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NOVA Workforce Development & Independence HS Host Advanced Fuels Workshop

NOVA East Bay Union HSD Advanced Fuiels Workshop

Students learning about Electric Cars at the NOVA Workforce Development / East Side Union HSD Advanced Fuels Workshop

Students and parents visited the Advanced Fuels workshop at Independence High School. The program was hosted by NOVA Workforce Development and Independence HS. The focus of the event was to explore alternative fuels, their impact on transportation and environment and possible career pathways in the industry.

Students demonstrated their own STEM related projects, including CAD automotive modeling and custom Arduino Kits with code. Each participant had a chance to explore Independence’s electric car lab, identify components on the vehicle, work with tools and schematics and see how they work to power the vehicle.

Some lucky students even got a chance to test drive the electric car!


PODCAST 102 Our Shop Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

STEM School

On this episode Alex and Mike talk about the big expansion plans underway at the Electric Auto Shop adding more STEM pathways. See our latest curricula at EFCC 2016 in Sacramento, California, March 6-8, 2016.

Sacramento Convention Center March 6-8th, 2016
EFCC website: https://2016.educatingforcareers.org/front

Electric Auto Shop is now a part of SmarterSTEM, providing multiple pathways for STEM education. 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. Continue reading


San Jose High School Adopts SmarterSTEM Electric Vehicle Assembly Course

  • Sorin Neagu, Automotive Technology Instructor, Independence High School, San Jose, 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


Knowledge is Power, Connect with SmarterSTEM

3D-EV Capstone Electric Car Lab from SmarterSTEM

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.