EcoCAR 3 team members ready for outreach events Jan. 31

January 30, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Members of the Penn State EcoCAR 3 team will participate in two separate outreach efforts Saturday, Jan. 31, volunteering at an event for middle school students on the University Park campus and presenting at a regional technology student conference at Park Forest Middle School in State College.

Five members of the team will volunteer at Penn State's Expanding Your Horizons STEM Career Day for Girls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Life Sciences Building.

The event focuses on inspiring middle school girls to follow their passion for STEM careers, those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team members will discuss various disciplines available to women, and the importance of women in those fields.

"This is a one-of-a-kind outreach opportunity," said Donghee Lee, communications manager for the EcoCAR 3 team. "The event allows one-on-one interaction with young women to really foster their interest in STEM careers."

Activities include breakout sessions, discussion panels and workshops on topic such as cryptography, genetics, medicine, space travel and more.

A separate group of team members will participate and present at the Technology Student Association Region 8 Conference at Park Forest Middle School.

Along with a half-hour presentation specifically about EcoCAR 3, the team will display the 2013 hybrid Chevrolet Malibu from the EcoCAR competition.

In addition, team members will be in charge of judging two contests -- Go Green Manufacturing and Children's Stories. The manufacturing competition requires creativity, problem solving and resourcefulness to design and manufacture a product out of recycled materials. The stories contest encourages participants to be creative while illustrating a children's story with social and instructional value.

"Usually our team is the one being judged," Lee said. "It's exciting to be on the other side of the competition while encouraging aspiring STEM youth."

The EcoCAR 3 team is part of the overall Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team, which has represented the University in competitions since 1988. The latest competition challenges the team to design a hybrid Chevrolet Camaro. The team is comprised of 70 Penn State students, faculty and staff.

Last Updated January 30, 2015