Podcast 120: Meet Tustin High School’s Electric Car Team


Thanks to students Jake, Nick, Jesus and William as well as teacher Ed Hernandez at Tustin High School for joining us on our latest podcast.  The team comes from the runners up finalist in UC Irvine’s Energy Invitational, on the show to talk about building the Chassis Lab Switch electric car that they are assembling during the school year. PODCASTListen Here

Tustin High shared their ongoing projects with us, which includes the Racer8 electric go kart, a Shop Bot, hovercraft, dunk tank and several others.  They also talked about what it’s like to be involved in high school engineering class, what they like most about it, their roles and what’s difficult.  In addition to getting a hands-on education, students also learn about design using software like Solid Works.

Tustin High School’s T-Tech Motorsports won 2Tustin High School T-Tech Motorsports Teamnd place overall in UC Irvine’s Energy Invitational, part of the California Challenge at the Dept. of Energy’s Solar Decathlon & Expo.   They are racing to finish the Chassis Lab electric car kit in time to compete in the 2014 Maker Challenge this spring.

A big thanks to instructor Ed Hernandez for organizing the Google Hangout with his students.  He came on to tell the story of Tustin High School’s Engineering/Design Academy, how they started with EVs, racing and the energy competition.  He also talked about what it took to get the program started, about tools, equipment, safety and what they need to keep the program going for future classes.  Read more about Ed Hernandez and his accomplishments from a recent article in the Orange County Register.

Congratulations to the seniors who have already been accepted to college engineering programs.  I’m sure their experience at Tustin HS helped.


About Alex Campbell
“Alex” is a creative writer, editor, blogger, and digital marketing professional seeking freelance opportunities in marketing, communications, social media, public relations, investor relations, government relations, sales and service. Offers over 20 years experience elevating brands, sharing stories and driving sales for interesting, innovative and disruptive products, services and new technologies.

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