CSU’s Educational Outreach a Success in February

A group of girls at Preston Middle School work together to understand the regenerative braking kit.

A group of girls at Preston Middle School work together to understand the regenerative braking kit.

 BY: Torie Hawn

 Educational outreach has been a big part of February for Colorado State’s Vehicle Innovation Team (VIT). With three separate events, the students were eager to hear about EcoCAR 3 and alternative energy.

The first event was at Blevins Middle School on Feb. 5, and the CSU VIT held three different sessions for 7th grade students. In the midst of working on their science fair projects, the students were looking for inspiration. What better way to get inspiration than by presenting a sort of science project of our own?

The engineers talked about the method they use – the engineering method – and how that compares to the scientific method they learned about in class. They talked about how they approach problems, how they collaborate to solve those problems, and how they reach that final goal. However, the real excitement began when they started to talk about the Chevrolet Camaro. At the end of all three sessions, the students got to see the CSU EcoCAR 2 – a visual representation of a project success.

Two days later, the team traveled to Timnath Elementary for their annual STEM Festival where this year’s theme was energy. A large community event, there were students from many different ages accompanied by their parents.

Several students came through to check out our regenerative braking kits and hear about EcoCAR 3. The CSU EcoCAR 2 made another appearance as parents and students alike were interested in the types of energy it applied.

Most recently, the CSU VIT visited    on Feb. 18. This time, we caught students in their renewable and nonrenewable energy unit. The engineers spoke to a crowd of more than 30 students about EcoCAR 3, why it’s important to find alternative fuels for automotive technology, and how CSU EcoCAR 3 applies to their unit of study.

Following the presentation, the students engaged in some hands-on learning about energy with our regenerative braking kits while our engineers offered answers and assistance.

All of these events gave us the opportunity to teach local students about the EcoCAR 3 program, automotive technology, energy, and regenerative braking!

Levi Weber answers a question during one of the presentations at Blevins Middle School.

Levi Weber answers a question during one of the presentations at Blevins Middle School.

 

Engineering Manager, Clinton Knackstedt, explains regenerative braking to one of the students at the Timnath Elementary STEM Festival.

Engineering Manager, Clinton Knackstedt, explains regenerative braking to one of the students at the Timnath Elementary STEM Festival.

 

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