This past November, the North Carolina State University (NCSU) EcoCAR 2 team visited Research Triangle Charter Academy, a local charter school in Durham, NC. The school is located within four miles of Research Triangle Park headquarters, the region’s leading innovation hub in science and research.
Three classes of 7th and 8th graders attended the meeting with NCSU EcoCAR – a total of approximately 120 students. Bright students inquired about the EcoCAR 2 competition and remained engaged throughout a 50-minute presentation. One class even stayed for one hour and 50 minutes! Students asked creative and innovative questions such as, “Could we make cars run on air in the future?” Claire was able to explain the chemical makeup of air, and the importance of carbon-containing compounds in regards to energy. Alternative energies and biofuels were also discussed. At the end of each presentation students were given candy and a chance to win one of six NCSU EcoCAR 2 items.
Students were also interested in what being a college student is like and the process of getting involved in the EcoCAR 2 competition. This event was a perfect beginning to the holiday season for students.