I've mentioned before that we're planning a robust education program for the Automotive X PRIZE. In addition to educating the car-buying public about their clean vehicle options, we hope to inspire future automotive engineers and encourage them to think about fuel efficiency and emissions as exciting fields of work.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation already sponsors a wonderful program also designed to get students interested in engineering, math and science through practical applications. The progam is called A World in Motion (AWIM) and includes 4 great challenges including projects to build a skimmer boat, a "jet toy," a motorized vehicle, and a glider. A World in Motion's impact on students to date is significant:
- More than 16,000 schools have received AWIM kits since 1990
- They estimate that more than 2 million students have participated in AWIM programs
- More than 15,000 volunteer engineers have been involved in AWIM programs
If you are a teacher looking for additional resources to get your students excited about science and enginnering, there is more science-related curriculum that can be found online here:
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (including a lesson plan on the automobile)
- Smithsonian Education
- Discovery Channel Schools Curriculum Center
Perhaps there are many more resources like these available...do you know of other tools for teachers looking to inspire future automotive engineers? Do you have any great ideas about how to get students involved in the Automotive X PRIZE? Speak up!