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

MSU engineering students building ‘car of the future’

engineering students building electric car of the future

MSU Engineering Students

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Driven to lead in vehicle performance and energy efficiency, Mississippi State University engineers are steering development of the “Car of the Future.” Though the vehicle may look like a typical crossover SUV, its engine will not be connected to the wheels like conventional automobiles. Instead, the engine will rotate a generator that charges an energy storage system which will provide power to two electric motors driving the rear wheels. “Our focus here is trying to demonstrate Mississippi State’s capabilities in developing advanced technology to enhance vehicle technology,” said principal investigator Zach Rowland, deputy director of MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. “The goal is to advance the technologies by developing the engineering technology and the engineers that will help promote and advance vehicle design.” READ MORE

American River College Attends Instructor Training [VIDEO]

Special thanks to the instructors from American River College.

 

PODCAST 126: PG&E Puts New Energy in California High Schools

High School Class Writing Electric Cars into its Own Curriculum

After meeting the students and teachers of New Energy Academy at ChassisLab instructor training in Sebastopol, California, they were kind enough to use some of their classroom time to hold a Google Hangout and record a Podcast with us.

We had a chance to hang out with a classroom that is writing electric cars into its high school curriculum. New Energy Academy is part of Venture Academy, a school within a school concept being tested in California. The project was funded by PG&E with high schools in in Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield and Berkeley and helps teach students green technologies like hydrogen fueled cars, wind farms and most recently electric cars. PODCAST: Click Here
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Electric Auto Shop Welcomes Venture Academy

Electric Auto Shop is proud to be partnering with Venture Academy, which is part of the New Energy Academy in Stockton, California and sponsored by PG&E.  Here’s a quick video to show the students and teachers as they attended training this week in Sebastopol at Switch Vehicles.  We’ll follow this up in a few days with more details of the program.

Podcast 123: Educating for Careers Conference Wrap-Up

Chassis Lab from Electric Auto Shop on display at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento.

Chassis Lab is designed to teach math and science by building an electric car in class.

Michael Mack, the founder of Electric Auto Shop, joined the podcast today to give us an update from the Educating for Careers Conference March 2-4 in Sacramento, California.  The annual conference is a three-day professional development event surrounding career technical education (CTE). PODCAST: Listen here

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Chassislab Highlights Electric Car Show in Suisun City

Chassislab is a school course where students learn math and science by build the Switch EV from Sebastopol-based Electric Auto Shop.

The Switch electric vehicle from Electric Auto Shop is available as a school course called Chassislab to teach students math and science by building a complete electric car.

From a veritable smorgasbord of leading electric car-makers–Chevrolet, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Via Motors and others–it was the Switch from Electric Auto Shop that landed on the front page of the local paper.

The open-framed electric car draws a crowd wherever it goes as spectators can see how the electric drive train and mechanics of the car work. It was designed to help students learn math and science by building a complete electric car in the classroom through a course called ChassisLab.

ChassisLab is a step by step curriculum for teaching electric vehicle technology. The program is designed for grades 9th and up. It is a 16-week course taught and assembled in the school lab/shop and classroom. Learn more at Electric Auto Shop and read about the Suisun City EV Show in the Daily Republic.