Early on in Year Two, Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) traveled to the Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration in Rocky Mount, Virginia to talk to high school and middle school students about engineering. The team talked about the importance of math and science classes and what it takes to succeed as an engineering major in college. The Virginia Tech team also gave the students an overview of the EcoCAR program and their experiences so far in the competition. The Rocky Mount students enjoyed learning about hybrid vehicles and getting an inside look at HEVT’s vehicle.
The high point of the day was taking the students outside to point to specific components in the car. They asked lots of questions and even got to jump into the driver’s seat! After the presentation, a few Rocky Mount students expressed an interest in mechanical engineering – we have our fingers crossed that one day they will follow in our footsteps!