It’s important for students to learn the nuts and bolt of technology via hands-on training, rather than simply being users of the technology. On a recent podcast (LISTEN) we talked about an article in ARS Technica, “Why it’s critical for the next gen to be tech creators not consumers.” Continue reading
Education company SmarterSTEM will demonstrate an electric vehicle lab and a breakthrough solar oven course at its booth for the 2016 Educating for Careers Conference, EFCC, March 6-8, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. Booths: 116-118. With the theme “New STEM Pathways” SmarterSTEM is bringing real world projects like electric vehicles, solar ovens and 3D printers to students. Continue reading
For the second year in a row, the California Department of Education awarded a grant for instructor training in EV assembly, covering the cost of the course and making it free-of-charge to high school instructors for continuing education. And for the second straight year it sold out.
The instructor course, which took place January 25-29 in Rancho Cordova, California just outside Sacramento. Organizer SmarterSTEM (http://www.smarterstem.com) is seeking funding and recruiting to hold more instructor training classes in the future. The course was taught by Bruce Cosby of Advanced Automotive Training in Rancho Cordova, California.
Auto shop teacher Sorin Neagu caused a spectacle when he launched Independence High School’s new course.
He drove through the center of school at lunchtime in front of hundreds of students, in a shiny three-wheeled hot rod, offering rides and rewarding his best students with turns behind the wheel. What better way to recruit students to a new course in STEM education? Continue reading
Thank you to Sorin Neagu, Automotive Technology Instructor for Independence High School, for allowing us to photograph and film the delivery of the 3D-EV Capstone Electric Car Lab. We’re looking forward to seeing it being used in the classroom, so please keep us updated on your progress. See an image gallery below: Continue reading
SmarterSTEM doesn’t know where to find you, but now you know where to find us! Welcome to the SmarterSTEM social network, an ever-expanding place full of STEM-related advice, equipment, selfies, podcasts and all the other nuts and bolts of the STEM classroom. Don’t be shy, engage with your full potential and find SmarterSTEM on your favorite platforms. Have a question? Suggestions? There are several ways to connect with SmarterSTEM.
Mike and Alex are back after a long hiatus to explain where the Electric Auto Shop has gone… inside SmarterSTEM to be accurate. Brought to you from a roadtrip to San Jose. Listen on the player below.
Electric Auto Shop is now a part of SmarterSTEM. Today’s STEM classrooms use new technologies to inspire students and while we will continue bringing electric vehicles and alternative fuels to our students via Electric Auto Shop, we will bring new ideas like our 3D Curricula Pathway, which uses 3D printing and design to unlock a multitude of new projects for students, from electric vehicles, to drones, to medical prostheses.
You’ll be able to see some of these new courses at EFCC 2016 – the annual Educating for Careers Conference, March 6-8 at the Sacramento Convention Center, including the 3D-EV and our new Solar Thermal Technology Lab.
On this is episode 101 of the SmarterSTEM podcast Mike and Alex hit the road (just like the old days) from Santa Rosa to San Jose, California to visit Independence High School and instructor Sorin Neagu. Little did they realize the hubbub that would ensue when Sorin drives the 3D-EV Capstone into the middle of campus at high noon. While we cannot show any of the students faces, believe me watching their faces light up when they saw Sorin driving the 3D-EV Capstone was priceless.
We enjoyed podcasting from the road, and Mike did well not to crash. By the way, when driving from the South Bay to the North Bay, and visa-versa, the East Bay is always much easier than the Peninsula. We flew up the Fwy 880 north past the Tesla Factory, spying a couple of Model S’s or Modelesses, plural, along the way. Definitely cool seeing more electric cars on the road, including the Nissan Leaf, the Smart Electric Drive, Chevy Volt, and the BMW i3.
We always love getting your feedback, so drop us a note or give us a review on iTunes. Stay tuned for more podcasts from the road. If you have an idea, guest, or would like to share your own EV project, we’d love to hear from you.