When you put EcoCAR 2 students and middle school students in a room together to talk about vehicles, you get a lot of excitement. And excitement characterized two visits EcoCAR 2 team members made to local middle schools yesterday in Austin.
EcoCAR 2 communication managers visited the schools to talk about the competition, fuel efficiency, and alternative vehicles.
At Covington Middle School, the students participated in a game of Jeopardy with clues about efficient vehicles. At Murchison Middle School, EcoCAR students talked to the middle school students about how learning math and science now would help them to study engineering in college.
“Working with other EcoCAR 2 teams to participate in outreach day was a blast,” said Virginia Tech’s Communications Manager Virginia Hyer. “Delivering our presentation to the kids was a lot of fun, and seeing so many of them raise their hands to give answers during the Jeopardy game was rewarding.”
Students at the schools were able to look inside the new 2013 Chevy Malibu and a former Mississippi State Chevy EcoCAR from the former EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition.
John Haraf, General Motors Director of Hybrid Vehicle Integration and Controls, accompanied the teams to speak about the Chevy Volt, something that proved very popular with students.
Bringing together students from middle schools and universities is a great way to see the future of automotive engineering and demonstrates the excitement young people today feel for alternative energy.
Check out the slideshow below to see more images from yesterday’s middle school visits!