Game-based learning. Augmented reality virtual field trips. Biometric eye-tracking to determine how students absorb and understand content.
Toyota has teamed up with Horizon Educational Group the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge to 20 California schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
The Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge is a semester-long, afterschool program focused on alternative fuels and climate change. During the unique, hands-on program, teams of high school students have the opportunity to build their own fuel cell remote control vehicles and learn first-hand about the future of fuel cell technology. The program kicks off today with a teacher training event at Toyota’s offices in Torrance, California and will cross the finish line when student teams race their fuel cells vehicles in March 2017.
“The Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge provides an opportunity to introduce the next generation of innovators to fuel cell technology,” said Doug Coleman, Toyota national vehicle marketing manager. “We hope this challenge encourages students to join Toyota in the effort to create a more eco-conscious and sustainable future.”
The customized, interactive STEM curriculum is rooted in the design principles of the Toyota Mirai, including exploring challenges and solutions Mirai engineers experienced during vehicle development, with a focus on renewable energy technology. In addition to support from Toyota fuel cell engineers, the students will be coached by trailblazing Mirai owners and work with members of a Toyota NASCAR Pit Crew for their final race.
Participating schools include 10 each from Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Several schools contain largely multicultural – Hispanic, African-American or Asian-American – student bodies. The participation of these schools reaffirms Toyota’s commitment to supporting innovators from all communities and backgrounds. Participating schools are in development, with the following confirmed:
San Pedro High School
Banning Academies of Creative & Innovative Sciences
Fremont Math and Science Technology Magnet
West Adams Prep High School
Chaminade High School
Downtown Business Magnet
Hamilton High School
Beverly Hills High School
Irvine High School
University High Irvine
Mission Viejo High School
El Toro High School
Edison High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Cornelia Connelly School
Servite High School