Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition

Across the nation, high school students are engaging in the design and fabrication of energy efficient vehicles, which helps promote and prepare them for careers in engineering, manufacturing and transportation.

This year marks the third Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition, giving high school students an opportunity to put their STEM lessons into practice. As part of the competition, students design, build and test a small one-person vehicle with a focus on gasoline mileage.

Illinois educators and school administrators are invited to the Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition, now in its third year, on Monday, April 29, 2018, when students from eight high schools compete at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The vehicle that burns the least amount of fuel wins.

In years past, Illinois school districts like Arlington Heights-based High School District 214 traveled to Wisconsin to participate in energy-efficient vehicle competitions. Thanks to a partnership among several public and private organizations, Illinois students now have the opportunity to participate in this authentic learning experience in their home state.

Suburban Chicago school districts like Township High School District 211 and High School District 214 teamed up with Autobahn, the Joyce Foundation, Big Kaiser, Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the Illinois Science and Technology Institute, Technology and Manufacturing Association and the Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association to make this possible.

Their goal is to develop and expand the competition to provide more educational opportunities and work-based learning experiences for Illinois students, and increase industry support behind this event so more schools can participate at a relatively low cost.

For more information, contact:
Dave Wietrzak, Rolling Meadows High School Career & Technical Education Division Head, david.wietrzak@d214.org
or Dan Ludwigsen, Hersey High School Career & Technical Education Division Head, dan.ludwigsen@d214.org

 
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Rolling Meadows students win first annual IEEVC competition

Rolling Meadows High School students won the first annual Illinois Energy Efficient Vehicle Competition (IEEVC), a contest that gives high school students the opportunity to put their STEM lessons into practice by designing, building and driving an energy-efficient vehicle.

Programs like the IEEVC are designed to promote manufacturing education and technology-related careers to high school students. In years past, Illinois school districts traveled to Wisconsin to participate in energy-efficient vehicle competitions.

Thanks to a partnership among several public and private organizations, Illinois students from eight high schools competed in their home state at the Autobahn Country Club on May 8. The Rolling Meadows team won because their vehicle burned the least amount of fuel.

Along with winning the competition, Rolling Meadows students and their instructors earned a front-row seat at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the upcoming 101st Indianapolis 500.

Across the nation, high school students are engaging in the design and fabrication of energy efficient vehicles, which helps promote and prepare them for careers in engineering, manufacturing and transportation.

Suburban Chicago school districts like Township High School District 211 and High School District 214 teamed up with Autobahn, the Joyce Foundation, STEM 101, Big Kaiser, Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the Illinois Science and Technology Institute and the Wisconsin Energy Efficient Vehicle Association to make this competiton possible.

The goal is to develop and expand the competition to provide more educational opportunities and work-based learning experiences for Illinois students, and increase industry support behind this event so more schools can participate at a relatively low cost.

The inuaugual IEEVC was covered by WGN-TV. See video and report below.

 

605 mpg student-built vehicle crushes in energy efficient race

May 9, 2017, by WGN Web Desk and Sarah Jindra

A new competition in Illinois judges how well high school students can build energy efficient vehicles.

Last year, some local students went to this competition in Wisconsin.  It was so successful that Illinois started its own.

Instead of racing for speed, they are racing to see whose car can get the best gas mileage.

Students in the area spent this school year building single passenger vehicles in their engineering and manufacturing courses.

Monday they got to put the vehicles to the test on the track.

The winning vehicle was able to go 605 miles on a gallon of gas.