Wayne State University Visits Summit Academy High School

The Wayne State University EcoCAR 3 team recently visited Summit Academy High School situated in Romulus, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. For the first outreach event of the year, the team taught a supplementary lesson to Ms. Stefani’s physics class for grades 11 and 12.

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The lesson started with a presentation by the team. This included an introduction to the EcoCAR 3 program, the importance of hybrid vehicle technologies and the team’s chosen architecture. The presentation went particularly into detail on what each of the major powertrain components were and how they worked together. Lastly, the team touched on the importance of STEM education and their associated career paths.

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Following the presentation, students were put in pairs to work on the hands-on motor kit activity. The motor kit demonstrates how electrical energy can be converted into mechanical energy, in a similar fashion to what occurs in an electric vehicle. Each pair of students was able to work together, troubleshoot and successfully get the motor to run.

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When asked for feedback about the visit, one student said “my favorite part was building the miniature motor. I love to tinker and have gained more knowledge about cars.” By working with these students, the team helped to educate and engage youth in engineering, hybrid technologies and pursuing an education and career in STEM. We look forward to welcoming these students to the team in the future!

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