To energize high school students about engineering through a real world electric vehicle program.
Established eighteen years ago, the Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge is an incredibly inspiring and high profile education program where high school students:
- Build real, full-size and small scale plug-in electric vehicles.
- Participate in a yearlong educational program and competition.
- Learn numerous skills including: applied engineering and environmental science, electrical troubleshooting, public speaking, and community service.
The EV Challenge provides teachers with materials for a yearlong educational program including curriculum materials, seminars, a competition, and fundraising support. The program is often a life-changer for students and has a significant positive impact on their experience of science and engineering. Recent research indicates that:
- 84% of the students become more confident in their ability to learn science.
- 68% of the students become higher performers in their science class.
- 34% of the students are more likely to pursue a career in engineering.
- 30% of the students are more likely to pursue a career in science.
The program is currently serving high schools in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, and Iowa and would like to grow to include a national reach.
Schools may enter vehicles in either of the following classifications:
Schools will compete in the following events at the annual competition:
The EV Challenge is led by:
Eric Ryan, Board Chairman
Ken Dulaney, Secretary
Heather Hildebrandt, Treasurer
Ewan Pritchard, Board Member
Steve Garrett, Executive Director
Click here for a summary of their bios.