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

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

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

Podcast 120: Meet Tustin High School’s Electric Car Team

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Thanks to students Jake, Nick, Jesus and William as well as teacher Ed Hernandez at Tustin High School for joining us on our latest podcast.  The team comes from the runners up finalist in UC Irvine’s Energy Invitational, on the show to talk about building the Chassis Lab Switch electric car that they are assembling during the school year. PODCASTListen Here

Tustin High shared their ongoing projects with us, which includes the Racer8 electric go kart, a Shop Bot, hovercraft, dunk tank and several others.  They also talked about what it’s like to be involved in high school engineering class, what they like most about it, their roles and what’s difficult.  In addition to getting a hands-on education, students also learn about design using software like Solid Works. Read more of this post

PODCAST 118: Students Answer the EV Challenge with Steve Garrett

EV Challenge Participants, Students, Teachers, Teams with their electric cars on a track.

We’re delighted to invite on this episode Steve Garret, the Executive Director for an organization called EV Challenge.  Steve has been a high school teacher for 27 years at Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina and recently took over as Executive Director for EV Challenge.  He teaches engineering courses at Cape Fear Community College. PODCASTListen Read more of this post