A green-friendly, three-wheeled electric vehicle has taken up residence at the Crater School of Business Innovation and Science. Awarded by the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition, the sporty chassis is specially designed to help train future ecologists, graphic designers and technicians.
Mike Quilty, an RVCCC member and Central Point city councilor, said that the group hopes the automobile will help students learn more about alternative fuel technologies, which, in time, will bolster the public’s understanding of natural gas, propane, renewable natural gas and hybrid technologies. In a recent interview, Quilty good-naturedly chastised that, at present, most folks just “want to get in a car and go from point A to point B.”
How Did Teachers Use The Switch Lab Vehicle?
The SWITCH Lab — a developmental education company that considers both STEAM and Common Core standards — created the vehicle currently on loan at the Crater School of Business Innovation and Science.
Teaching With The SWITCH Lab Vehicle: Sustainability Lessons
Ecology teacher Sean Pfister plans to have students track the car’s combustion and lithium-ion battery outputs as a hands-on way to explore sustainability issues.
Teaching With The SWITCH Lab Vehicle: Design Lessons
Ron Craft, an art teacher, used the car to explore aspects of assembly, in addition to practical and graphic design. “Anything that we can find that captures students’ imaginations,” enthused Craft, “we run with it.”
Before these enthusiastic teachers could unleash their new curriculum, however, they attended a January 2018 training session at the SWITCH Lab. Participants hope that the test run at Crater goes well. If so, then the program will likely be rolled out to other area schools.
Rogue Valley: An Emerging Green-STEM Hub?
The Rogue Valley area is quickly becoming a hub for CTE academic initiatives. In fact, the School of Business Innovation and Science isn’t the only regional school that’s exploring and developing enhanced STEM and STEAM opportunities. Not only is Medford’s school district expanding its high school Pathways program to include more plumbing and electricity subjects, but the Southern Oregon Education Service District has developed the Air Academy, which introduces elementary-aged students to aviation and aerospace technologies.
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The Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition is a Southern Oregon environmental group that strives to educate the public about sustainability and conservation issues. If you have questions about the SWITCH Lab project or other green issues, contact us today.