[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

Solar Roadway Wins Crowdfunding

Thanks to a 9-yr-old for sharing this cool video with us about Solar Roadways, which is on the verge of achieving its $1,000,000 crowd-funding goal.

From Indiegogo:

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving. Read More

Tustin T-Tech Wins 2014 California Energy Invitational

tustin-t-tech-2014-winners Congratulations to our friends at from Tustin High School’s T-Tech Engineering Program!  We learned via email they are celebrating a first place finish at the 2014 UC Irvine Energy Invitational in Riverside, CA this past weekend.

Tustin High School’s engineering program is a favorite of ours as they use our Racer8 electric go kart as their race vehicle.  We also had the team on our Podcast last year when they were the runners up for the 2013 Invitational. Read more of this post

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

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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Georgia High School Students Compete in Electrathon Racing

High School Students in Georgia with Electrathon Racer

High School Students Race Electrathon electric race car they built themselves.

Solid driving by junior T.J. Blanchette and senior Lisa Reed along with good engineering by the Mill Creek High School Electrathon team resulted in a first place finish for the Hawks during the April 19 Electrathon America race at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga.

The race consisted of two, hour-long heats in which drivers attempted to cover the greatest distance possible within the allotted time. High schools represented at the race included Mill Creek, Grayson, Lambert, Rabun County, Brooks County, South Forysth, North Forsyth and Forsyth Central. Read More

FL High School Students Build Electrathon Racers [VIDEO]

High School Students working on an Electrathon Race Car

Students from Crestview High School in Florida

(Crestview News Bulletin) CRESTVIEW —  For the first time in Crestview High School history, students will participate in an electric car race.

VIDEO: Watch a test run of a CHS electic car>>

Two teams will enter battery-powered cars in the sixth annual Emerald Coast Electrathon 120 Classic, scheduled for April 26 at the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola.

More than 20 local and national teams including high schools, colleges and individual enthusiasts, are expected to compete, race promoter Vaughn Nichols said. Read more of this post