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?

Hundreds of photos and selfies were taken over the next several moments as the three-wheeler drove quietly around the Independence clock tower through crowds of gawking high school students. Neagu had to turn students away saying they would have to take the class.  We got so many great photos we made a separate image gallery.

Independence High School Takes Delivery of 3D-EV

3D-EV Capstone Electric Car Lab from SmarterSTEM

3D-EV Capstone Electric Car Lab from SmarterSTEM

Independence High School of San Jose, California took delivery in January of the 3D-EV Capstone Electric Car Lab from SmarterSTEM. The kit includes textbooks and video instructions for full assembly of an electric vehicle through the 16-week course.

The 3D-EV Capstone Electric Car is designed to inspire students towards STEM based learning; STEM for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The car is disassembled and reesembled in class and makes learning fun by offering an end-goal of a drivable prototype. Neagu believes the new course can prepare students for the 2016 job market.

“SmarterSTEM’s lab course provides our students with hands-on, real-world career training and marketable industrial skills leading to certification,” said Sorin Neagu, Automotive Technology Instructor at Independence High School.

The project is designed for students in high school, technical college and university-level automotive classes can assemble a full scale working electric vehicle, equipped with steering, chassis, brakes, suspension, electric motor, controller, charger, wiring and batteries.

Independence High School Proudly Displays New 3D-EV Electric Car Lab at the EFCC Conference March 6-8 in Sacramento, California

Sorin Neagu, Automotive Instructor at Independence High School, San Jose, California

Sorin Neagu, Automotive Instructor at Independence High School, San Jose, California

Thank you to the forward-thinking staff and students of Independence High School for sharing the success of their electric car project at the EFCC!  See it March 6-8 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

EFCC 2016 March 6-8 at the Sacramento Convention Center. See this STEM project in person

 

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