication Production. Krystel is trilingual- fluent in Spanish, English and French (and picked up some Portuguese while studying abroad in Brazil).
Krystel started her career in print journalism. She was a correspondent for the St. Pete Times Newspaper, staff writer for Focus Magazine, and head reporter and photographer for South Tampa community news publication. In 2011, she made the switch from print to broadcast journalism. She has since worked as a photojournalist for Fox 35 in Orlando, and also as a photojournalist/multimedia journalist for ABC action news in Tampa.
Although she was born in Tampa, Krystel moved to New Port Beach, California within a few months. She then spent 8 years in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida. While living in Peru, Krystel danced at the National School of Ballet and sang in a choir.
Her passion for ballet led Krystel to figure skating in 2015. Her other hobbies include: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and traveling.