According to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 58% of global passenger vehicle sales in 2040 will come from electric vehicles.
goHunterdon’s “EV Challenge” offers Hunterdon middle school students an interactive, hands on opportunity to learn about electric vehicles and the future of transportation technology. The program aligns with STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics); bridging the gap between these important educational disciplines.
Following a series of lessons, students work individually to transform a few components including a motor, wheels, axles, and a battery pack into a unique and functioning model race car. Vehicles are evaluated on engineering, craftsmanship, use of upcycled materials, and, speed.
More than 500 students at seven (7) schools are participating in the program this year: Alexandria Middle School, Califon Public School,High Bridge Middle School, Immaculate Conception School, Kingwood Township School, Readington Middle School, Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.
“The EV Challenge has been a great way to engage students, particularly during COVID19,” says Jodi Bettermann, goHunterdon Environmental Education Coordinator. “I’ve been able to teach lessons as a guest in remote classrooms throughout this school year, while students are able to still have a hands on experience whether they have been at home or in the school.”
The program is part of goHunterdon’s larger Environmental Education Program, which focuses on the impact of transportation choice on the environment. .
Supplies for the EV Challenge are provided at no cost to schools thanks to the generous support of local sponsors. “We are grateful to Altech Corp., Flemington, for their financial support of the EV Challenge,” says Tara Shepherd, goHunterdon Executive Director.
“Altech Corp. is always thinking about the future. Two of the most critical aspects of the future are our children and alternative energy which relates to protecting our environment. So, we see the goHunterdon EV Challenge as priceless. These are the kinds of programs all communities should be doing to encourage the young to problem solve and consider the environment that we all share,” says Dave Krochta, National Sales Manager.
For more information about the EV Challenge: https://www.gohunterdon.org/sustainable-hunterdon/ev-challenge