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

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

American River College Highlights Green Auto Shop Courses

We’re excited to read in the student newspaper published at American River College an article highlighting the green auto shop courses being offered to students in 2014-2015.  After meeting their instructors over the summer for their Electric Auto Shop training, and interacting with them on Twitter, it’s no wonder that green technologies are that latest buzz on campus. The video above includes interviews with ARC instructors from the recent training.  Check out the article at The Current:

Junked Jetta Transformed into Electric Car by UVA Engineering Students

UVA Students make electric car out of totalled Jetta.

Jetta virtually unrecognizable after treatment by UVA Engineering Students.

(NBC29) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – A Volkswagen at the University of Virginia is now a fully electric sport car. (WATCH VIDEO) A team of undergraduates used the body of a totaled Jetta – donated by State Farm insurance – to redesign an electric car with safety in mind as their senior capstone project. They have been working  to remodel the car since August. 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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Iowa School for Deaf Builds Electric Car

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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

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