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Recently, Kary Winkler and Jesse Richuso, members of the Georgia Tech EcoCAR outreach team, visited Creekside Middle School in Georgia.

GT OCs Kary Winkler and Jesse Richuso

GT OCs Kary Winkler and Jesse Richuso

Kary and Jesse were very excited to be greeted by the happy faces of 8th grade life sciences students. The two GT outreach team members taught the middle schoolers about alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.

The highlight of the visit for the middle schoolers was the competitive activity that Kary and Jesse planned for them after the presentation. The Outreach Coordinators (OCs) challenged the class to develop an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle and come up with a corresponding magazine advertisement for a consumer campaign. The student teams had to choose between E85, gas/electric hybrid, full electric and hydrogen fuel cell energy sources and were also able to pick the car type, size and interior features. As an additional challenge, the students were tasked with keeping both price and consumer appeal in mind. The teams were given 25 minutes to draw a magazine ad and two minutes to present their ad and car to the class.

Eighth graders hard at work during the competitive activity
Eighth graders hard at work during the competitive activity

The team that received the most votes for their ad won the opportunity to visit the EcoCAR Garage on the Georgia Tech campus. Kary and Jesse were absolutely drained by the end of the school day, but they were encouraged by the students’ enthusiasm. The OCs believe they helped fuel a new generation of green-consumers!


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