In the District of Columbia, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) used SEP funds to provide technical support to high schools participating in the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (EVGP). The EVGP invites teams of high school students to design and build electric vehicles (EV), and enter the EV in a competitive race with their peers. DOEE provides new parts, new car kits, registration fees, and technical assistance, and students are encouraged to apply energy efficiency techniques to build an effective and efficient vehicle, and learn how to analyze data they retrieve from the cars’ onboard computers. A course on welding and blow forming was provided as additional technical training for students who were interested in making a custom canopy for their school’s vehicle. Students participating in the EVGP build their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge and are better prepared to enter the workforce.
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