Future Electrical Engineers and Designers Get Under the Hood of Electric Vehicles to Determine if They Align with California’s Climate Change Regulations
WHAT: The Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association, SMUD and Elk Grove Ford will bring EV automobiles including the Ford Fusion and Focus, Tesla Model X and Model S, Audi A3 e-tron, Chevrolet Bolt, Spark EV and Volt, Honda Clarity FCEV and Nissan Leaf to Pleasant Grove High School (PGHS) for a unique Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Showcase. This is a fact-finding event for Innovative Design and Engineering Academy (IDEA) students to start their research in answering this question: Are California’s utilities ready for their customers to charge electric vehicles (EV) in their homes? During the event, students will ask industry professionals about the EV market, demographics and who is likely to purchase an EV. They also get to look under the hood at each car’s components. In the spring, students will then present their findings to SMUD and other industry partners. This assignment was developed in collaboration with SMUD and long-time EGUSD partner, Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL), and is a component of an on-going challenge-based learning project with SMUD and Ford NGL.
WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pleasant Grove High School, 9531 Bond Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624
WHO: Pleasant Grove High School students in the IDEA Academy and industry partners from Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association (SAC EV) and SMUD.
WHY: Students from the IDEA Academy are mentored regularly by industry partners such as SMUD. SMUD is working to prepare its infrastructure for the anticipated increase in EV home charging. Tasked with this project, students will learn which type of customers purchase EVs and how to increase the numbers of EVs on the road.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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