Questions we’re exploring

1. What is the impact of exposure to advanced technologies in automotive fields on high school students?

High school students in automotive technology don’t often have the opportunity to work with recently emerging technologies, such as electric motors. Given that the students of today will likely be working with this tech, we feel it is relevant and important to explore both how and why this hands-on work might impact their future careers.

2. How can student-led projects intersect with traditional curriculum in automotive technology programs?

Automotive tech curriculum typically follows a traditional set of concepts and skills. We wonder if adding an element of student choice-based projects could both augment the curriculum as well as integrate additional components relevant to industry.

3. What types of experiences can we co-design with students to give them exposure to the ‘real world’ work going on in automotive tech?

Getting students outside of the automotive workshop and into the real world may give them a host of benefits. Face-to-face time may highlight possible pathways to successful career paths and expand student understanding of the automotive industry. We are curious what types of experiences might spark student passion and interest.


Automotive Technology Research Overview

Throughout our work with automotive technology, we have been studying how the students respond to the subject, and seek to answer our three critical questions for the program.

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Program Updates

Electric Drag Racer in the Press

We are excited to share that the students at Bothell High School, their instructor Pat McCue, and the work they have done on the electric drag racer have been featured in the Seattle Times, Northwest News, and the Bothell Reporter!

Take a look at theSeattle Times, Northwest News, and Bothell Reporter to read more stories!

Laguna Seca and Canepa

To find out more about what drives student passion for auto, we brought a group of high school students who are enrolled in automotive programs to Laguna Seca and Canepa in California.

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Pat McCue of Northshore on Cars Yeah

Automotive teacher at Bothell High School appeared on the popular Cars Yeah podcast to talk about the student experience working on the car, partnering with foundry10, and his life as an auto teacher.

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Automotive Programs

Our automotive programs from 2015/2016 include an electric drag racer and some Model-T hot rods. You can check out more about the auto programs we ran last school year on our auto overview.

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