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Education Program Overview

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program, funded by a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, engages students and the public in learning about advanced vehicle technologies, energy efficiency, climate change, alternative fuels, and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) behind efficient vehicle development.

A key goal of this national program was to inspire youth to learn more about and pursue careers in advanced vehicle development, and to generate excitement about the energy-efficient vehicle options of the near-future. The Education Program created a multi-tiered approach to engage students and showcase the 21st century skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to succeed in work and life, including creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Three elements of the education program include:

An online, Interactive Knowledge Center created in partnership with Discovery Education. This Web site, featured activities for K-12 students, as well as high-quality videos, stimulating virtual labs and additional interactive resources intended for use from the classroom to the living room. Additionally, viewers could re-live the competition, monitor the performance of specific vehicles, and observe how vehicle technologies and driving styles affect various important current and cumulative figures-of-merit such as fuel-economy, environmental impact, vehicle status and more.

Select resources from this program are archived here so that teachers, parents and students can explore a variety of grade appropriate STEM topics through a number of exciting activities. K-2 students will be challenged to find out what makes cars go, while students in grades 3-5 will focus on building the skills needed to learn about force and motion and efficient energy transfer within a vehicle. Students in grades 6-8 will investigate fuel efficiency and develop a futuristic, energy efficient vehicle, and high school students will be tasked with analyzing patterns in mass transit issues.

Fuel Our Future Now resources for K-12 Educators and students:

A National Student Contest called DASH+, challenged high school teams to design the dashboard of the future incorporating feedback mechanisms to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Each design was accompanied by a written technical plan and a design video pitch to convince both auto manufacturers and the general public to adopt and embrace their new concepts.

DASH+ Winners Named!

EDV Technologies from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, CA, was the Grand Prize winner of the DASH+ contest. More than 10,000 online votes representing all 50 states were combined with scores from an independent panel of expert judges to determine which semi-finalist team would travel to Detroit to pitch its dashboard of the future to automotive industry representatives.

EDV (El Diseño Verde) includes students Jake Moghtader, Nikhil Shinday and Kelvin Noronha and mentor Kevin Schantz, a software architect. The team collaborated to design the dashboard, complete a technical plan and create a video pitch. Their dashboard design incorporates technology that continuously calculates maximum fuel economy based on previous performance of other vehicles on similar road conditions. The dashboard alerts the driver of environmental impact and awards GreenPoints, creating an eco-friendly competition.

The two other semi-finalist teams were DASH Tech of the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, MI, and Harker Innovation of The Harker School in San Jose, CA. In recognition of their accomplishments and to help further their education goals, all three semi-finalist teams shared $10,000 thanks to contributions from Progressive Insurance and Cisco Systems, Inc.

DASH+ Dashboard of the Future Contest Finalists' Designs and Plans

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Educational Outreach Events This summer, science centers from California to Massachusetts hosted a series of educational events to help visitors gain a greater understanding of fuel efficiency and climate change. The national education program engaged students and the public in learning about advanced vehicle technology and generated excitement about the energy-efficient vehicle options of the future. Museum activities offered hands-on and interactive experiences for the entire family to enjoy.