Electric Vehicle Challenge- Grades 6-8

goHunterdon’s Electric Vehicle Challenge program engages students learn about alternative energy and electric vehicles by designing, building, and racing electrically powered model cars.

The EV Challenge is an environmental education program that aligns with STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics); bridging the gap between these important educational disciplines.

Students learn about the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and how electric vehicles offer an alternative to the traditional combustion engine used in many cars.

Electric Vehicle Challenge programming may be incorporated into classroom curriculum or used as part of an after school club. Lessons are provided to teacher as “Lessons in a Box” with lesson plans and necessary supplies/equipment provided.

Over the course of several months, students participate in interactive lessons on Greenhouse Gases, Vehicle Emissions, Alternative/Green Energy Sources, Aerodynamics, Gears and Gear Ratios, Basics of Design, Building and Testing a Prototype Vehicle, and Speed.

Students then work to transform a few components including a motor, wheels, axles, and a battery pack into a unique and functioning model race car. Beyond these materials, students may use anything they like to build their vehicle. The only two required materials that must be used are the battery pack and motor; everything else is fair game.

Student vehicles are evaluated on Engineering, Craftsmanship, and Use of Upcycled Materials.


Program Sponsors

3M | 3M Science. Applied to Life.

Electric Vehicle Challenge

For more information about
EV Challenge contact
Margret Thompson 
(908) 788-5553

EV Challenge