Education Day and Clean Cities Day at the Michigan Capitol

While the engineering students on each EcoCAR 2 team work on their plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the garage, the communication and business managers have been visiting locations around the region to educate the community about EcoCAR.

On Monday, the communication managers traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to talk to middle school students at Clague Middle School about what had brought them all together.  Through presentations, activities, and looking at one of the EcoCAR 2 vehicles, the 7th and 8th graders learned about the different types of energy that fuel today’s vehicles.

Embry-Riddle communications manager Calvin Baker gives an overview of the EcoCAR program to students from  Clague Middle School

Embry-Riddle communications manager Calvin Baker gives an overview of the EcoCAR program to students from Clague Middle School

Jeff Taylor, a teacher at Clague Middle School, expressed appreciation. “As a physics and math teacher, you enriched my program in the time that I was able to have your team in my room.  Please come again!”

In collaboration with the local Clean Cities Coalition, the communication and business Managers traveled to the Michigan State Capital in Lansing on Tuesday to hear remarks from leaders working in clean energy. Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin welcomed EcoCAR 2 students to the Capitol, saying that Michigan is proud to support EcoCAR 2 because it develops opportunities to build tomorrow’s vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. Members of the Clean Energy Coalition, the host organization for the Ann Arbor and Detroit Clean Cities Coalitions, spoke about developing business models in clean energy and about communication with the public on energy and automotive issues.

EcoCAR 2 students heard from several presents in Michigan's State Capitol on Tuesday

EcoCAR 2 students heard from several presents in Michigan’s State Capitol on Tuesday

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