Students’ project may have earned a new world record!

Stan Megraw
23 January 2012

Do you find school boring? If so, you’re not alone. In a recent survey by researchers at Indiana University, two-thirds of the participants think high school is boring.

That's not the case for a group of students in Missouri. With the help of mentors and a team of engineers from Bridgestone Tire, they’ve built what could be the most energy efficient vehicle in the world.

The DeLaSalle Education Center is a high school in Kansas City, MI that gives students with special needs an alternative learning experience. In 2010, the school offered a class that used physics and related subjects to teach students the fundamentals of automotive design. The objective was to use this knowledge to build an electric vehicle over the summer months.

On August 10, 2010 the customized, clear-shelled car was tested at Bridgestone’s track in Texas where it achieved a fuel efficiency equivalent to nearly 300 miles per gallon! The school has submitted a request to be recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.

To learn more about this fascinating project, click here.

Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.


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