Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Hosts 2nd Annual “Design Your Own Malibu” Contest for Local Youth

Earlier this fall, the Rose-Hulman EcoCAR 2 team visited the local 14th and Chestnut Community Center. The team hosted a ‘Design Your Own Malibu’ contest and brought pumpkins for each of the students.

The team was given the opportunity to interact with and educate 21 middle school students from the Wabash Valley area that attend the after school program, hosted by the 14th and Chestnut Community Center. Communication Manager Ashley Kronsell said that “It is great being able to visit the various after school programs in Terre Haute! We have been able to educate the students outside of the classroom and have fun while doing so.”

A local student design of their hybrid Malibu

A local student design of their hybrid Malibu

When reaching out to local youth, the team focuses on education as well as application of the material they learn.

“At events like these, we like to first educate the kids about EcoCAR 2, Rose-Hulman, hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuels. We then let them apply everything they have learned about alternative fuel vehicles and allow them to design their own vehicle using any sustainable resources they find necessary.”

The kids competed in the Design Your Own Malibu contest and had designs incorporating resources such as water, electric, wind, and even solar power into their vehicles.

Outreach team member Shannon Washburn says that “It is very fun to see what the kids come up with and how they incorporate alternative fuels into their designs!”