PODCAST 130: Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser Previews 2015 Competition

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Photo from 2014 Formula Hybrid

Engineering students across the country are losing sleep and slacking on their other subjects. So says the founder of Formula Hybrid, Doug Fraser, who came on the Podcast to talk about preparations for this year’s competition. PODCAST Listen Here

Formula Hybrid Founder Doug Fraser

Doug Fraser, Formula Hybrid

Formula Hybrid takes place April 27 – 30, 2015 at the new Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Founded and run by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth University since 2006, the competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series.

According to the website, Formula Hybrid is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. They must collaboratively design and build a formula-style electric or plug-in hybrid racecar and compete in a series of events. The educational competition emphasizes drivetrain innovation and fuel efficiency in a high-performance application. Read more of this post

Superstar Racing Bros’ Jordan and Ricky Taylor Help Detroit High School Students in Belle Isle Grand Prix

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Jordan Taylor (far left) and brother Ricky Taylor (top right) consult with the Cody High School Racing Team ahead of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

It’s great to see young stars helping teach next generation, so hats off to Jordan and Ricky Taylor.  The famous racing brothers are helping out Cody High School of Detroit, Michigan in developing an electric race car for the the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 29-31.

“It’s always cool to see kids involved in racing, like today here at Cody High,” said Jordan Taylor. — Detroit Free Press

The student project is the subject of a recent article in the Detroit Free Press… READ MORE

More STEM Education for Women with ‘Girl Day’

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce, but comprise only 39% of chemists and material scientists, 27.9% of environmental scientists and geoscientists, 8.3% of electrical and electronic engineers, and 7.2% of mechanical engineers.

Enter Girl Day, an event created to combat such numbers by DiscoverE, a volunteer organization with the mission, according to Thea Sahr, its director of programs, “to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism.” READ MORE

Should STEM become STEAM? via The Atlantic

Recently in a video The Atlantic asked a group of academics within some of America’s top universities to debate how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) could benefit from another letter. “I have no hesitation in saying we need to add the letter A,” says Harvard University education professor Howard Gardner. “An education devoid of arts…is an empty, half-brain kind of education.” Other panelists include Sebastian Thrun, Drew Faust, Erika Christakis, and Nicholas Dirks. READ MORE

Grant Trains California Auto Shop Teachers in Electric Car Assembly

Electric Auto Shop Course Brings Alternative Fuels into the Classroom

Electric Auto Shop, Inc. (www.electricautoshop.com) received a grant from the Fresno County Office of Education to enable eleven automotive instructors from throughout California to attend specialized training in electric car assembly January 26-30 in Sebastopol, California.

Costs for the five-day course were covered under the California Industrial Technology Education Project (CITEP), which is a contract held by the Fresno Regional Occupational Program from the California Department of Education. The project is responsible for program development, support, and professional development activities related to industrial technology education sectors, including transportation, while gathering and promoting examples of best practices. Read more of this post

PODCAST 128: Automotive Instructors from American River College

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Instructors from American River College Automotive Technology Department

On this episode we are delighted to share conversations we had with three automotive instructors from American River College.  These instructors visited over the summer for Instructor Training and we posted a brief video after their visit.  This podcast is a longer version of those conversations from veteran automotive instructors, some of which have over 20 years experience in automotive education. LISTEN NOW Read more of this post

American River College Highlights Green Auto Shop Courses

We’re excited to read in the student newspaper published at American River College an article highlighting the green auto shop courses being offered to students in 2014-2015.  After meeting their instructors over the summer for their Electric Auto Shop training, and interacting with them on Twitter, it’s no wonder that green technologies are that latest buzz on campus. The video above includes interviews with ARC instructors from the recent training.  Check out the article at The Current:

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