Top 5 Highlights from Virginia Tech’s Fall Outreach Events

Written by Sara Lepley, Communications Team Member for HEVT

Outreach events allow us to inform the community about the EcoCAR 3 competition, alternative fuel vehicles, and the importance of sustainability. Here are a few highlights from last  semester!

    1. Virginia Science Festival
      The Virginia Science Festival invites thousands of families and students to come, learn and be inspired by research and technical achievements occurring in Virginia. Each booth features a hands-on activity that answers a STEAM-related question. We brought Mary the Malibu, the car HEVT transformed into a hybrid electric vehicle for the EcoCAR 2 competition. Elementary and middle school-aged students checked Mary out while we told them about the EcoCAR 3 competition. We loved hearing students from kindergarten to seniors in high school’s perspective on hybrid electric vehicles!

 

  1. Ware Lab tours
    This semester, we held open houses and gave tours at the Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Lab, also known as the Ware Lab, also known as an engineer’s natural habitat. The Ware Lab is where we do all of our designing, building and refining for the EcoCAR 3 competition. Some days, 50 students file into our station at the lab, and other days it will only be a high school senior and his or her parents. No matter the case, we are always happy to answer questions and to give people a look at what being a student at t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶c̶e̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶E̶a̶r̶t̶h̶ Virginia Tech is really like.

    HEVT member Dan Hewitt educated parent and future VT student on the importance of hybrid vehicles.

    HEVT member Dan Hewitt educated parent and future VT student on the importance of hybrid vehicles.

    1. Odyssey Day
      In October, we teamed up with Virginia Clean Cities and hosted Odyssey Day, or National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day on the Virginia Tech campus. To engage our visitors, we used salvaged wood from the Ware Lab to create chalkboards that asked a simple question: How do you stay green? Considering that Virginia Tech has a gold rating for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, we were not surprised at how eager students were to share how they stay green. Many people had a hard time narrowing it down to just one thing!

 

  1. Engineering Tailgates
    Tailgates, hosted by the College of Engineering, give us a chance to hang out with alumni, some of which actually participated in HEVT! They love to ask us technical questions about the Camaro and we enjoy hearing about their experiences when they were students at VT.

    Virginia Tech student shared with us how he stays green at school (2)

    Virginia Tech student shared with us how he stays green at school (2)

  1. Green Living and Energy Expo
    More than 50 vendors including Virginia Clean Cities and Habitat for Humanity joined us in the celebration and promotion of sustainability at the Green Living and Energy Expo hosted by the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals. The Expo took place at the Special Events Center at the Roanoke Civic Center, allowing both visitors and vendors to wander around and learn. While the crowd was diverse, we all shared the same vision of a more sustainable America.

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