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While there are many goals that are part of this project, the main ones would be as follows:
1. To develop an alternative fuels/electric vehicle curriculum for Florida high schools.
2. To provide my students the opportunity to work with newer automotive technology that is not currently part of the high school curriculum.
3. To give those students involved an advantage in the automotive workplace by gaining experience with electric vehicle design and engineering.
The "Electric Brick" is a 1974 Bricklin SV-1 that we acquired in part through donations from local vendors. The history of Malcolm Bricklin is one I have shared with my students the past couple of years as part of "Automotive Archaeology" as his story is similar to the more famous John Delorean and his DMC-12. As the car was delivered missing a drive train, I felt my students would benefit more from attempting an electric conversion as opposed to an internal combustion engine. While definitely more challenging, I believe it will not only provide insight into emerging vehicle engineering but also entertain the possibility of resurrecting classic vehicles by adapting them to cleaner technology.

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The Electric Brick

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School:
Plant City Senior High 
Subject:
Career and Technical 
Teacher:
David Kocher 
 
188741 
Students Impacted:
100 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
November 8, 2019

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jason Ryan - $100.00

Nancy Kocher - $50.00

Patricia Kerns - $50.00

David DeMilner - $250.00

T. Rowe Price - $1,550.00

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Goal

While there are many goals that are part of this project, the main ones would be as follows:
1. To develop an alternative fuels/electric vehicle curriculum for Florida high schools.
2. To provide my students the opportunity to work with newer automotive technology that is not currently part of the high school curriculum.
3. To give those students involved an advantage in the automotive workplace by gaining experience with electric vehicle design and engineering.
The "Electric Brick" is a 1974 Bricklin SV-1 that we acquired in part through donations from local vendors. The history of Malcolm Bricklin is one I have shared with my students the past couple of years as part of "Automotive Archaeology" as his story is similar to the more famous John Delorean and his DMC-12. As the car was delivered missing a drive train, I felt my students would benefit more from attempting an electric conversion as opposed to an internal combustion engine. While definitely more challenging, I believe it will not only provide insight into emerging vehicle engineering but also entertain the possibility of resurrecting classic vehicles by adapting them to cleaner technology.
 

 

What will be done with my students

As stated above, the current high school curriculum for automotive technology does not include electric vehicles. It does currently touch on hybrid technology but most automotive manufacturers either have or are bringing to market full electric automobiles. By exposing my students to this type of vehicle engineering they will hopefully become more desirable candidates in the automotive workplace. If we concurrently are able to develop an electric automotive curriculum for the state it can impact more than just those students in my classroom. 

 

Benefits to my students

The expected outcome would be the development of a high school level curriculum that focuses on electric automobiles as well as a deeper exposure to hybrids and other alternative fueled vehicles. I would also expect my students to feel more confident in their ability to acquire employment with those vehicle manufacturers that produce electric automobiles. I also imagine we will gain a greater understanding of the different mindset needed to work on this type of vehicle technology. 

 

Budget Narrative

This part of the project is to acquire a non-driveable Nissan Leaf to strip the electric drive components off of to adapt to the Bricklin chassis. This would include any transportation costs necessary to deliver the vehicle to the school. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Wrecked/salavged Nissan Leaf $2,000.00
  Total: $2,000.00

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