[VIDEO] Crowdfunding Teaches Kids about Government

Hey, teachers! Crowdfunding is becoming an alternative source of funding for educational projects, like building electric cars, but it can also teach kids about taking initiative and responsibility for their own education.  Check out the video below, a news story about how crowdfunding helps kids learn about government.  Contact us if you would like assistance in crowdfunding your next EV project.

Students learn about crowd funding

7 Hyper Efficient Cars from 2014 Student Racing Season

Students and Teachers building alternative fuel carsIt’s student racing season!  Whether you are racing in the Shell EcoMarathon, Electrathon, National Science BowlCalifornia Energy Invitational, Formula Student, Formula Hybrid, Formula Electric, the Nürburgring Nordschleife or other alternatively fueled race, the winner is most definitely the planet!

Thousands of miles will be raced with thousands of gallons and decibels of noise pollution being reduced. Not to mention the thousands of students and millions of brain cells enhanced through the design of automobiles that use less gasoline. Hybrid, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, electric, bio-diesel, ethanol… they’re all here.  Enjoy our gallery of Student Racers below the fold! Read more of this post

Iowa School for Deaf Builds Electric Car

Students working on electric car

Students from Iowa School for the Deaf build electric car

(Daily Nonpariel) Metal shop students at the Iowa School for the Deaf built a translucent electric car as part of a classroom project designed to fuse teamwork with engineering principles.

The vehicle was built by students after working on a prototype earlier in the year. The Power Drive program offers organized rallies to show off and test vehicles, culminating in a contest scoring the vehicles on braking, maneuverability and endurance.

DJ Meyer said the driver must weigh less than 120 pounds and be able to exit the car in 20 seconds – their main driver can do it in 12 – in case of an emergency. The car’s insignia, N-78, refers to it being in the novice class, open to teams of students who have not participated in the contest previously. Read More

[VIDEO] Electric battery car race highlights student achievement

Student electric car teams race battery powered model cars

Young engineers and inventors race battery powered electric cars to learn more math and science.

Amarillo, TX – Young inventors and engineers had a chance to show off their skills Saturday morning at the B&W Pantex Electric Battery Car Race.

Over a month ago, a number of teams were given a kit to assemble a model car that is only powered by electric batteries. Read more of this post

Study Shows Girls and Minorities Missing from Sciences

the balance is against women and sciences in the classroom

(New York Times) A big reason America is falling behind other countries in science and math is that we have effectively written off a huge chunk of our population as uninterested in those fields or incapable of succeeding in them.

Women make up nearly half the work force but have just 26 percent of science, technology, engineering or math jobs, according to the Census Bureau. Blacks make up 11 percent of the workforce but just 6 percent of such jobs and Hispanics make up nearly 15 percent of the work force but hold 7 percent of those positions. There is no question that women and minorities have made progress in science and math in the last several decades, but their gains have been slow and halting. And in the fast-growing field of computer science, women’s representation has actually declined in the last 20 years, while minorities have made relatively small gains. Read More

PODCAST 116: Are We There Yet?

More AFVs coming out on the market, and why students are more important than ever
We live in interesting times when several models of alternatively fueled vehicles are now on the open market, with more coming out.  As developers of alternative fuel vehicles, on this episode of the podcast Mike and Alex talk about why Electric Auto Shop is more relevant than ever. PodcastListen Here

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PODCAST: Electric Submarines and Crowdsource EV Projects with Michael Mack

lotus-esprit-submarine-electric

Everyone has their dream car, so it was amusing to read this past week about Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk acquiring a famous car from the James Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’ In the film, the car in question, a Lotus Esprit, is being chased by the bad guys when 007 drives it off a pier, crashing into the water and pushing a button that transforms the car into a submarine. Reportedly, Musk found that the film used special effects and the car doesn’t actually transform, but he wants to make the car electric and able to go underwater anyway. Read more of this post