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

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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

PODCAST 127: Team Captain of Formula Hybrid Winner, Dartmouth’s Eric Din

Dartmouth Formula Racing - Winner of the 2014 Formula Hybrid at NH

Formula Hybrid Winners: Top row, left to right: Paul Hogan, Christopher Rhoades, Eric Din, William Jewett; Bottom row, left to right: Arthur Bledsoe, Erik Skarin (driver), Sean Hammett

Our latest Podcast is with Eric Leung Din, Captain of the Dartmouth Formula Racing Team. Dartmouth recently won the Electric Division of the 2014 Formula Hybrid Competition. PODCAST: LISTEN NOW

If you’re wondering about the secret behind Dartmouth’s win, Eric Din dishes out some juicy details on the Podcast, like who supplied the motor/controller, who supplied the battery management, and why the car is named Shona. Of course, Dartmouth had home field advantage as host for the competition along with the Thayer School of Engineering. Read more of this post

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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PODCAST 125: Watt’s Happening at Venture Academy and American River College

American River College looking at ChassisLab electric car kit from Electric Auto Shop

ChassisLab Switch EV at American River College

Electric Auto Shop founder Mike Mack joins the latest episode of the Podcast. It’s hard keeping up with Mike traveling up and down the State of California, meeting with prospective schools, attending education conferences and delivering ChassisLab and Racer8 kits. So we’re glad he could jump online and share the latest with us. PODCASTListen Here Read more of this post

PODCAST124: Powered by Twitter and Grit, MINDDRIVE CEO Reveals California EV Tour

Minddrive-carmen-ghia-student-evElectric Auto Shop is excited to have Steve Rees on the Podcast. Steve is the leader and Mentor-in-Chief from the world famous high school team MINDDRIVE of Kansas City, Missouri.

MINDDRIVE took the world by storm last year when the student team devised a way to power their electric Volkswagen Karmann Ghia from Kansas City to Washington DC on tweets. Steve talks about how the social media stunt grabbed worldwide headlines and gathered 49 Million Tweets. The team appeared on CNN and even Sir Richard Branson blogged about the student team. PODCASTListen Here Read more of this post

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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